Explore the most popular wildlife 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
4 hours ago

Beautiful views! Don’t be daunted by the chain and edge walk... if you can walk on a sidewalk you can walk across the exposed edge! Bring lots of water if it’s a sunny day, as you’ll be very exposed to the sun in the valley.

Great hike. Lots of mountain scenery. Lake was pretty. Hike off trail at the lake up to a snow field with great views of the lake. There was smoke from the fires in Glacier Park on the US side.

Nice, easy hike. A lot of traffic. Close up of recent 2017 fire. Would recommended continue up to Bertha lake itself.

Great little hike. Did it March of 2017. Lots of snow. Was quiet and beautiful.

Long hike, very busy . Was able to walk out onto the ice and jump in for a dip at the lake to cool down. Pictures make it seem more intense than it actually is. Cable isn't even needed. Has some nice scenery but the traffic takes away from the experience for sure.

Such a beautiful trail. I did this hike in August of 2017 right before the Kenow fire burned it's way through Waterton Park. this trail offers such unique views of Waterton National Park, Glacier National Park and Akamina Provincial Park. Would definitely suggest ascending on the Forum Lake side of the trail and descending on the Wall Lake side. An absolutely stunning hike. This is a difficult trail, but it's not so hard to discourage a reasonably in shape person. Most of the hike is on top the ridge at high elevation. 10/10 would recommend.

A fun hike. A bit of everything for everyone. I would rate this as easy to low intermediate. The ladder, tunnel and little climb after are cool but very short and extremely easy to handle. We took our time and made it up in 2.5 hours, stayed 2 hours on top then took the alternate route down and still made it back within 2.5 hours

backpacking
7 days ago

Up to this point, this is the toughest hike I have ever done. I would rate this hike closer to difficult than to moderate. The terrain is very rocky and requires a bit more than average stamina. The ladder climb, cave traverse, and cable climb are not for the faint of heart. Loved it all! The descent is tough but is rewarded with multiple waterfalls. Recommend extra water or filter system. Went thru 6 liters

Air quality still a little smoky in Waterton today but not bad. Burned areas are present over much of the trail but Bertha lake is still pristine. Burned forest areas are filling up with thimbleberries, colorful fireweed, and other plants and the views of Waterton lake and the surrounding mountains are opened up. Trail is very busy and it is difficult to get a photo without someone walking into it but I had no worries about bears or injury with so much potential help available so there’s the silver lining. Don’t let the burned areas keep you from doing this one. It is still well worth the trip.

Best trail ever! We took the earliest 8:30 water taxi and returned at 5:30 making it a full day of adventures. Do yourself a favor and bring a bathing suit and beers, we had the best time walking/swimming around the lake. Tip: put your beers in the water, it will be nice and chilly:) It took us the same amount of time to go back as to hike up.

We hiked this trail on 8-3-2018 and found it challenging but doable. You feel pushed because you are not sure how much time you will need to meet up with the boat time. We picked a steady pace and made it in 2 hours and 45 minutes which we were told is better than the average. Stayed at the top had lunch and headed back. Still made it and had to wait an hour and half for the 4 pm boat. We took the early boat also which allowed us extra time. We did not have a lot of people on this day total maybe 60 .
Wonderful hike with a unique trail! If you don’t like heights don’t do this hike.
This was a wonderful day spent in Canada!

Had a beautiful hike up to upper Bertha Falls and beyond. Hike starts out in shady pine forest but soon one is out in the open in the hot sun witnessing the terrible destruction of the 2017 fire. Continuing up the fairly heavily used trail, with children, dogs and some folks in flip flops, the ascent is fairly gradual taking you up to the beautiful falls. From there you can take a break, climb down a slope and cool off your feet in the water. From there on the trail gets steeper. Less than a mile from Bertha Lake, decided that was enough hiking in the heat (87 F) and turned around and hiked down. It was still a beautiful hike with views of Waterton Lake.

My first time and my new experience for hiking on this crypt lake has been fascinated me! This is literally a beautiful hike, recommend!

Challenging climb, especially once you get to the switchbacks. Hike has a little of everything: creek, waterfalls, alpine lake, big lake views, pine forest. Part of the forest was burned during the big 2017 fire. Overall, a great microcosm of Waterton Lakes hiking.

This was a nice hike that I didn’t find too difficult. We got on the first boat, which I highly recommend. We made it up in just over two hours. I find it more difficult coming down than going up. It’s more technical for sure. It was a great day.

Climb to the top through the burnt trees , with great views of Waterton Lake make this a relatively easy day out

One of the very best day hikes I’ve done

One of the most amazing hikes I've ever done. We got to the dock early and they sent a ferry at 8am because there was enough people to fill the boat. Sit by the stairs on the ferry to get off first! We took off running to separate from the crowd and made it to the lake behind only one other person. We then took our time going back, exploring waterfalls and doing the hell-roaring canyon detour. I can't image why people have said this section isn't worth taking, it was absolutely gorgeous. We got back to the dock at 2:30 and were lucky that they sent an early ferry which we got on at 3pm. Again we sat at the stairs and were the first ones off. It was the perfect day. I've done around 40 hikes in the past 2 years and we both agreed this was in the top 3!

This trail was extremely crowded today, lots of children and dogs (many off leash). Because it is so accessible, there are many inexperienced hikers that lack trail etiquette (hiking side by side, not yielding to those traveling uphill). if you get past the falls and hike to the lake, the issue resolves itself. it is interesting and sad to see the remnants of the recent fire.

I've never heard of anyone doing this as an out and back hike. Both times I've done it, we've continued on from Twin lakes to Red Rock Canyon and finished there. It makes it around 33-35 km (20-22 miles). The hike is gorgeous with meadows, ridges, and lakes all the way along. The first time on the trail was a 3-day backpacking trip. There were good places to camp at Lone Lake and Twin Lakes before the fires. The second time was as a one day hike and it was one of the best hikes I've ever been on. It was long but doable. Hopefully the trail will open up again soon.

Unreal cliff diving into a glacier lake.!!!! One you beat the crowds from the boat your good to go.

We hiked Bertha Falls with our three teenagers. It was a fairly easy hike with manageable elevation gain. Much of the hike is through one of the burn areas from the 2017 fire, so there is very little shade. Use your sunscreen. It was actually fascinating to see the burnt trees close up, as many of them were shedding the burnt bark and still alive (I think) underneath. You can also see the views to Waterton Lake through all the burnt trees, but as there were typical summer fires in the Western states and Canada, it was a bit hazy. Lastly, the Falls themselves are really beautiful with cool diagonally sheared rocks. Note that several of the trails in Waterton are closed (or the roads that get you to the trails), so this one, being one of the few that is open, was more crowded than usual.

Definitely a long, but relatively easy hike for anyone in decent shape. I was a little disappointed in the overall ‘thrill’ of it but I suppose that’s because I have been getting into more technical hikes / scrambles. If you are in the Waterton area I wouldn’t pass it up, a mix of everything from waterfalls to tunnels, and a refreshing alpine lake at the top where you can stop and have lunch. Pack lots of water and have patience for the heaps of hikers that will frequent it on a good weather weekend.

hiking
19 days ago

Overcrowded if you go mid day but still beautiful.

The switchbacks were a little hard on the 4 of us knees but the end was worth the climb. Such a beautiful little valley tucked away at the top of the mountain.

The hike was very crowded at the falls but once we continued past that point, the trail cleared up pretty quickly.

Id recommend this hike to my friends for sure!

Good hike - steep incline past the falls up to the lake but the lake is worth it. Took us 2.5 hours

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful views! We actually hiked across the ridge to the Crypt Lake trail. We joined up with the crypt trail by the old campsite/outhouses just before the tunnel. There was a lot of scrambling but a great adventure if you are up for it. Wouldn’t recommend it for beginners or hikers with little experience with scree.

on Lower Bertha Falls

hiking
23 days ago

Fairly easy. Good for beginners/first time hikers. Unfortunately, the trail is not as green as before due to forest fires.

This hike has changed since the fire (more exposed) but still awesome! Bertha is still a beauty! Go early... I had the lake to myself and on the way back passed a bazillion people.

This was a fairly easy hike. Took our group about 3 1/2 hrs. This included a stop at the lake. Good time to start is early for the traffic picks up about noon.

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