Hidden Lake to Ptarmigan Lake

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Hidden Lake
  • Location: Banff National Park (Skoki)
  • Activity: Hiking
  • Height: 2,306 m (7,566 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 280 m (919 ft)
  • Distance: 5.5 km / Loop (3.4 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 5.8°
  • Estimated Time: 1.5-2 hrs
  • Technicality: Novice
  • Fitness Level: Easy
Above stats is from Sk5 Hidden Lake campground. From Skoki Lodge parking, add 15 km (return trip) and 550 m elevation.

I am a morning alien and like to start day early, but I was with lazy butts, I decided to go to morning hike myself before they wake up and get ready. The obvious choice I had was a short hike to Hidden Lake.

The trail was clearly established from the campground but I managed to get lost and instead I was heading to Ptarmigan Peak. However I quickly corrected my route and soon I arrived to the lake. Despite of detour, it only took 25 minutes and I wasn’t going to go back to the camp yet. So from the lake, I hiked up a hill towards Ptarmigan Peak, and kept going to east until I arrived at Ptarmigan Lake. After a few photo shots, I went back to the camp taking Boulder Pass.

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Hidden Lake and 3 peaks. From left Mount Richardson, Pika Peak, and Ptarmigan Peak.

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A calm morning, surface was reflecting mountain.

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Going up higher to see more view.

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Redoubt Mountain and huge stones.

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On the way to Ptarmigan Lake.

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Ptarmigan Lake. The tall one in center of this picture is Mount St. Bride.

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I'm so cool.

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These porcupines came to my tent, other's tent during the night to disturb our sleep.


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