Pickle Jar Lakes, there are four paternoster lakes the first offers good fishing. There were an number of campers and people fishing.
You don't access these lakes from Pickle Jar Creek, but rather Lantern Creek. Follow trail until it reaches a fork on the ridge about 500 meters from the first lake. You have choice of going higher over rocks and scree or down to Pickle Jar Creek and up along the creek. At this time I'd recommend the high route as there has been a significant blow down along Pickle Jar Creek.
Highway 40 at Lantern Creek day use area. Trail starts on opposite (east) side of highway slightly north of day use area.
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Posted By: devonhowton
- Sun Aug 06 00:26:27 UTC 2017
QuestionIs camping at Picklejar Lakes allowed? Do you require a permit? I've heard that there is no actual campsite, but that people camp out there anyways. Can you hang a hammock anywhere? Any and all information I can get about camping at, or near Picklejar Lakes would be appreciated. Thanks!ANSWERS are in this forum: Camping?
Posted By: drunknsnoshu
- Fri Oct 21 06:41:26 UTC 2016
UpsideFairly easy hike with a few steeper sections, exceptional views and scenery, lakes are a must-see, option to camp and connections to a few other hikes. Staying a few days at the lakes would be the way to go, making a couple day hikes and just enjoying this piece of paradise. DownsideBe prepared if you go late fall...the last section to the lakes after making Lineham Ridge is on the northern slope, meaning possible winter conditions. The lakes freeze over early and melt late. Also, the upper sections of the climb toward the ridge can be quite slippery when wet. Packing crampons wouldn't be a bad idea. CommentThis is a very popular hike, for good reason. It's not terribly long and very rewarding. Best done in summer; remember that highway 40 is closed from Dec 1 to June 14. Take your fly rod, the fishing on the lakes is renowned. Barbless hooks only please ;)
Posted By: Benhollins
- Sun Aug 07 18:57:47 UTC 2011
UpsideStunning scenery, challenging parts of the trail. ability to extend the trail if you wish to the other lakes Downsidevery steep hill towards the end of the trail to the first lake. loose dirt tracks in places make it slippery Commentwe hiked this with 2 kids aged 3yrs and 5 yrs. Both managed it on their own however was a hard day for them both. needed to hold onto their hands whilst taking int he steep portions of the hike and the slag heap towards the end. both enjoyed it but tough going for the little troopers!
Posted By: Mikal
- Thu Jul 14 04:39:42 UTC 2011
UpsideExcellent scenic hike. The views on the way up, as well as at the actual lakes are stunning. Well worth the work. A challenging hike that rewards you at the end. DownsideIf you are camping and hiking up all your gear the hike is more challenging than "moderate". Almost the entire hike is up hill, with a few parts that are pretty steep. CommentGreat camping at a semi-busy trail. All-in-all a wonderful hike and a great place to pitch a tent.
Posted By: HikerHoss
- Sun Jun 26 02:52:56 UTC 2011
UpsideGood moderate hike rewarded by beautiful lakes.. Easy access, most of trail is in good condition DownsideNot much, parts of trail are getting chewed up due to wet conditions CommentHiked June 25th, some really wet sections with mud.. still snow bands at first summit and between lakes.. second lake still had ice, third and fourth same. Super panoramic views, nice lakes.
Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Wed Aug 11 18:58:50 UTC 2010
UpsideAn open and senic trail to a spectacular valley holding a chain of amethyst alpine lakes. Views of the Elk range on the way down
These are really plesant lakes with PLENTY of fish. You could almost catch fish in a pickle jar here. DownsideThe campsite is unofficial so there are no tables, fire pits, or toilets. CommentAn excellent spot to enjoy fishing and the mountain lakes.
Posted By: HotFuzzFrizz
- Wed May 19 18:36:50 UTC 2010
UpsideGreat fishing, you can see the schools of fish from the bank DownsideFish are a bit small but loads of them, the last part of the hike is pretty intense but do-able without any special gear. CommentNot a great deal of downed wood for fire, enough to make a small fire but you wanna be smart about not wasting to much wood.
Posted By: Steven Noel
- Sat Apr 05 03:53:36 UTC 2008
UpsideEverything DownsideTrail leaving basin dangerous when wet. CommentExcellent, only location in Alberta with native Cutthroat Trout. Great site fishing. Had poor weather - heavy snow (in August!!!) but still managed to land 5 fish. Also its only 8 clicks return, not 10.
Posted By: canomad
- Sun Oct 15 15:03:19 UTC 2006
UpsideNice trail, great scenery, had the lakes all to ourselves. DownsideThe lakes were frozen so no fishing. CommentA great spot to go back to. If only people were more dicreet about where they took care of business and left toilet paper lying around. LNT
Posted By: nate389
- Thu Aug 10 21:06:36 UTC 2006
UpsideGreat Campin, Not busy at all considering it was a long weekend with awesome weather. A nice easy short hike DownsideNone, fish could have been bigger haha