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mountain biking
1 month ago

Pretty cool trail for novice biking, nothing too difficult. Flat and hill sections, creek/river crossing. Numerous great views as well. Most likely bike this trail again while in Waterton

My favourite hike in Waterton lakes national park. The hike up had variety and nice views. The peak was beautiful. The wind was blowing hard at the peak and made a few people in our party nervous. Hiked it with 4 kids (7,9,11 and 11 yrs). We hiked this before the fires and are very glad we did. This hike is on our top 10 favourite hikes.

Favorite hike in Waterton!

This is a beautiful hike.

Did this yesterday (Sept 28) and it was a nice, easy hike. Nice views of both falls on the way up and the light dusting of snow made the trees look even nicer. Went a bit around the lake, the low cloud cover obscured the views of the peaks surrounding the lake but was still beautiful. We were the first ones to the lake and it was very still and peaceful. No wildlife sightings. Walking through the burned out forrest for a large part of the hike gave this trail a different feel but you can already see the regrowth happening.

This is a steady climb all the way up with waterfalls on route. Most of the walk is through burnt forest (2017) but still spectacular and bears are easy to see. Once you arrive at the lake there is a 4 km walk around, if wanted. We were the first up today but passed 20 people approximately on the way down, but it is September. Could be busier in July/August. Take water ! Highly recommend.

hiking
5 months ago

Went yesterday, still a little smoky. Pictures aren't as clear when they come out. Biked the first 6.6 KM. from where we left our bike to the top is another 6.5km. On our GPS shows a little over 26km returns. took us forever to get up there, but it's definitely worth it. Unbelievable amazing and hard...

hiking
5 months ago

A pretty good hike to go on an adventure on. You can bike or walk the first 6kms or you can pre book a boat to start the trail. There is a bit of bushwhaking, the trees are pretty thick so be sure to make lots of noise. We encountered a grizzly in this area. The hike is set at a good incline, it's not very strenuous. There is a creek to fill up your water later on in the hike. The view at the top is phenomenal and well worth it. Being able to see the surrounding mountains and see so far out in the prairies is incredibly unique and breathtaking.

hiking
5 months ago

We biked to the trail head, nice mostly flat 6km ride. The hike itself is pretty steep, lots of people take horses up, but it’s still a very doable hike. The views at the top are spectacular!

Hiked this in March, lots of snow on the ground still which made it more of a challenge. Did it a second time but came in through the campground side with the family.

hiking
5 months ago

My friend and I hiked this trail with our kids (ages 4, 5, 8 & 9) in August of 2017 and they handled it beautifully. It is a bit steep in places but we took our time. The views from the top are spectacular...you can see where prairie meets the mountains. A great half day hike!

Great little hike. Did it March of 2017. Lots of snow. Was quiet and beautiful.

Such a beautiful trail. I did this hike in August of 2017 right before the Kenow fire burned it's way through Waterton Park. this trail offers such unique views of Waterton National Park, Glacier National Park and Akamina Provincial Park. Would definitely suggest ascending on the Forum Lake side of the trail and descending on the Wall Lake side. An absolutely stunning hike. This is a difficult trail, but it's not so hard to discourage a reasonably in shape person. Most of the hike is on top the ridge at high elevation. 10/10 would recommend.

6 months ago

An amazing trail with breathtaking views of Chief Mountain and the prairies surrounding Waterton National Park. Be warned though, this trail is very difficult. Most of the hike is quite steep with uneven rocks and shale. However 10/10 would recommend, it is a great hike.

Air quality still a little smoky in Waterton today but not bad. Burned areas are present over much of the trail but Bertha lake is still pristine. Burned forest areas are filling up with thimbleberries, colorful fireweed, and other plants and the views of Waterton lake and the surrounding mountains are opened up. Trail is very busy and it is difficult to get a photo without someone walking into it but I had no worries about bears or injury with so much potential help available so there’s the silver lining. Don’t let the burned areas keep you from doing this one. It is still well worth the trip.

Had a beautiful hike up to upper Bertha Falls and beyond. Hike starts out in shady pine forest but soon one is out in the open in the hot sun witnessing the terrible destruction of the 2017 fire. Continuing up the fairly heavily used trail, with children, dogs and some folks in flip flops, the ascent is fairly gradual taking you up to the beautiful falls. From there you can take a break, climb down a slope and cool off your feet in the water. From there on the trail gets steeper. Less than a mile from Bertha Lake, decided that was enough hiking in the heat (87 F) and turned around and hiked down. It was still a beautiful hike with views of Waterton Lake.

Challenging climb, especially once you get to the switchbacks. Hike has a little of everything: creek, waterfalls, alpine lake, big lake views, pine forest. Part of the forest was burned during the big 2017 fire. Overall, a great microcosm of Waterton Lakes hiking.

Climb to the top through the burnt trees , with great views of Waterton Lake make this a relatively easy day out

I have done this trail few times before the fire. bit of a steep walk but amazing views when you get to the top, maybe next year it will reopen.

I've never heard of anyone doing this as an out and back hike. Both times I've done it, we've continued on from Twin lakes to Red Rock Canyon and finished there. It makes it around 33-35 km (20-22 miles). The hike is gorgeous with meadows, ridges, and lakes all the way along. The first time on the trail was a 3-day backpacking trip. There were good places to camp at Lone Lake and Twin Lakes before the fires. The second time was as a one day hike and it was one of the best hikes I've ever been on. It was long but doable. Hopefully the trail will open up again soon.

The switchbacks were a little hard on the 4 of us knees but the end was worth the climb. Such a beautiful little valley tucked away at the top of the mountain.

The hike was very crowded at the falls but once we continued past that point, the trail cleared up pretty quickly.

Id recommend this hike to my friends for sure!

Steep, easy to climb. Just need to take time and plenty of water. Beautiful views. Happy we got to do this before the fire.

Good hike - steep incline past the falls up to the lake but the lake is worth it. Took us 2.5 hours

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views! We actually hiked across the ridge to the Crypt Lake trail. We joined up with the crypt trail by the old campsite/outhouses just before the tunnel. There was a lot of scrambling but a great adventure if you are up for it. Wouldn’t recommend it for beginners or hikers with little experience with scree.

on Cameron Lake Trail

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful no matter the season!

on Rowe Lakes

hiking
6 months ago

Great for experienced hikers. Would not recommend to beginners. The meadow is absolutely beautiful and often hosts a variety of wildlife! Bring your bear spray!

nature trips
6 months ago

Not really a location to hike, but definitely a beautiful sight to see!

This hike has changed since the fire (more exposed) but still awesome! Bertha is still a beauty! Go early... I had the lake to myself and on the way back passed a bazillion people.

This was a fairly easy hike. Took our group about 3 1/2 hrs. This included a stop at the lake. Good time to start is early for the traffic picks up about noon.

I took my 7 and 8 year old sons on this hike yesterday. The section to the falls was easy for them, but the second steep section to the lake was a challenge (a welcome one). The lake was beautiful at sunset, but we did wind up walking a bit under the stars. Some sections were light enough by moonlight, but I was glad everyone had lights. I wish we’d had time to walk the perimeter trail. Beautiful trail with easy access from Waterton.

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