Level: Mod to Diff
5 to 6 hours / 14.6K return
Park next to the
Highway (#11) at the
Kinglet Lake -
Tuff Puff Trailhead
O'clock Creek Campground, 211kms
west of Rocky Mountain House.
3.5 hours from Calgary.
you're traveling from
the route through the National Parks
is shorter than heading through
Rocky Mountain House.
trailhead is marked with a wooden
sign post located next to an
unnamed creek. Park in the ditch then follow
an old road for a few hundred meters.
Locate a well
defined trail that
starts to gain the ridge in front of you. Keep hiking up avoiding trails to your right
Stay on the trail as it works
it way up towards the left
side of the ridge. You'll soon
arrive at a grassy clearing which is
start of what looks like a never
ending trail to the top of the
mountain ridge you see in the
distance. Continue up the grassy
ridge until you pass a large rocky
outcrop on your left. Keep your eyes
on the ground here and look for trail
markings to Kinglet Lake and
Ridge. At your
feet you'll see the words KING ->
and TUFF -> spelled out with flat
shale rocks. The trail to your left
leads to Kinglet Lake and the trail
straight ahead leads towards Tuff Puff.
Take the left hand Kinglet Lake trail
that drops slightly down towards
the creek bed. Once you reach the
creek the grind begins. The
trail begins a steep climb for
another 2+ kms. As you gain
elevation you'll pass by a curious
looking group of hoodoos located
below an exposed cliff.
This is a nice spot to
admire the views of the North Saskatchewan river valley below. The
trail is steep and relentless at
this point, it then enters the forest
again for a short distance before
arriving at the lake. Kinglet Lake
is crystal clear and surrounded by
an interesting forest of Subalpine
Fir and Engelmann Spruce. There are
several flat spots for tents that
are nicely sheltered by trees. If
you plan on spending the night save
the tress by not starting a fire,
bring a small camp stove instead. At
was stocked with Cutthroat and Brook Trout
however it is regulated for catch
and release only.
The lakes small size can not sustain a strong fish population, you could almost
throw a rock across it.
Local campgrounds include
Two O'clock Creek and
Crescent Falls Campground. Trailheads to
Alexandra's Henry's Trail,
Icefalls Two O'clock Creek,
Two O'clock Ridge,
located near here.
You are in bear country.