Trip 181 - September 6, 2019 (Friday)
Paget Lookout Trail Hike
Yoho National Park near Golden BC Canada
Location: Eastern British Columbia, off TransCanada Highway 1, approximately 70 kilometers East of the town of Golden.
Liked: Mountain views, old fire lookout shack, fine-looking bench at the lookout, almost no bugs.
Of Note: Yoho National Park visitor fee payment is required (credit or debit only - no cash). The trail is popular. Parking could be an issue in busy season. Constant hum from Highway 1. The trail is moderately steep. Unbarricaded drop-offs at the lookout area. Hiking poles and boots are recommended.
Kootenay Rockies BC Backroad Mapbook (7th Edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 44 (Field) B3.
Related Website: Yoho National Park - Parks Canada Official Site.
Paget Lookout trail shares its trailhead with Sherbrooke Lake trail, and is located in a magnificent Yoho National Park. While still inside the province of British Columbia, Yoho National Park is under the Canadian federal jurisdiction, so no such thing as free parking in BC provincial parks here. Plus, the fee is per visitor, not per vehicle. In addition, cash is not accepted (credit or debit only). The fee schedule is here - https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho/visit/tarifs-fees. Our pass was good until 4 PM the next day. So, pay the fee, drive to the trailhead, and enjoy. Paget Lookout trail leads to an old empty fire lookout shack - such buildings are no longer used to spot fires, thanks to satellites and other advanced technology. Still, it's very cool to visit these abandoned shacks, and imagine what it was like being alone for weeks on end, looking around to see if there any fires, and communicating with the outside world via a radio telephone or something like that.
Paget Lookout trail splits with Sherbrooke Lake trail
at the 1.5 km mark. The trail then starts getting steep on and off, and
then you reach a very impressive lookout 2.1 km later. Sherbrooke Lake
can be reached less than 2 km after the split via a very easy trail.
There are few good views there, but a path along the lake leads into
some impressive mountain terrain via Mount Niles route, which we may
explore another day.
1-2. We are Westbound on TransCanada Highway 1, approaching Sherbrooke Lake / Paget Lookout trailhead turnoff. It's possible to get to the trailhead from Eastbound direction as well.
3. The parking lot is about 50 meters from the highway. Coordinates for the highway turnoff: N 51’26’388 W 116’21’370. Elevation: 1,590 meters. Parking could be an issue on a busy day, as the lot is rather small.
4-5. A fine view from the parking lot. The larger mountain (on the left) is Mount Victoria.
6. The trail begins about 100 meters from the parking lot, just behind this fence.
7. Looking from the other side.
8. Off we go.
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