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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.

hiking
2 months ago

Went with my dog and significant other on October 21st. The weather was amazing.
There was some snow, ice and mud. So, good foot wear is ideal.
We did summit and it was absolutely beautiful.
The trail was well marked.
There are some places with a bit of scrambling and steepness.

hiking
3 months ago

Took the boat from Waterton to Goat Haunt today, did Kootenai Lakes loop before hiking back. Nice, easy trail, unfortunately no moose today at the lake, just water fowl that took off right after we arrived. Note if you are planning to hike back to Waterton, the suspension bridge is out and you have to cross the river so you will get wet.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

What an amazing hike. Cool weather but was worth it. Did go all the way to summit.

Great Hike! Not an easy one. My dog and I took about an hour and half to get up. Would recommend for anyone looking for beautiful views and a bit of a challenge.

Trail is pretty easy to follow.

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
4 months ago

Incredibly well-maintained trail with a fast ascent and epic views! Perfect for a mid-morning hike. About two hours to the summit, worth heading to the true summit to the east to get the view of the plateau. Be sure to bring a shell jacket - the winds are fierce up top.

4 months ago

A really nice hike, good incline. The trail is fairly easy to follow, it's marked pretty well. The hike only takes a few hours but the view is absolutley worth it!

hiking
4 months ago

great challenging hike with beautiful views all the way up. step in sections with some scrambling (very little). very well maintained trail that is marked all the way up. great view at the top and well worth the effort to get there. One of my new favorite.

hiking
4 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!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, a bit of a steep climb which can be slippery coming down for a less experienced hiker.

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.

backpacking
5 months ago

Took the boat out of Waterton, Alberta, Canada. 1 hour ride to the US border across the lake to Montana. The hike itself is an easy 2.8-3.0 mile semi flat hike to Kootenai Lake. At the lake, moose, swans, osprey, and loons were spotted.
Recommend quite a bit of mosquito repellent on this hike when you go through the thimble berry bushes.

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.

hiking
5 months ago

It's a tough one, basically straight up then down. Still beautiful scenery all around and an amazing view from the top.

This is a good hike. Definitely a steep one. Unfortunately it was smokey when we were up there so the view wasn’t as good as I’m sure it is.

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty great hike! Not a ton to look at on the way up but the climb was definitely worth it! The view at the top was awesome!

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely a toughie for us less experienced individuals, but our 9 year old managed it, we just slowed down on the more challenging parts - like where we ran into lots of scree. Lots of dogs on this one when we climbed. Very popular so expect lots of people.

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

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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