Crypt Lake

MODERATE 47 reviews

Crypt Lake is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waterton, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3234 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

Start from Waterton Township on the northwest end of Upper Waterton Lake and find the boat launch at the marina for the Waterton Shoreline Cruise Company. Tickets for the Crypt Lake Shuttle Ferry are $20 for adults and $10 for children (as of 2012). Ferries leave at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. daily. On the ride to Crypt Landing on the east side of the lake, enjoy fantastic views south toward the United States, and north toward the historic Prince of Whales Hotel situated on a bluff above the lake. There is no drinking water on the boat or along the trail, so pack everything you need before you start. Ferries return to Waterton Township at 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

hiking
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8 days ago

11 days ago

Great! Moderate except for the part there is a wire u have to use to get from one area to the next. Still fun would do it again. Beautiful views too!

12 days ago

16 days ago

amazing hike, beautiful mountain. look out for the cougar!

hiking
17 days ago

Just hiked this trail yesterday. We were able to make it the whole way. Still a good amount of melting snow for the last hour of the hike. Lake is still frozen over but melting fast. This was one of the most amazing hikes I have done. Challenging but totally worth the experience. We encountered a very young mountain lion on the hells fall trail so just a heads up there. Not sure if there is a mother or not. We didn't see her if she is around.

hiking
17 days ago

Unbelievable views, difficult, and totally worth the work. Bring a lot of water, the switchbacks toward the end are above the tree line and that sun can be absolutely relentless.
Best Memories: Climbing through a cave, cliff walks, stunning views.

2 months ago

July 30, 2016

8 months ago

I rated this a 5 because of its diversity. The hike starts with a 15 min boat ride to trail head. Grizzly bears, steep cliffs with inches of foot room, cables to hang onto, a 10 foot ladder leading to 50 foot narrow tunnel. A big plus is the small group of people on the trail due to limited seating on the boat.

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

So much fun! Lots of elevation and the ridge/tunnel/chained ridge spot are scary and fun! A must do for sure. The ferry needed to get there is TOO expensive. They know it's the only way so they gouge big time. 25 bucks for a 5 minute boat ride

hiking
9 months ago

This is my ultimate favorite trail I've ever experienced. We had absolutely great weather and we will be doing this hike many times again during our life. 5 star trail!

9 months ago

Nice hike, not too hard. Beautiful lake at the top and some nice waterfalls along the way.

9 months ago

This is a beautiful trail with lots of great views, multiple waterfalls, a beautiful lake at the end to sit and have lunch (lots of places to sit), and some fun obstacles (a narrow and short tunnel, a narrow climb with a cable to hang onto, etc). Definitely worth the cost of the boat ride.

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

10 months ago

This was the most unique hike I have been on so far! The views from the top are insane! I would do this hike again for sure!

10 months ago

Amazing trail

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago