Day 1: Temple Lodge to Merlin Meadows
Distance 11.7km - Elevation: 460m: After a short meeting at the Lake Louise ski resort, you will be dropped off at the Temple Lodge Trailhead where your adventure will begin! From Temple Lodge you will make your way 3.2km to historic halfway hut. You will then climb for 1.5km up and over Boulder Pass. After admiring the views at the top of Boulder Pass you will hike along the Wildflower covered Shores of Ptarmigan Lake. From the Ptarmigan Lakeshore you will climb to the top of Deception Pass for one of the most impressive panoramic views in the entire Park! From the top of deception pass you will hike down into the Skoki Valley and past the stunning Skoki Lakes. We will hike past the historic Skoki Lodge that has been a premier destination for backcountry users for almost 100 years! Down the valley just 1.1km we will make camp amongst the wildflowers in Merlin Meadows.
Optional Side Trip - Distance 8.6km Elevation: 150m: From camp in Merlin Meadows you have the option to make the trip to Merlin Lake. This can be done either in the evening after dinner, or in the morning after breakfast! The trip is about 4km each way. Merlin Lake which is surrounded by impressive Limestone Peaks, glaciers, and otherworldly geological features.
Day 2: Merlin Meadows to Red Deer Lakes
Distance 4.9km - Elevation: 50m: On day two you will make a short climb out of Merlin Meadows, through the forest and into the Little Pipestone Valley. After 4.9km of hiking you will arrive at the Red Deer lakes campsite which is situated at the intersection of two awe inspiring valleys. You will set up camp, and set out to explore the wildflower meadows, expansive views and gorgeous lakes surrounding camp.
Optional Side Trip - Distance 11km - Elevation: 120m: You then have the option to spend the afternoon/evening or the following morning hiking past the Cyclone Warden’s Cabin, and up to the incredible hidden natural bridge to see where the melt water from a glacier has carved its way through the limestone and has created its own natural bridge across the valley!
Day 3: Red Deer Lakes to Baker Lake
Distance 5.2km - Elevation: 90m: From camp you will climb over Cotton Grass Pass and hike through a wide open Glacier carved valley while enjoying the views of the spectacular meadows and rocky peaks this area is famous for. You will set up camp on a hill overlooking Baker Lake and take the afternoon to explore the glacially carved valleys of wildflowers and subalpine forests surrounding the lake.
Day 4: Baker Lake to Temple Lodge
Distance 9.2km - Elevation: 150m: On the final morning you will pack up camp and follow along the North shore of Baker Lake and enjoy the morning stillness of the Rocky Mountains. After a short climb from Baker Lake you will be welcomed by the now familiar view of the Ptarmigan Valley. From there you will retrace your steps along the shore of Ptarmigan Lake before you descend Boulder pass and walk the last few Km’s back to the trailhead at Temple Lodge.
Reservations are recommended due to limited spaces. Changes to reservations can be made based on availability. After July 15th, 2019 refunds will not be issued. There will be no refunds for extreme weather conditions or wildlife activity cancellation.