After gearing up at the trailhead, we used the approach along a snow-covered logging road in Seventy Buck Valley as described in Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide. Previous hikers had already broken trail for us, and travel was easy. After descending to an intersection with a cut line, we continued along the road which winds its way up the south side of Eagle Hill. The crux of the trip was climbing over the barbed-wire fence at the top which marks the boundary with Stoney Indian Reserve. Although the actual high point is shrouded in trees, the southwest side of Eagle Hill is open and affords some respectable views of distant mountains. We spent about 45 minutes at the top snapping photos, eating, and feeding treats to Tehya. Once we were all satisfied, we slipped back across the fence and retraced our steps back to our cars without incident. This trip amounted to little more than an extended dog walk, but it was still nice to be out in the fresh air socializing with like-minded friends and tagging our first summit (albeit a minor one) of 2015.
Be sure to check out Bob's trip
report. The view to the west includes Grotto Mountain (left)
and Mount Fable (right).
The group heads up a snow-covered
Eagle Hill comes into view as the road
descends into the valley.
So is about to whack Bob and Dinah
with his weird whacking stick!
The group approaches the foot of the
The group pauses for a break partway
up the hill.
Because the summit of Eagle Hill (1734 metres)
is covered with trees, the group poses for a photo at a nearby
clearing. From L to R are Sonny, Dinah, Bob, Raff and So.
Tehya stands guard on Eagle Hill.
So, Dinah and Raff wait to pose for
The Three Sisters (left) and Mount
Lawrence Grassi (right) are also visible to the west.
Sonny tries to hold Tehya still for a
Sonny has better luck when he holds a
doggy treat in his hand.
The group eats some snacks at the
While So and Raff appear to be content
with their own food, Tehya gets spoiled by Dinah.
Raff climbs back over the barbed-wire
fence on the way out.
Moose Mountain can be seen to the
south as the group heads back down the trail.
Distance: 8.4 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 3 hours 16 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 261 metres
The view to the west includes Grotto Mountain (left) and Mount Fable (right).