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Sunset on Saskatoon Mountain
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Seven pm just might be the most perfect time to go for a hike on a warm late spring evening. That was the time that Mandy and I met up with our dogs to head up Saskatoon Mountain in Coleman. The trail starts at the same place as the Miners Path in Flumerfeldt park. We walked the Miners Path all the way to the falls and then headed right, up the stairs, at the top of the stairs we headed left, following directions from an online trail guide. At the next fork we went right and up another hill, at the top of that hill was the last fork in the trail, we went right.

The trail is a steady and steep uphill battle with two false summits before reaching the actual summit roughly 4.1km in. The path was crowded with Blackeyed Susan's and tall grass. It made the uphill grind really pleasant. Especially with the sun starting to go down over the mountains.

Further along on the trail you cut back into the trees and there are some really cool petrified old trees that have grown sideways because of the wind.
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We hit the summit just in time to watch the sun sinking behind Crowsnest Mountain and The Seven Sisters while enjoying a beer and watching the dogs run around. The return trip was done by the cool dusk light and it was just getting dark as we made the last km trek down the Miners Path to the vehicles.

The whole trip took us just over 2 hours of hiking time and got us 8.3km and 593m of elevation gain. It's a pretty solid uphill hike, and fairly steep and loose in places, this hike would be better suited for a more moderate hiker or an energetic kid.

Up next for me: Bare Hill
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