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    Panther Lake Trail From Kwai Lake

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    5.6 km
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    179 m
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    The Panther Lake Trail from Kwai Lake is a 5.6 km out-and-back hiking route that will take hikers through the Forbidden Plateau in Strathcona Provincial Park to visit the tranquil waters of Panther Lake. Along the route, you’ll hike past numerous lakes and over several creek crossings along a trail that is lined with blueberry bushes in the summer. This is a great half-day hike if you are camping at the Kwai Lake Campsite.

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    Route Description for Panther Lake Trail From Kwai Lake

    Hiking the Panther Lake Trail from Kwai Lake is a fun trail that will take you through the Forbidden Plateau along a route to the south to reach this beautiful lake. The terrain in this region comprises many small lakes and streams, which can impede travel during wetter times of the year. But don’t worry—you should have no problem traversing the wet landscape, as there are many small rock and log bridges that hikers have crudely fashioned over the years.

    Making your way east from the Kwai Lake Campsite, follow the fork in the trail to the right to set out on a path towards Panther Lake. As you make your way along the trail, you will catch glimpses of nearby mountain peaks as they poke above the treeline. After crossing over countless streams, you will eventually arrive at the tranquil, wooded shores of Panther Lake. Take some time to explore the area before heading back along the trail to return to your campsite at Kwai Lake.

    Getting to the Panther Lake Trail From Kwai Lake Trailhead

    To get to the Panther Lake Trail from the Mount Washington Alpine Resort, drive south along Strathcona Parkway for 1.3 km and make a right onto Nordic Drive. Keep straight for 2.4 km, where you will find the parking lot at the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre. Hikers will then need to make the initial hike into the Kwai Lake Campsite to access the trailhead.

    Route Information

    • When to do


    • Backcountry Campsites

      Kwai Lake Campsite

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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