Although the path narrows as it departs Paget Lookout, it is still well used and uncomplicated. But as it departs this remarkable structure, the trail becomes loose stone atop rough limestone. This pebbled surface is short-lived, but pockets of it reappear throughout the uphill trek. Always be careful on pebbles, of course, and be even more careful on the descent than on the ascent.
As the route gains more elevation, the first mistaken summit is seen directly upward, seemingly within easy reach. Do not be fooled into thinking the summit is as close as this. Once you achieve this rise, there is yet another one to overcome before you reach the actual summit. The trail becomes less trampled, presenting more rubble and shale the higher you climb.
Nearing the top of this exposed, moderately steep slope provides clear views of southern peaks and rivers and most notably the turquoise waters of Sherbrooke Lake to the west. Once at the summit, I’m sure you’ll agree the rewards of this day’s climb far outweigh the effort put in. To the southeast is Mount Victoria, with Mount Lefroy behind it. Just below and to the south are Wapta Lake and the Kicking Horse River.
Paget Peak history
Paget Peak is the only scramble in this guide that features an historic building. Dean Paget, a founding member of the Alpine Club of Canada, recorded the first ascent of this mountain with a group of climbers from the ACC. The fire lookout that bears his name was constructed more than half a century after his summit climb, as a result of two unforgiving fire seasons in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The lookout was in steady use until the late 1970s.