Sunday, July 28, 2019

Packers Peak + Zigadenus & Myosotis Lakes July 28, 2019

I wanted today to be a big one being "out & about" in our mountain playground!  The weather forecast was superb for everywhere.  I know heading into the backcountry behind the Lake Louise Ski Hill you cannot go wrong with the scenery, it is always extraordinary!  I put the shout out via an official organized event, calling on friends to share this day with me.  We were seven who left the city very early in search of a way and a day that would leave us fulfilled from exercise and scenery and feeling pleasantly depleted!  
We hit the trail and quickly got that first boring portion up the road over with.  Then it was eye opening from here on in starting with all the grassy slopes being totally covered in wildflowers which were in the prime of their life!  Get there now to see this award winning display! 
 That is Mount Temple in the distance with the peak in the cloud!
 In front of us was Ptarmigan Peak with the peak in the clouds.
 We made a short visit to the Halfway Hut as a few in the group had never seen it before.
We climbed up out of the valley to Boulder Pass and then on down to Ptarmigan Lake.  Our route for today skirted the shore for about a kilometre and we watched for the cairn that would show us the way to Packers Pass.  As we began our ascent the view of Ptarmigan Lake in front of Redoubt Mountain looked so pretty especially with all the hippies on sticks as the bottom frame.
 view from Packers Pass of the Wall of Jericho with Zigadenus Lake below it
 climbing our way up to Packers Peak
now you can see Redoubt Lake to the left of Redoubt Mountain
 on the summit of Packers Peak
there are the two Skoki Lakes that we will be going to next
Zigadenus Lake & Myosotis Lake
 my summit shot on Packers Peak
notice how my shirt matches the lake
 expressing our summit fever
 along the descent route we took towards Zigadenus Lake
 We spilled off the steep slope into a flower covered grassy meadow.
 fun times and wild sights along the way
 at the shore of Zigadenus Lake
 such beautiful colors
We relaxed for a while on the slabs at Zigadenus Lake then made our way up and over and down to Myosotis Lake. Both of these lakes leave me speechless for descriptions. There is one short section that is steep and slippery to descend and my hands were more useful rather than my poles.
 at Myosotis Lake
 scrambling back up the short steep slippery section
From the Lakes we had about a 200 meter climb back up to Packers Pass.   We attacked it gently and reached the Pass with quiet joy.  A break was in order and we captured a few more photos and savoured some snacks and then went for the downhill which we had for the balance of our day.

We stopped at the "yoga rock" and did our thing!  
 The grassy parts through the boulder field were covered in forgetmenots.  
How fitting because I wanted a day to remember!
 through the meadow, across the bridge
 Now with just the foreast ahead of us, I took one last look back!
Everything about this day was big in a good way!  It was what I wished for!
Thank you for sharing today with me!


  1. You live in such an incredible place!

    1. I never take for granted that I do! Great weather and a great group sure help in making an experience incredible.

  2. Oh, oh, oh! So many memorie flooding back1

    1. As always, I thought of you again when we were here!


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