|Starting out on Highwood Meadows Trail|
|Crossing Highway 40|
Once you leave the trees, the trail flattens out and the views open up. Since the alpine meadow is so fragile – it is covered in snow for half the year – continue on to the creek for a snack break where there are lots of rocks to sit on. Near the creek, you have the option to continue on the loop, or hike to the back of the basin. While my party snacked, I jogged to the back, but didn’t notice an improvement in the view. (Note: Ambitious hikers may scramble Mount Rae from here, but I do not recommend taking young children there.)
|Lingering snow patch! Do you wanna build a snowman?|
Ptarmigan Cirque Trail At a Glance
Distance: 4.5 km loop
Elevation Gain: 210 m
Stroller friendly? No
Know Before You Go
- This is bear country. I recommend travelling in a group, making noise, and carrying bear spray. For more bear safety tips, please read this post.
- You must cross Highway 40 to access the rest of the trail. Please hold children’s hands as cars are travelling very quickly on this road.
- This is a sensitive alpine environment. Please stay on trail and leave no trace.
- The weather can change very quickly at high elevations, and it is often windy above treeline. Bring a sweater and waterproof layer. Highwood Pass is 2,206 metres above sea level!
- A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are great for sun protection too.
- Pack a small first aid kit as the rocks are very sharp!
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