Day 1: Temple Lodge to Baker Lake
After a short meeting at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, you will be dropped off at the Temple Lodge trail head 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, and Baker Lake to your first campsite overlooking Baker Lake. Total distance: 9.2km & Elevation: 330m.
Day 2: Baker Lake to Merlin Meadows
From Baker Lake Campground you will follow through glacially carved valleys of wildflowers and subalpine forests for most of the day. First, you will Climb Cotton-Grass pass to enjoy the views of the spectacular meadows and rocky peaks this area is famous for. After a short hike over Jones’ pass we will see the historic Skoki Lodge that has been a premier destination for backcountry users for almost 100 years! From there, it is a short hike to where you will set up camp amongst the wildflowers in Merlin Meadows. Distance: 8.1km Elevation: 100m.
Once camp is set up you will make the short trip, less than 3 km, up to Merlin lake which is surrounded by impressive Limestone Peaks, glaciers, and otherworldly geological features.
Day 3: Merlin Meadows to Red Deer Lakes
On day three you will make a short climb out of Merlin Meadow, through the forest and into the 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. You will then spend the afternoon hiking past the Cyclone Warden’s Cabin, and up to the incredible hidden natural bridge! Distance: 11km Elevation: 120m.
Day 4: Red Deer Lakes to Temple Lodge
On the final morning you will pack up camp and head into the Skoki Valley, and up 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 back down to the shores of Ptarmigan Lake and hike the last few Km’s back to the trail head at Temple Lodge. Distance:13.6km Elevation: 350m.
Reservations are recommended due to limited spaces. Changes to reservations can be made based on availability. Within 72 hours of the hiking time, refunds will not be issued. There will be no refunds for extreme weather conditions or wildlife activity cancellation.