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Tunnel Creek Access

Park in the gravel lot immediately south of the HWY 3 Tunnel (20 km from Fernie). Ski up the road on the south side of Tunnel Creek for 3.7 km, 485 vertical meters. On the 3rd major (180 degree) switchback turn right off the road at a drainage and climb another 1.3 kilometers and 275 meters to the Tunnel Hut. Along this route make sure you climb to the right after you have gained the steep headwall (on the attached map). You will then be climbing below the Sunnyside Slope of Tunnel Ridge and will see the hut in an open meadow.

Tunnel Creek: N 49degrees 20 min 48.3 sec, W 115deg 03min 38.5min at an altitude of 1715 meters

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