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Upper Wildcat Lake and Gem Lake

Overnight backpacking trip passing by many Alpine Lakes.

Hiking Severe

11 km
824 m
495 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
955 m
High Point
1.5 km
Upper Wildcat Lake and Gem Lake Map

This is a popular hiking route which is generally considered to be severe. It's extremely remote, it features medium exposure and is typically done between May and September. From a low point of 955 m to the maximum altitude of 1.5 km, the route covers 11 km, 824 vertical metres of ascent and 495 vertical metres of descent.


Beautiful hike to not often explored lakes.



Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between May and September


  • Alpine
  • Picturesque

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