Looking for a great trail in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta? AllTrails has 34 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 15 hard trails in Waterton Lakes National Park ranging from 6.4 to 28 miles and from 4,219 to 9,537 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

hiking

forest

views

dogs on leash

lake

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nature trips

wild flowers

bird watching

backpacking

river

walking

camping

running

kid friendly

waterfall

fishing

Where the Mountains Meet the Prairie Rugged, windswept mountains rise abruptly out of gentle prairie grassland in spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park. Here, several different ecological regions meet and interact in a landscape shaped by wind, fire, flooding, and abundant plants and wildlife. The park helps protect the unique and unusually diverse physical, biological and cultural resources found in the Crown of the Continent: one of the narrowest places in the Rocky Mountains.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Amazing hike but after the lake the trail is somewhat hard to follow. There are 3 false peaks along this trek but if you keep pushing on you’ll get to Bertha peak! It’s well worth the effort!! Loved this hike and looking forward to doing it again!

running
snow
12 days ago

hiking
no shade
24 days ago

Love this trail as a training hike to get back into the season. Please keep your dogs on a leash!! No shade until the last little bit so bring tons of water for your pup. Tons of people so it can get kinda annoying trying to find some space to yourself

hiking
snow
26 days ago

Did this hike on a very snowy day. we were the only ones. It was amazing but the deep snow added a challenge. Didn’t get to see much of the falls due to snow and it being frozen. Will come back during summer or fall again. If you are doing it during winter crampons recommend.

off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

challeging hike. part of it is unmarked, so you have to be really mindful of where you are. parts of it are narrow with lose rocks, and elevation makes it challanging. weather elements could be hindering (wind, snowy patches, often rain...). the last part (last 5 or so km) is flat, but could be quite hard at the end of a long day (it gets boring and when you're tired, you just want it to end, so the importance of good company and comfortable shoes cannot be stressed enough). the views are incredible, the hike is fun as much as it's challenging. the scenery changes often, and for any avid hiker, challenge us what makes a hike worthwhile.

I’ve hiked this trail multiple times, but this was my first time in -20 degrees with snow. We went January 12th, so after all the warm weather I’m not sure what the trail looks like now. About twenty minutes in there was the aftermath of an avalanche that had blocked the trail. A short hike around the avalanche brought us back to the main trail. We only made it to the look out and turned around due to the cold and depth of snow :) we hadn’t brought snowshoes or spikes with us. But a fun short little walk either way !

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Went for a short hike along this trail January 25th. Due to road closure we had to hike along the road for a few kilometres prior to the trail head. The mountain scenery is beautiful. The lack of tree line and protection leaves you exposed to elements. In our case is was wind. There was multiple areas of interesting dead trees due to previous fires. Other than than just a relaxed stroll along prairie land. Most of the snow had melted due to warm weather. We also saw some old tracks. Uncertain if they were wolf or courage but cool either way!

hiking
icy
2 months ago

At this time of the year it’s dificult to reach the falls because some part of the trail is the covered with snow. The waterfall is also under the snow and frozen.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail the last week in July. We were staying in Glacier and decided to drive up to the sister park in Waterton. This is a good higher level beginner hike. The first 1/3 of the hike is mostly all ascent. When you finish this section you roll out onto a fairly flat viewpoint that provides beautiful sweeping views of the lake below. From there you will continue onward to to the falls. The only downside about this trail is since the huge fire in 2017 many of the trees burned and this left significant exposure during this hike (although this also allows for those beautiful views). This means pack plenty of sunscreen and water because there is very little shade. The waterfall at the end is pretty but crowded. Truthfully, the views of the lake were my favorite part. That and the beautiful fireweed.

Interesting hike with fun features. Our friend ran ahead so he could be the first of all the people on the full boat to get there. Though he did, he also got lost for 20 minutes and almost fell at the cave ledge due to anxiety. As hilarious of a story it is, maybe don't do that.

awesome. must go all the way to lake and take a swim. all part of the experience.

hiking
3 months ago

Quick and easy! Nice views. Great for pups and kiddos.

hiking
3 months ago

We wanted to teach our youngest how to snowshoe and decided to test it out on this trail. There wasn’t much snow, on December 23rd but, we were able to enjoy a nice little stroll and then eventually took the snowshoes off and walked the rest of the way to the river bottom! Great scenery, once at the river bottom. I would definitely love to see this specific place in the summer time!

hiking
4 months ago

Don’t recommend the full loop but lakeview ridge is fun and can follow it to easily climb dunwey/Rogan

hiking
4 months ago

Fun to run

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great bike ride path to and from Park gates. Also a starting point for the Red Rock Canyon road that is currently closed to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists welcome and creates a unique experience on the road without cars and buses. Saw a bear sow and her cub - at a distance. Cool.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Nice hike. Microspikes and poles helped as some parts were slushy or snowy. At the falls snow has covered flowing water creating a snow bridge. This is dangerous if you go out on it as it could collapse. Take care to stay on the wooden bridge (which was almost completely covered with snow.

Aug 28/19 - hiked through on the lakeshore trail. Great little campground. A couple of the tent pads have an excellent view of the lake.

Significant changes pre/post fire. Had the privilege to hike through before 2017 fire to USA border.

Was beautiful trail! Easy at the beginning. Does get a little bit more challenging past the falls! So worth going up and around the lake!

hiking
6 months ago

Did this in the summer of 2018. Only just got around to reviewing it now, as I remember everything I’ve done. What a nice little hideaway.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

September 22. The contrast of the fall foliage with the burnt out forest is really something to see. I imagine this trail looked much different before the fire. Most of the elevation gain is at the beginning. Nice rocky beach to enjoy,

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