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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.

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.

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
22 days 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
23 days ago

Beautiful no matter the season!

on Rowe Lakes

hiking
23 days 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!

23 days 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.

My god said closer to 12 km. Good steep climb up to lake.

hiking
28 days ago

We did this hike as a bike’n’hike’n’bike. The first six KMs were relatively flat so we opted to bring our mountain bikes and just send it until the trail got steep. The mountain bike ride was fun but in parts the trail became quite narrow. On the ride we noticed several patches of burned trees from the 2017 forest fires. We so frequently felt inclined to comment on the burnt trees that we ended up keeping tally of the number of times we felt like we needed to comment on it. The tally was 8.

After the bike ride we began to ascend the steeper section of the hike by foot. The trail was not hard to follow but was overgrown and had me wondering why the park did not take better care of it’s stuff (the trail). The bushwhacking lasted about 2KM until the elevation took care of the parks stuff for them and the path cleared up. From this point in the trail became progressively steeper but still not challenging. There was a significant amount of horse dung on the trail that had me questioning their diet. However, we were ok with dung as long as it was not bear dung.

The last 100m or so of elevation was fairly steep but relatively short. We ended up running into a couple who had ridden their horses up toll this steep section. I asked about their horse’s diet but they replied “that’s a personal question” so we went out separate ways.

The view from the top was awesome. You can see the Waterton townsite as well as something I was told was called “Chief Mountain Peek” which were both cool to see. All told the b’n’h’n’b took us about 6 hours round trip with a half hour lunch-break at the top.

5 out of 5 would recommend

Hiked this trail 3 weeks ago and days before the fire closure the year before. On a warm day the shelter from trees are gone and on our hike we had sun, rain, hail and thunder but still beautiful. Incredible to see how untouched the top of Bertha is.

hiking
28 days ago

Definitely take a bike for the beginning and the end it takes a lot of time off the trail. We were up first week of July and when you hit that peak the temp drops dramatically. Beautiful views and if you pause before the peak you can see Crypt Lake and it’s waterfall. Great hike for more experienced hikers especially with so few options in Waterton right now.

Hiked this trail with my dogs on-leash July 13th. The trail is great for dogs because there is opportunities to stop and allow them to drink.
We hiked all the way to the lake, it was beautiful and hot. Due to the fire there is no foliage to shade from the sun, so keep that in mind. Additionally, the trail can get dusty from the wind because of the lack of foliage.
Classic trail, busy and well maintained.

1 month ago

Great trail. On the hard side. If you submit remember you can walk the ridge peek to peek and get the rest of Vimy in one shot.

Awesome burnt and unburnt forest trail. Interesting to see how the fire went through.

Completed this hike yesterday, it was beautiful!! lots of wile life and stunning scenery❤

It’s open again after the 2017 wildfire. It’s crowded at the lower falls but once you go past that it gets sparse. It’s a constant uphill and lots of switchbacks. Gets downhill as you approach the lake. It gets windy at the lake. Good hike overall

My family went up to the lakes, it is a lot more difficult than my family has anticipated and the constant uphill was very hard on my mothers knees. We camped for one night and unfortunately we were at the campsite when the fire of 2017 started. No one had come to inform us or evacuate us. The scenery wasn’t that good compared to other trails in Waterton. I would not recommend this trail.

I went around the loop trail, around the whole mountain, the other side is a lot more difficult but the scenery is absolutely amazing, forests upon rivers upon fields of flowers, would definitely recommend this trail for anyone who enjoys the pure beauty of nature!

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