Bear's Hump [CLOSED] is a 1.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waterton, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 km
214 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

rock climbing







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 Lakes National Park is a very convenient and popular short hike starting behind the Visitor's Center. Fairly steep, the trail switchbacks up Mount Crandell to a prominent outcropping resembling a grizzly bear's hump, getting its name from the Blackfoot tribe. The views of the Prince of Wales hotel, the townsite and down the length of the surrounding lakes in both directions are spectacular. It's a great family hike with great rewards for a little bit of effort.

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 can see where prairie meets the mountains. A great half day hike!

2 months ago

I have done this trail few times before the fire. bit of a steep walk but amazing views when you get to the top, maybe next year it will reopen.

Steep, easy to climb. Just need to take time and plenty of water. Beautiful views. Happy we got to do this before the fire.

4 months ago

une fois rendu au sommet, quel vue.. a faire absolument!

4 months ago

Just a heads up, this trail is currently closed as of June 7, 2018

4 months ago

Went in August 2017. Glad we got to see it before the fire.

4 months ago

closed for 2018 due to wildfire damage. was a good good trail, well marked, somewhat steep but busy. great view over Waterton townsite

5 months ago

The hike itself is nothing spectacular, just lots of switchbacks. What really makes this hike worthwhile is the amazing view of Waterton Lake and the townsite. Absolutely stunning view and well worth the time and effort!

5 months ago

Due to the Kenow fire in September 2017 this trail is closed until further notice.

5 months ago

A steep walk but fairly short hike. Worth the view at the top.
Children can climb it. Family friendly
Any tourist to the area should make the climb just for the view alone; it is spectacular.

6 months ago

Love this hike I've been 4 times now and taken the kids they do really well. Spectacular views and such a beautiful little town. One of my absolute favs

6 months ago

A must see, short and sweet.

10 months ago

Big short steep hike up to the top. Tiring, but once you are up there you have a postcard picture of the amazing lake and mountains of Waterton. Highly recommend

11 months ago

Shorter hike but definitely a good workout, great views.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Short but very rewarding view at top. Don't miss!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Its a short but hard hike in the holy-cow-I-can't-breath sense (not technical). View was worth it and we saw people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels do it. Just take your time and enjoy the reward at the top.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

At 100m of elevation for each km it's quite a woorkout for the kids. Nice panoramic view of Waterton from the top though.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

awesome view

Monday, August 14, 2017

awezome little hike. takes me an average of 12-13 minutes

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Easy hike for an amazing experience! A must for everyone young or seasoned!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

25 minutes at a moderate pace. Awesome view! Loved it.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Quick hike and the views are gorgeous. Gives you a 360 degree view. Really windy on top so hold onto your hats! I HIGHLY recommend.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great quick family friendly hike, my son had been doing this hike with me since he was four. Steep but not for long before you are rewarded with the breathtaking view overlooking the waterton townsite.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Totally worth doing! Short and a bit steep but what a superb view.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Quick elevation to spectacular views. The trail up is one of the prettiest I've been on, although it's steep and might take your breath away if you're not used to hiking up mountains. Set a pace that's right for you and go for it. Keep climbing past the first main viewing area to get a little higher and away from the other hiking groups that might be up there.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Great trail. Do it at your own pace and after all your efforts the treasure is there: a breath taking view. Really worth to climb.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Short and Steep like others have said , but totally worth the climb and the crowds . The views are great .

Only thing to note is : if there are clouds gathered on the peak don't let that deter you . the clouds clear in a hour or so and the views are more interesting.

Monday, July 03, 2017

This is a short, steep and strenuous but rewarding climb that begins at the Waterton Visitor Resource Centre. This is a great hike with incredible views of the valley.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Very short and and a little bit steep trail, but the view is just gorgeous!
Chipmunks on the top harass people for food which is one of the highlights of this trail.
It's a totally must-do thing while you're in Waterton!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lots of big lunge type steps up but rewarded at the top with the view!

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