Bertha Peak Route is a 15.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 4, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips.

Distance: 15.6 km Elevation Gain: 1,246 m Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

Use the heat map to follow the next route that starts farther down the trail. Follow the lakeshore trail past the Bertha Lake campsites, maybe about 1/4 mile. As the lake comes into view again you will notice a trail that heads left to the lake- at this point look right and you will see rock cairns. Start scrambling up to the right following the cairns. The trail is steep and the cairns not easy to spot (many had fallen down) but eventually it leads you to a flat area with a large rock cairn with a stick poking up in the middle. From here it took us 1.25 hours to the peak and back to this spot. The next cairn leads to a trail through a forested section. The trail is easy to see here- it goes down into a small valley and takes you up to the ridge which leads to the peak. Then it’s a simple scramble up on shale and large slab shale covered with black and green lichen. The peak has a huge rock cairn and amazing 360 views of Waterton.

hiking
1 month ago

Happy I left at 8:30am, going down was a nightmare. Hundreds of people... Very nice warm up with small incline until the lake. Gets hot due to lack of shade in the burnt forest. I tried to find the moderate scrambling way up but the bushwhacking was too thick. Went the longer and easier option. Some route finding required. No scramble as I never had to put my poles away. Amazing views on top. It was sunny without muchwind! Perfect day in Waterton! Took about 5h+

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

we did the loop. and did not follow the trail till hit the lake. it's about 20 km and 1423m elevation gain. The view is stunning! so many beautiful lakes surrounding. The mountains are very colorful. it's hard hike. But all hard work paid back at submit!

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washed out
1 month ago

the trail up to the lake is very very busy which is both good and bad. wild animal incounters are rare but going shoulder to shoulder on this skinny trail is trying at times. up to the lake is a moderate incline non stop. theres a path around the lake thats a little overgrown but absolutely stunningly beautiful. the trial up to the peak starts maybe 300m from the day use area beaide the lake. look for what appears to be a slight rockslide (if you think you can walk up the rocky slope, you've arrived). prepare yourself for a long, incredibly steep climb. Do not attempt if its going to rain. incredibly dangerous going down in the rain (speaking from experience). i would recommend anyone climbing this peak to be physically fit and strong enough to handle your weight with upper body strength alone. would not do again.

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off trail
scramble
2 months ago

The hike to Bertha Lake is busy but beautiful. The lake itself is stunning and there were some of the most beautiful wildflower fields that I’ve ever seen (on the loop around the lake.) Unfortunately we missed the bloom season of the bear grass, but already plan to go up again earlier next season to see it. We attempted to summit Bertha Peak. We did some bushwacking and could not find the suggested route, even though we crossed over it a few times, according to the map. We did as others suggested, and found a trail up, while going around the lake. There is a very small rock cairn there to mark the start. There was some scrambling and few points where the trail is difficult to see, but not too bad. We did not summit today as my legs were too tired (I have fibromyalgia) and thought it best to turn around while I still had some energy to get down. Somehow we lost the trail on the way down and ended up descending through the forest where the fire had gone through. Some climbing over fallen logs and bushwacking did eventually get back on the trail around the lake. We feel like this was actually an easier way down than the scrambling would have been...and it was surprisingly beautiful!

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Great day for a hike in Waterton. Have tried this one before and was unsuccessful but not today! We made it!! Unfortunately the clouds rolled in so no view but still worth the grind.. The trail marked was easy to follow on the way up, but we did veer off on the way down. With the lake in view we managed to find the trail again.

hiking
2 months ago

I found it nice but a little harder than expected due to the amount of scrambling. We lost the trail on the way back. It was longer than expected. The entire round trip from the lake Bertha trailhead was about 7 hours. Great view though.

hiking
3 months ago

We couldn’t find the suggested route, but followed a different heat map route and loved it. Follow the trail around the lake about a 1/4 mile past the suggested turn off to the peak. You will see a short path leading off the main trail to the lake at your left. At this point, start to scramble uphill to your right from off the main trail. There is a noticeable cairn. There is a fair path to follow and a few cairns to help. It’s a good steep scramble up. This took us to a nice spot overlooking the lake. There is a large cairn with a stick poking up the center. From here it took us 1 hour to the summit. Follow the trail through a forested section, down a little valley, then it was just an uphill scramble from there to the peak! Gorgeous views!!

hiking
3 months ago

Was not able to find the trail that goes to the peak, looked for a while then gave up. Gorgeous trail around the lake though.

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
4 months ago

we went June 1st...we got to the lake then lost the trail up to the peak because of the snow. tried to create our own but it was going to be difficult to get down and rain storm was coming in! beautiful lake views though!!! I would definitely go back!!

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