Mause Creek Tarns
The Mause Creek Tarns are nestled in a Rocky Mountain basin at an elevation of 2118 m (6950 ft.)
A wide, easy trail to some tarn-speckled sub-alpine meadows, these ponds are surrounded by wildflowers, larch and fir trees. It's a three-hour roundtrip to the tarns, which can be a nice turnaround point for those with small kids or with less time to explore.
Above the tarns, a steep scree slope welcomes you to a rewarding climb into Tanglefoot Lake.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- A moderate 3.1 km hike to the shallow lakes (tarns)
- An elevation gain of 405 m (1330 ft.)
- 4WD access road (13km)
- Within an hour from the vehicle, you arrive at the tarns.
- Head north on HWY 3. Take hwy 95 at the junction (following signs for Fort Steele)
- Shortly after the fort, take your first right onto Wardner Fort Steele Rd. You will follow over the Wild Horse River and left onto Mause Creek Rd.
- In less than 1 km, another Mause Creek Rd shoots left toward the mountains - ignore the DEAD END sign, dozens of roads continue for ages after this point.
- At the first major intersection, stay left on Boulder Crk (may be signed for the Fisher Peak hike - same area).
- At the 4km marker, stay right, and continue straight where a faint road cuts across the main one.
You may pass some cars at the Fisher Peak trailhead, continue straight for ten minutes or so, the road will end in a wide parking area. The trail is signed as Mause Creek, but everyone knows it as Tanglefoot - either way, you're in the right place.