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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

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

A nice trail that takes you to a pleasant waterfall and a lake if you continue past the falls, almost no incline to the falls but a bit steeper after

A nice easy hike, can be a bit crowded as the lower portion is very popular, but spectacular lake at the end, great to have lunch at. I hope it reopens this year.

I've done this hike three times now, love the views from the top. It is one of my favorite hikes in Waterton.
I will have to do this again, once they open the trail again, to see how different it looks after the Kenow fire of 2017.

Sadly you won't likely be able to hike this in 2018. Its a fabulous hike over amazing terrain so stay tuned.

This hike is currently OPEN AGAIN after being closed due to the big fire of 2017.
Its a great family hike to beautiful falls. A similar option is Rainbow Falls but you need to take the boat cruise and your passport.

Not busy at all. We almost made it out and back without seeing another soul. Was disappointed we couldn’t get closer to the waterfall.

I have done parts of this hike and wanted to do the ridge this year but it looks like it will be closed for 2018 due to last year's fire

AMAZING!!! So many things to see. So incredibly tired by the end. I suggest stopping and smelling the roses a lot as there are so many little hidden gem spots to savour on the way down. Also glad we stopped to enjoy it lot as it’s all burned down now :-(

Awesome hike!! Would definitely do it again. Breathtaking views!!

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