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Bear's Hump is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 4, 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.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 702 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

rock climbing


bird watching





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.

1 day ago

Trail was open July 1,2020. The views at the top were spectacular and worth the steep, strenuous climb up. The trail is well groomed with gravel and rock steps. It was very windy at the top and the rock cliff was slippery so be careful and don’t go to close to the edge.

14 days ago

as of June 18 this hike is closed

1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes. A quick, steep hike up to the top for tremendous views!

9 months ago

Decent incline all the way up. Beautiful view at the top to oversee the town.

no shade
11 months ago

Mon Jun 24 2019

Did this one 12 years ago. Was a good hike, can't wait for it to be open again.

Tue Aug 21 2018

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!

Tue Aug 07 2018

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.

Tue Jul 31 2018

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

Sat Jun 16 2018

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

Thu Jun 07 2018

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

Mon Jun 04 2018

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

Sat May 26 2018

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

Sun May 20 2018

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!

Sat May 19 2018

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

Fri May 18 2018

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.

Wed Apr 18 2018

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

Tue Apr 17 2018

A must see, short and sweet.

Mon Dec 18 2017

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

Mon Oct 23 2017

Shorter hike but definitely a good workout, great views.

Fri Sep 01 2017

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

Wed Aug 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.

Tue Aug 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.

Sun Aug 27 2017

awesome view

Mon Aug 14 2017

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

Tue Aug 08 2017

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

Thu Aug 03 2017

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

Sun Jul 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.

Sat Jul 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.

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