Paget Peak and Sherbrooke Lake share the same trail head parking lot just across from the west end of Wapata Lake, the pink star marks the spot. From the highway it looks like a gravel pit and don't expect a sign to tell you to turn here because there isn't one.
You follow the Sherbrooke Trail for a short distance and then you reach another sign pointing you in the direction of Paget Lookout. Mount Paget Lookout was built in 1944 and is the oldest surviving lookout in the mountain national parks.
We took a twenty minute break at the Lookout before beginning the climb on the wide open rough and rugged and rocky slope that would lead us to our destination. As we got higher, the beauty pageant was beginning to declare a winner! The color of Sherbrooke Lake was unreal and in the very same view I could see the Kicking Horse River and the highway west.
The first portion of the trail from the Lookout was steep with slightly slippery scree sections. Then it mellowed a bit before reaching a batch of big boulders where I needed to use my hands to maneuver around and I could see why this was considered more of a scramble then a hike. We reached the top and could see the true summit cairns after passing a couple of false ones.
We made our way to the summit, took our summit shots then settled down in a sheltered sunny spot for 90 minutes of enjoying snacks, siestas, scenery and sharing stories. We owned the summit the whole time and only as we were packing up to leave did we see others come along to claim their ownership status.
Before leaving though, I took a few more photos. This is looking towards Mount Ogden and Mount Niles with Niles Meadow below in the center. The Daly Glacier Overlook is the dip to the right of Mount Ogden and a place I hiked to last summer.
Being on Paget Peak, we had views of a whole row of glaciers and here is Mount Niles with Niles Glacier.
On our descent we stopped of at the edge where we had a view of Wapata Lake down below.
This little incident did not in any way what-so-ever take away from me
feeling like I was
"on top of the world"