Explore the most popular trail running 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.

I have done this trail a few times, mainly to complete the Triple Crown and the Fantastic Four (which Pearls Cafe no longer does). Not on of my personal favorites compared to the other hikes for the Triple Crown but still gorgeous scenery.

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

mountain biking
13 days ago

Beautiful way to enter Waterton.

hiking
29 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.

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 :-(

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

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful!! We started from the lake and hiked back into town. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. The last few km weren’t too exciting but overall a wonderful hike. Gorgeous views!

walking
7 months ago

Fantastic views all the way along the trail. Trail is paved and perfect for walking, biking, strollers, wheelchairs etc. You can take the path from near the park entrance, all the way down into the townsite.

hiking
7 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
7 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.

hiking
8 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
9 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
9 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.

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
9 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.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 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.

Easy to see what makes it one of the top hikes in Canada, take time for a swim.

Unspeakable beauty to be seen

Great hike. More of a gradual incline with a few tougher steep parts. Few parts have shale, the rest is a nice trail! Beautiful views and lakes

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely a must do if you want a spectacular challenging hike. The two switchbacks to reach the lake are tough but beautiful. We liked walking through the tunnel and the ledge walk. The lake is pristine. I would not recommend hells canyon Falls addition. It was a rough trail when you are tired. We had plenty of time for the 8:30 drop and the 5:30 pick up even with the added mileage of around the lake and the canyon trail. Buy your boat tickets the day before.

Awesome hike, will be doing it again sometime next year, hopefully as part of the triple crown challenge. Amazing views and animal life. We took the shuttle from Tamarack in Waterton and walked back on the trail to the town.

I would rate this trail as moderate to difficult. Avid hikers will find this hike easy but for those who don't do too much endurance hiking you may find your legs a bit noodle-like by the end of the day!

hiking
10 months ago

One of the coolest hikes hands down. So much variety when it comes to a day hike! Cool tunnel to crawl through and this trail keeps you on your toes with a crawl up a rockface holding onto chains. Amazing lake at the end with a massive waterfall makes this hike very rewarding! Id do it again in a heart beat!

backpacking
10 months ago

Best views on any hike I've done. We did more than just this section though, we started at Red Rock parking area and went to Goat Lake for the night. Then on to Twin Lakes the second night. When we departed the following morning for the last stretch back to Red Rock parking area we had the most spectacular views! Looking down you could see both lakes and then cross over snow capped mountains and through lush meadows. There were rivers and waterfalls, it was stunning. It was 31-35 km total loop and bikes couldn't do the last 1/3 of the loop (we climbed over at least 4 trees! And went up some very steep inclines)

Probably my favourite hike to date. Loved every minute of it.

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