Steven Song's Peak-bagging Journey

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Paget Peak

After finishing Mt Norquay, Mt Aylmer, and Panorama Ridge in the past 3 days, I was very tired. Despite the good weather, my choices were limited. I was thinking about Mount Field since it's a relatively short ascent, but changed my mind to Paget Peak, an even shorter objective. 5km one way, 1000m elevation gain, easy scramble, this is probably the easiest ascent in Yoho. The trail head is located at the west end of Wapta Lake, and a good trail with tens of switchbacks leads up to Paget Lookout, a popular hiker's destination.

As ascending on the trail, I noticed that some clouds were moving in from the west. By the time I got to the Lookout, the clouds were already near Mount Stephen. Oh no.... I wanted blue sky!!! Anyway, the rest of the route is straightforward, just follow one of the several beaten pathes, and you will stand on the summit 40min later. There's an option to continue on the ridge to two higher unnamed summits, bue since the weather were moving in, I just went down as soon as possible. The best view of the trip is towards the impressive north face of Mount Stephen, Mount Niles, and Cathedral Mountain. Stephen and Niles are on my list for this year.

I met 3 groups of hikers on the way back. Only one group's destination was the peak. Overall, a short and easy objective if you're short on energy or time. After the scramble, I drove back to Banff for food.

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Sherbrook Lake
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Sherbrook Lake
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Kicking Horse Pass area
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Kicking Horse Pass area
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Mount Niles
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Mount Niles
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Mount Ogden
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Mount Ogden
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Mount Field
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Mount Field
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Mount Stephen
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Mount Stephen
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Cathedral Mountain
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Cathedral Mountain
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Mount Victoria North
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Mount Victoria North
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Unnamed peaks behind Paget
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Unnamed peaks behind Paget
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