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wait for the snow to melt.... we blazed a trail through 4ft deep snow. added a good two hours

hiking
19 days ago

22 days ago

August 13, 2016

Had been to Waterton a half dozen times or so and had never heard of this trail, but while talking to another visitor he seemed to have a similar appetite for hikes and recommended this one highly. Without knowing what to expect we were completely blown away. There's so much to see the entire trek and ending at the waterfall back in town was the icing on the cake.

backpacking
1 month ago

An amazing hike. I hiked it in July 2016 with my sister and my dog. We started our hike from the Celestine Lake trailhead to Seldom Inn on the first day, spending 2 nights here. Then spent day 2 at the falls soaking up the sun and the mist. Sadly we had to go back on day 3. The falls were well worth the hike and we can't wait to go again. Hopefully with more time to check out Celestine Lake and the other campsites. Our worst section of the trail was near the end on day 1. We reached a clear area with some steeper climbs during the afternoon heat with the sun beating down on us which slowed us down some. This area was not a problem on the return trip as it was the cool of the morning with the sun still behind the mountians. Can't wait to hit this trail again!

Beautiful scenery , light traffic, great for dogs to !

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike !
I started from the Marmot road. I camped to Amethyst campground and the spot was awesome in the morning and at the sunset. I proposed to end with the Astoria valley because of the section in front of Old Horn Mountain... It's rather boring at this point if you go up !
The negative about this trail is the Portal campground section. They are many flies and mud.

Great 1/2 day hike. Take a lunch and dine lakeside!

on Pickle Jar Lakes

5 months ago

Did this one as a scout in scouts Canada. It was fun and challenging

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing hike! Beautiful views the whole way!! Park in the Lantern Creek lot and then cross the highway and walk north about a quarter of a km to the trailhead. Poles were useful on this hike as it was slippery in parts. Dress in layers as weather ranged from needing a jacket, toque, and mittens - to short sleeves. There was lots of snow but we were warm and happy. This has been one of my favorite hikes so far. The description above said this hike is only acceptable until September but we went the last weekend in October and it was totally fine. We only saw about 6 other people the entire hike though. It also says it's rated as easy, which I disagree with. I'd say it's probably moderate in the summer, and it was hard in the snow. Bring bells and spray, as apparently this area is prime for bears (there was a serous grizzly attack there in 2014); though we didn't see any trace of bears (phew). It's a lot of climbing (FitBit says 177 flight of stairs); great for dogs but small kids would struggle. Highly recommend this hike.

Oct 18/16 -Only did the short hike to Elbow Lake. It was a bit steep going up and slippery because of the snow going down, but lead to the beautiful lake with brilliant turquoise water! Walked around the campground near the lake.

hiking
5 months ago

June 19/16 - Great hike and the lakes were beautiful! The third lake was absolutely stunning.

hiking
6 months ago

trail was snowy and icy towards the top.

My dad took us on this trip ages ago - it must have been in the late 90's. I still remember him jumping bare-butt into the lake and coming up screaming due to the cold. Haha - good memories. Would like to do this one again someday. We were able to get an 'off-road' stroller with a toddler in and out without issues.