Hiking in Waterton Lakes National Park
There are 225 km (191 mi) of trails in Waterton Lakes that range in difficulty from short strolls to strenuous treks. Some trails connect with the trail systems of Glacier and British Columbia's Akamina-Kishenina Provincial Park. The wildflowers in June are particularly stunning along most trails.
Bear's Hump Trail. This steep 2.7-km (1.7-mile) trail climbs up the mountainside to an overlook with a great view of Upper Waterton Lake and the townsite. Easy. Trailhead directly behind the Waterton Information Centre bldg., Waterton Lakes National Park, AB.
Cameron Lake Shore Trail. This relatively flat, paved, 1½-km (1-mile) trail is a peaceful place for a walk. Look for wildflowers along the shoreline and grizzlies on the lower slopes of the mountains at the far end of the lake. Easy. Trailhead at the lakeshore in front of the parking lot, 13 km (8 mi) southwest of Waterton Townsite, Waterton Lakes National Park, AB.
Crandell Lake Trail. This easy 2½-km (1½-mile) trail follows an old wagon road to lead to Oil City. Easy. Trail begins about halfway up the Akamina Pkwy., Waterton Lakes National Park, AB.
Bertha Lake Trail. This 13-km (8-mile) trail leads from the Waterton Townsite through a Douglas fir forest to a beautiful overlook of Upper Waterton Lake, then on to Lower Bertha Falls. If you continue on, a steeper climb will take you past Upper Bertha Falls to Bertha Lake. The wildflowers are particularly stunning along this trail in June. Moderate. Trailhead on south end of Waterton Townsite; head toward the lake and you will find a parking lot on the west side of the road, Waterton Lakes National Park, AB.
Crypt Lake Trail. This awe-inspiring, strenuous, 9-km (5½-mile) trail is proclaimed by some to be one of the most stunning hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Conquering the trail involves a boat taxi across Waterton Lake, a climb of 2,300 feet, a crawl through a tunnel that measures almost 100 feet, and a climb along a sheer rock face. The reward is a 600-foot-tall cascading waterfall and the turquoise waters of Crypt Lake. Difficult. Trailhead at Crypt Landing accessed by ferry from Waterton Townsite, Waterton Lakes National Park, AB.
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