Ptarmigan Cirque

4.5km Roundtrip, 210m elevation gain

One of our all time favourite hikes is Chester Lake, in Kananaskis. And every year when we try to hike it, it’s usually closed because of bears. This year, it wasn’t bears, but the annual closure, so we missed it by 2 days. Urg. As a backup, we decided to try Ptarmigan Cirque. I had pretty low expectations, as  it was pretty short, and there wasn’t even a lake at the end, but was I ever wrong. This place was spectacular! The views were insane with a little waterfall, and a tiny little stream running through the meadow, which was full of a billion different kinds of flowers, all in bloom. The kids had a blast playing in the stream, and sliding down the snow bank.


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^^Ready to go!^^

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^^All 3 of these kids hiked all the way, and did awesome!^^

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^^Grumpy hiker^^

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^^Peek-a-boo^^2015-05-27 Ptarmigan Cirque 13.jpg2015-05-27 Ptarmigan Cirque 14.jpg

^^Pit stop to play in the snow^^

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^^Lunch with a view^^

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^^My skirt wearing, princess loving, tomboy hiker^^

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^^Jack feels the need to constantly test out his “waterproof” hiking boots^^

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^^Alpine diaper change^^
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^^The terrain was a little uneven, and this little toddler face-planted it no fewer than 20 times. She only bled on one of them.^^

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^^Koen did moderately better^^

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^^Pretty much one of Wren’s first experiences actually playing in snow, or at least that she can probably remember. She loved it until the pain sensor relay shouted to her brain “COLD”^^

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^^We like to start them young. It’s always fun to find other people who do too^^

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^^Nothing is better than a day in the mountains with good friends^^

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^^Pst…if anyone wants an awesome house designed these are the guys to call^^

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2015-05-27 Ptarmigan Cirque 59.jpg^^Until next time, Ptarmigan Cirque, we’ll definitely be seeing you again.^^

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