Explore the most popular river 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
2 days ago

It’s an enjoyable hike and worth the effort and time, but also a little over-rated. It’s scenic and the hike through the tunnel is an experience.

Great hike. Loved the hike. Was very hard, but we took a lot of water and rested often so it all went great. Even got rain when we got at the top.

backpacking
15 days ago

Beautiful views, and a good challenge. From lakes, rivers, meadows, scrambling, bushwhacking, and a little ridge walking, this trail offers a great variety. The trail is longer, and with the other trails around can be a loop or an out and back. It’s hard to follow in certain areas, especially through the forest because it’s so overgrown and looks more like a game trail. But definitely one of my favourite hikes. Can be done in two days, but would suggest spending at least two nights.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

This is an absolutely beautiful hike! Lots to see and take time with. The first half of the trip (day 1) was extremely long so be prepared to be exhausted when you reach the campsite! There are parts of the train that are grown over and is a challenge to get through as you have to climb over and under fallen trees! All in all, a challenging yet gorgeous hike!

Absolutely amazing!

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 :-(

hiking
22 days ago

One of my top 3 favourite hikes of all time!! Incredible views the whole time! Keep going past the lake up to Avion Ridge. You’ll find a waterfall that you can enjoy on a hot day. Gorgeous spot to have a private lunch as it’s off the main trail to the left. Absolutely gorgeous. So happy we made this home happen before the fire in Waterton.

Starts with a long flat portion, followed by a steep uphill hike. The uphill portion is tough, but mostly because the hike itself is long. We were definitely tired the next day. Some awesome views and waterfalls on the way up, especially with the trees changing colour in the fall. The lake itself was a bit underwhelming tbh but overall still worth it for the rest of the hike.

An absolutely amazing hike. Did this back in July. It requires a ferry ride to get to the trailhead so make sure to stop by and grab a ticket beforehand.

The trail itself winds through the mountain forests before breaking through the tree line. There are a couple very cool waterfalls on the way up, and the last part of the hike is amazing and intense, with a ladder up to a cave and then some cliff side scrambling (with a cable for safety) to get to the valley where the trail’s namesake is located.

Leaving the trail also requires a ferry back. Don’t miss the last one or they’ll leave you and send the park rangers to pick you up later. When we hiked there were two women who got left behind. Know your limits and watch the clock so that this doesn’t happen to you.

Awesome

4 months ago

Beautiful view of townsite and prairies , amazing hike

hiking
6 months ago

Long and tough, but very worth it!!

Great hike! Take a small fishing pole with a spinner for some cutthroats in Crypt!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, with spectacular views, took the Hell Roaring Falls trail on the way up, separated us from the boat load of people going up, and able to do this part of the trail while still full of energy.

A good place to spend a warm sunny afternoon playing around on the rocks and in the water. A fun place for kids to explore.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this hike. Pretty tough, switch backs we're a killer but the views were incredible.

hiking
7 months ago

Super awesome! Great for beginners that have the cardio for 17 km. Get to the lake first and you will feelthe silence.

hiking
8 months ago

Enjoyed hiking it with friends. The best part is the tunnel and the crystal clear lake. It took us 7hours to complete the loop.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this on long weekend. Started at 830 am from waterton lake and reached crypt lake hike landing by 845 am. Boat ride was good and guide shared some good information about the hike. We were able to reach crypt lake in 2 hr 40 min though we spend some time in taking pictures all the way. Falls were not impressive as we expected. I personally believe the Tunnel and lake are the main focus of this hike. While coming back we went to Hell roar fall but the trail from there to come down is not well maintained and you will see thick foliage. I would prefer to pass this passage with few guys and not alone. Overall it was 20 plus km and decent elevation.

Nearly all the hikes in Waterton were closed except this, Bertha Lake and Bears Hump. Well, we were relieved this one remained open. So much variety on the hike - and some stunning views. The cave and cable were both frightening yet exhilarating. We had an excellent day. The loop detour near the end was a little lack-lustre but we can say we did it.

I would say this was moderate-hard. Definitely got the heart rate up once you hit the climb, after a fairly pleasant 3.5 k of pretty easy going. There are a few gorgeous photo ops on the way and the lake is beautiful once you hit the top! I really enjoyed this hike, even tho it was super smoky on hike day.

Worth every step there's a waterfall near the top off the path id recomend taking the sketchy chance and climbing down me and my dogs did it.... Also depending on the time of year pack water for the dogs lots of the creeks were dried up by sept 1

My favorite Waterton Hike. I'm scared of heights and I was a bit nervous coming out of the cave and climbing up the side but the cable is very secure and if you don't look down you'll be just fine!! So fun and so worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Did the hike in late August.

The hike by itself is a decent workout . The first part of the hike goes thru a forest and is shaded. The first set of climb is easy and then it levels out. Some where around the second waterfall, the hike starts climbing and it is completely exposed . Then comes, the ledge , the tunnel and the chains. Truth be told, reading the reviews, I was extremely scared, but once I got to the ledge I realised there was enough space to walk comfortably on both sides! The tunnel is of course fun! The lake is just a small walk away after this .

The lake is a very very pretty lake and it is easy to loose track of time while at the lake. So it is very important to time yourself at the lake.

We saw three bears during the hike - two near the tunnel and far away and one on the trail. While they didn't trouble us, it is always good and recommended to carry bear spray if the need be. We rented ours from Pats - Unless opened can be returned and deposit of 15$ is returned back .

We also took the Hell Roaring Canyon on the way back - will not really recommend. The trail is steeper in sections and the very very hot day did not make it easier.

Kids have a blast walking the canyon bottom. We even came back the next day and did it again but with crocs on.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike for the first 4.5km, after the turn off it's straight up but worth it with views of the valley and the clear water lake.

hiking
9 months ago

First time doing a hike for me and I loved it. Second set of switchbacks were rough, but Crypt Lake was worth it. Definitely a mental challenge as the physical part wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Saw a few families with kids under 12 and older people as well. Most fun parts were the tunnel and the cable walk. Most difficult part was the rocky switchbacks. It was hot and I brought 2 litres of water and ran out on the way back, so bring lots of water, a hat, and sunscreen. I also brought Tylenol and a knee brace and it helped quite a bit for the way down. I recommend 100%. We had lots of time with the 8:30 drop off and 5:30 pick up. You can buy your tickets the day before.

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