Paget Peak
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Paget Peak – Lake Louise Yoho

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L - Abandoned Fire Lookout

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Lookout, hump behind is not the summit, farther on

Paget Peak

Scramble: Class 1 – Steep Hiking

Altitude: 2,560m (8,397 ft)

Elevation Gain: 1,000m (3,280 ft)

Ascent Time: 2 – 3 1/2 Hours

Best Season to Scramble: End of June to October


This scramble though not as high as some offers very nice views for the effort. It extends a popular hiking trail to an abandoned fire lookout.

Getting There

Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway # 1 to Lake Louise 187km (116.9 miles). Continue west on the TransCanada for another 15km (9.4 miles) to the West Louise Lodge. Just past the Lodge is a small parking lot called the Wapta Lake Picnic Area. It’s a right hand turn into this lot.

Route Description

From here follow the Sherbrooke Lake / Paget Fire Lookout trail which is found near the picnic shelter. At the first trail split keep left as the right trail heads back down to the West Louise Lodge. At the next junction (1.4km) take the right hand trail which is relatively level for a while until you begin switchbacks up the west side of Paget Peak. Upon reaching the lookout (3.5km) you’ve covered about 2/3 of the elevation and are treated to the imposing view of Mt. Stephen which overlooks Field. From here continue on to the summit with views expanding to the north. Don’t be deceived by the first hump north of the lookout, it’s not the summit. Gain this first hump and the true summit comes into view. Easy scrambling all the way.