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Best trails in Waterton Lakes National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta? AllTrails has 35 great hiking trails, trail 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 16 hard trails in Waterton Lakes National Park ranging from 10.3 to 45.1 km and from 1,286 to 2,907 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Waterton Lakes National Park is located on the South border of Canada, right next to Glacier National Park in Montana, United States. It was established in 1895. Its landscape is made of mountains, prairies, lakes and waterfalls. It is home to a varied wildlife including grizzly bears, black bears, moose, cougars, timber wolves, mountain sheep, mountain goats, etc. It is a great place to backpack, hike, camp, watch wildlife and snowshoe or ski in the winter. Detailed fees and permits on the park website.

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Map of trails in Waterton Lakes National Park
Park information
Area:
50500 hectares
Contact
403-859-5133
Top trails (35)
#1 - Crypt Lake Trail
Waterton Lakes National Park
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Length: 19.6 km • Est. 6 h 48 m
This hike is a great opportunity to get a good workout and see some beautiful and diverse nature. The first part of the hike goes through a forest and is shaded. The first set of climbs are easy and tShow more
#2 - Upper Bertha Falls and Bertha Lake Trail
Waterton Lakes National Park
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Length: 9.8 km • Est. 3 h 41 m
As of June 2020, the trail is closed from the falls going forward because the bridge is out. Trailhead is right in the village of Waterton. The hike is fairly easy, at the beginning and gets progresShow more
#3 - Lower Bertha Falls
Waterton Lakes National Park
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Length: 5.3 km • Est. 1 h 46 m
Please note that as of June 2020 the bridge to Bertha lake is closed off. 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 Show more
#4 - Bear's Hump
Waterton Lakes National Park
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Length: 2.3 km • Est. 1 h 2 m
Short steep hike from Waterton Lakes Visitor Center to rocky outcroppings and great views of the Prince Wales Hotel, Waterton Lakes and surrounding lakes and mountain range. This trail in Waterton LaShow more
#5 - Red Rock Canyon Trail
Waterton Lakes National Park
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Length: 0.6 km • Est. 14 m
Please note: as of June 29, 2020 users have reported that the Bridge is closed as of last weekend so there’s no loop, it is an in and out. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#6 - Carthew and Alderson Lakes Trail
Waterton Lakes National Park
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Length: 22.7 km • Est. 8 h 33 m
Carthew and Alderson Lakes Trail is a 22.7 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 4, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The Show more
#7 - Vimy Peak
Waterton Lakes National Park
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Length: 18.8 km • Est. 7 h 14 m
Vimy Peak is a 18.8 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 4, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventureShow more
#8 - Goat Lake Trail
Waterton Lakes National Park
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Length: 13.8 km • Est. 4 h 53 m
Goat Lake Trail is a 13.8 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 4, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a nuShow more
#9 - Hell Roaring Falls Trail
Waterton Lakes National Park
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Length: 5.3 km • Est. 1 h 51 m
Hell Roaring Falls Trail is a 5.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 4, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderShow more
#10 - Boundary Bay from Waterton via Great Divide Trail
Waterton Lakes National Park
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Length: 13.2 km • Est. 4 h 31 m
Boundary Bay from Waterton via Great Divide Trail is a 13.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 4, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rateShow more
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