Explore the most popular hiking trails in Waterton Lakes National Park Of Canada with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
20 days ago

Loved this hike from start to finish ! One of my new favourites. Amazing views and fun features like the tunnel and cable section. I’m not sure why it’s rated as difficult. I’m a middle age moderately fit lady and I found it very doable. If you’re afraid of heights the cable section may be challenging but the ledge is definitely wide enough so you don’t have to look down. It’s easy to finish it in the window provided between ferry drop off and pick up as long as you don’t nap too long at Crypt Lake during your lunch break :). There were all ages on the trail that made it there and back. Definitely a must do hike !

Took the 10am boat from Waterton to Goat Haunt, Montana, and hiked to Kootenai Lakes and then we were about to hike back to Waterton when the US Ranger advised us the suspension bridge was out so we'd have to cross the river (right at Goat Haunt) on foot or take another boat back. He said the water was knee deep at the site of the bridge and mid-calf deep at the mouth of the river, but we found a place just upstream from the mouth of the river that was only ankle deep but then we had to bushwack upstream to the trail. All that added 50 mins and was not fun. Be aware you will get wet if you do this from Goat Haunt up to Waterton or if you are going from Waterton to Goat Haunt. Also, it's 14km one way. There are a few water views but not much. This hike has the distinction of crossing an international border but apart from that, and limited water views, it's not that exciting.

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.

Did this as part of the Crypt Lake hike. Nice spots for pictures.

hiking
26 days ago

Did this hike on Sept 23. Only boat in was 10am, only boat back was 530. 15 min ride over/back. There were around 40-50 ppl on the boat and everyone made the 530 pickup. We did the Hell Roaring Falls side trip on the way back and were back to the dock by 450. 6 and 1/2 hrs round trip. I really enjoyed this hike, it has a bit of everything- boat ride, waterfalls (4), forrest, valley, ladder, tunnel, chain section and, of course, Crypt Lake. So glad to have had the chance to do this hike!!

This hike was gorgeous. Definitely worth the difficult rating, but absolutely worth it. We went with a group of 5 moderately fit 29 year olds at the end of September when only 1 ferry runs (10am and 530pm) and we didn’t miss the ferry back but there were a few others who were close to missing it. We spent around 30 minutes at Crypt Lake for lunch and took the extra Hell Roaring Falls trail back. Hiking poles were helpful on the way down, although not necessary. Definitely worth checking out but be ready for a solid workout and some sore glutes the next day!

Also: we had a dog with us and they did great. The trails and ridges weren’t too narrow but we did need to carry them up the ladder and through the tunnel so it would depend on the size of the dog (ours is ~30lbs).

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
1 month ago

Went yesterday, still a little smoky. Pictures aren't as clear when they come out. Biked the first 6.6 KM. from where we left our bike to the top is another 6.5km. On our GPS shows a little over 26km returns. took us forever to get up there, but it's definitely worth it. Unbelievable amazing and hard...

hiking
1 month ago

A pretty good hike to go on an adventure on. You can bike or walk the first 6kms or you can pre book a boat to start the trail. There is a bit of bushwhaking, the trees are pretty thick so be sure to make lots of noise. We encountered a grizzly in this area. The hike is set at a good incline, it's not very strenuous. There is a creek to fill up your water later on in the hike. The view at the top is phenomenal and well worth it. Being able to see the surrounding mountains and see so far out in the prairies is incredibly unique and breathtaking.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day out. A bit of a challenge but worth the hike when you get to the top

A really fun hike, with beautiful waterfalls, streams, a canyon and a very rewarding lake. Recommend jumping into the cold glacier water because after all, you've earned it! This hike does have a cool feature which is a cave you climb through. This hike is definitely worth doing with some friends.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Took the 830 ferry and the 4pm return.
Lots of time for breaks and lunch once we got to Crypt lake. I was nervous about the chains and I think that was my favourites part ;)
We saw a grizzly on the trail on the way up and again on the way down. Quite a few people on the trails but not overly busy for a holiday - didn’t have to wait anything or worry about passing.
Can’t wait to do this one again!!

hiking
1 month ago

Since it's one of the only trails open it was fairly crowded. No shade so don't forget sunscreen. Not too many bugs. You can access Bertha Bay from this trail which is really nice and a good little swimming spot if you can't or don't want to go all the way to Bertha Lake.

hiking
1 month ago

We biked to the trail head, nice mostly flat 6km ride. The hike itself is pretty steep, lots of people take horses up, but it’s still a very doable hike. The views at the top are spectacular!

super easy hike. good for after dinner walk. nice view of lake and town. very busy.

hiking
1 month ago

Came down for the September long weekend. Decided to hike the trail, Saturday morning. For those that don't know you take the ferry across, $23 I believe it is. Once on the otherside of the lake, it's an 8-9km hike up to Crypt Lake. Weather wise it was perfect, approx 19C with a slight breeze. This makes the climb manageable from not being excessively warm - and you will be very warm as you climb. I don't know if I'd like to be doing this climb in the peak of summer. A sturdy pair of hiking boots are definitely required as there is loose, sharp rocks and material across the entire trail. I also packed a rain jacket and fleece just in case. Once you're up at Crypt Lake it will be cool so a fleece or thin jacket will come in handy especially if you decide to relax for a while taking in the views. Its beautiful up here so totally worth the climb. There are a handful of waterfalls along the route anyway so there's plenty to see. The journey up and down took 6.5 hrs total. I will definately be back again.

the journey is what makes this hike. crypt lake is not as great as I had expected... it's just another mtn lake, nothing too special about the destination, the rocks were more interesting than the actual lake. the journey however was a bit challenging but not scary. basically it was a long hike that didnt meet my expectations. the sketchy scrambly section was short and doable. ladder is very short. best part was the boat was blasting "eye of the tiger" after we were dropped off.. was a fun way to start a hike. no wildlife sighting at all thank gawd.

hiking
1 month ago

2018.08 Loved all the Waterfalls along the trail.

This trail met my expectations in terms of difficulty and beauty. The climb is so well worth it and making my way through the tunnel and cabling was thrilling. We did the hike around the lake at the top which was also a bit harrowing at times given the recent snow and scree, but it was pretty cool to be back in Montana for a few minutes.

such a good hike. challenging and exciting. take the early ferry and come back on the late one for a more relaxing experience.

on Crypt Lake Trail Loop

hiking
1 month ago

This is the best hike that I’ve ever done! I felt like the overall hike was decently flat except for the last little stretch- but every ounce of energy and money that you put into this hike is well worth it! I took the first shuttle out to the hike and the first shuttle back; it gave me enough time to hike up, chill at the lake for an hour, walk around the lake, walk to the waterfall, check out the canyon, and hike back down. The ladder, cave and wire mountain scaling are so thrilling, the waterfall is beautiful, and the extra km to the Hell Roaring Canyon is great! Also, the trail is very green and hasn’t been harmed by wildfires so that’s great! But beware! It is bear country! I did run into a cub on the trail!

on Crypt Lake Trail Loop

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I are beginner hikers and we had no idea what we were getting into with this hike...It took us 4 hours to get to the lake, and then 3 to go back down to the dock. You have to catch the ferry from Waterton to cross the lake to get to the start of the trail, then make sure to make it back in time in the afternoon to catch the last ferry back.
The trail is very steep with lots of switchbacks. There were a couple of waterfalls that you pass by. You know you're close to the the lake when you reach the campground, then there's a tunnel and cables/chain on the side of the mountain to shimmy across.
That being said, hard work does pay off. Crypt Lake is beautiful, and the water is cool and delicious (we brought a water purifier with us - don't drink straight from the lake!). We had a quick picnic and rested our feet before we headed back through the Hell Roaring Falls detour (adds 1 hour). We saw a chipmunk on the way back!
My husband and I are of average fitness...if we can do it, so can you!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this in March, lots of snow on the ground still which made it more of a challenge. Did it a second time but came in through the campground side with the family.

Easy hike to the falls, good for a day trip and family outing. Did this a couple weeks before the fire, want to go back again to see the change.

Wow, what a workout. Definitely something I will never regret doing. A great feeling of accomplishment. Yet, will never do again at age 52 and with lung that are used to be 6 feet above sea level.

Amazing hike, not for a beginner but well worth the effort. Views from the tunnel are incredible and the lake is beautiful. Even saw a mountain goat up resting by the lake!

Great, thrilling hike. Enjoyed it immensely.

hiking
2 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!

Easy trail, nice views of the Upper Waterton Lake and surrounding mountains. Two backcountry campgrounds - one at Bertha Bay and second at Bonduary Bay.

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