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Skoki Mountain

Trailhead The trail begins right between the outhouses that are directly behind the main Skoki Lodge.
Distance 2.2 km (1.4 mi.)
Elevation Gain 530 m (1,738')
Maximum Elevation 2,697 m (8,787')

Skoki Mtn. is an easy scramble that provides outstanding views of the peaks and lakes in the Skoki Valley. The first half of the route is on a well-beaten trail that climbs gradually from the Skoki Lodge to the treeline. At that point, the trail levels out and crosses a small alpine meadow before heading onto the upper, steeper section that is marked by numerous cairns. The meadow is a worthwhile objective in itself, as the views to the northwest of Molar Mtn. and to the south of Mt. Redoubt are quite striking - the origin of the name 'Molar' becomes clear. Click here to view a map of the Skoki Valley that is made from sections of the Hector Lake 82 N/9 and Lake Louise 82 N/8 topographic maps.

The route continues over fairly solid scree on the north side of the peak. From the summit, there is a fantastic view down to the emerald Red Deer Lakes that lie at the north foot of the mountain. Mts. Douglas and St. Bride ("Black Douglas" and "White Douglas"), and Fossil Mtn., dominate the scene to the east and south, respectively. To the west, the two lakes in Merlin Valley, Merlin and Castilleja, are visible. The Skoki Lakes can be seen in the direction of Packer's Pass.

Skoki Lakes
Skoki Lakes from Skoki Mtn. (74 KB)
This page was modified on July 25, 2005