Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Boulton Creek Campground & Picklejar Lakes

Trip Date: June 2007

After we rafted the Kicking Horse River (see previous post), we headed back to Alberta where we set up camp in Boulton Creek Campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, which is part of the Kananaskis Country park system.  Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is approximately 140km southwest of Calgary along the Kananaskis Lakes Trail.  You could definitely say that the theme of this trip was wildlife, as we saw a wide variety of species over the course of the weekend.  

Bull Elk in Banff National Park
Grizzly Bear in Banff National Park
White-Tailed Deer in Kananaskis Country
Moose in Kananaskis Country
This was one of many Moose that were hanging out in our campground all weekend
Rocky Mountain Sheep.  They look this shaggy because they're losing their winter coats.
Coyote in Kananaskis Country
Even though there was rain in the forecast we decided to head out and hike up to Picklejar Lakes in the Lantern Creek Provincial Recreation Area, also part of the Kananaskis Country park system.  The trail is about 8.5km round-trip with approximately 450m of elevation gain.  Ultimately the trail will lead you to a series of four small lakes in the bottom of a valley.  Due to the inclement weather we opted to stick to the upper ridge overlooking the lakes instead.  

On the way we had to drive up Highwood Pass, which is the highest paved road in Canada
Picklejar Creek
Lantern Creek Valley on our way up the Picklejar Lakes trail
Kyle taking in the scenery
The first Picklejar Lake in the valley below us
Mike scrambling up the ridge
Mike and I at the top of the ridge
Great views to be had from this elevation
Panoramic shot of the surrounding mountains
We also got hit with an unexpected overnight June snowstorm.  There was enough heavy, wet snow to collapse at least one tent.  As you can tell from Christine's face, we decided to head home one night early!

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