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Paget Peak Lookout

Yoho National Park

A mountainside view of surrounding peaks and two expansive river valleys.

Hiking Difficult

6.9 km
489 m
489 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.1 km
Paget Peak Lookout Map

This is one of the best trails in Yoho for reaching a mountain vista with a relatively quick hike. It does not go all the way to the top of Paget Peak, but to the site of a historic fire lookout on the side of the mountain. From there, you’ll see Wapta Lake and Sherbrooke Lake below, plus broader views into both the Bow and Kicking Horse river valleys, with mountains and glaciers bounding every horizon.


You can start the hike either from Wapta Lodge or from the Sherbrook Creek Trailhead, which are near each other on the north side of the highway. The trail begins as a mellow walk through lush conifer forest. After the junction for Sherbrooke Lake, the way to Paget Peak heads more steeply upward, and soon takes to switchbacks. It’s steep but well constructed.

Views get better as you go up, as the trees thin out on the rocky slopes. Over your shoulder, you’ll see the large Sherbrooke Lake, and ahead you’ll see more and more of the river valleys. Once at the lookout, you’ll find flat ledges to sit on and take it all in. Most hikers turn around here, but a path does continue higher on the slopes of Paget Peak. This turns into the Paget Peak scramble route that eventually reaches the summit.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho/activ/randonnee-hike/jour-day https://ruhlsoftheroad.com/yoho/#4BestHikeinYoho%E2%80%93SherbrookeLakePagetPeak https://windsofjane.com/2020/07/15/paget-lookout-to-paget-peak-best-hike-in-yoho-national-park



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and October


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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