From the carpool location we will drive to Lake Louise where we will have a liquid adjustment break and put our boots on.
Paget Peak trailhead is 15 km west of Lake Louise, next to West Louise Lodge (Wapta Lake Picnic Area Parking Lot.)
From the trailhead we will follow a well marked, 3.5 km long trail to Paget Lookout. The lookout sits on the slopes of Paget Peak, about 500 m above the trailhead.
The structure, overlooking Kicking Horse Pass, is in a very good condition. Repainted walls and doors, glass windows still intact, even though the lookout hasn’t been used since the mid-1970’s. Stunning view of Mt. Stephen (3,199 m) - the mountain which overlooks the town of Field. The lookout building is a very good place to stop for a snack (S No.1 ) and for adjusting equipment. The site is half way to the peak, but the remaining half is considerably steeper. At the lookout we may have to put helmets on and continue to Paget Peak (2,650 m.) The route to the top requires occasional use of hands.
The group will have lunch at the top (S No.2) admiring 360 degree view of surrounding mountains including: Mt. Victoria, Mt. Balfour, Mt. Niles, Mt. Daly and many other peaks. After lunch the group will visit the nearby first peak of Paget's North Ridge, which offers even better views, and time permitting will continue along the ridge to the third and last peak of the ridge.
We will hike together, going at a moderate, but consistent pace with only short stops for drinks, snacks and adjustments to the equipment.
On our way back we will go for a meal at Lake Louise.
Difficulty: Difficult D5
Trail Length: 12 km (return)
Time to Complete: 8 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,000+ m
Drive Time to Trailhead: 2 hours
The mountain is named after an Anglican priest - Very Reverend C. E. Paget [masked]), who served as a Dean of Calgary for 26 years.
He was an avid mountaineer and an early member of Alpine Club of Canada. Since he came to Calgary in 1901 he must have been in his 50s or 60s when he made the first recorded ascent of the mountain.
Paget Peak is 76th highest mountain in Yoho National Park, so we have quite a way to go before we start climbing the really high ones.
Expect and be prepared for: superb 360 degree view from the top and the ridge; scree; snow patches; sunshine; wind; unexpected weather changes; need for snacking and drink on the way up.
Required items to bring:
o hiking boots (gaiters recommended to prevent scree from getting into your boots)
o climbing helmet (recommended) Itcan be rented at MEC or UofC for $4, or purchased for $50-60;
o hiking pole(s) (mandatory) with snow baskets (recommended); snow baskets are needed to prevent hiking poles from getting stuck between rocks
o gloves (strongly recommended so you do not cut your hands); inexpensive leather workgloves work very well this time of the year
o food and drink sufficient for 7-8 hours
o sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
o something to sit on at lunch break (piece of foam, garbage bag)
o pants and jacket/shirt which will dry quickly (no cotton); windbreaker, rain jacket, warm fleece; spare pair of dry socks; dress in layers, have something warm to put on when we stop at the top
Yoho is a grizzly country, so we will hike as a tight group - bear sprays are welcome if they make you feel safer.
Helmets are required to protect us from other groups above us which may send scree rocks running and jumping down the slope. From the lookout to the top the group has to hike together in order not to drop rocks at each other.
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