Crypt Lake Trail Loop

MODERATE 77 reviews

Crypt Lake Trail Loop is a 20.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
20.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1105 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

3 days ago

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3 days ago

First time doing a hike for me and I loved it. Second set of switchbacks were rough, but Crypt Lake was worth it. Definitely a mental challenge as the physical part wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Saw a few families with kids under 12 and older people as well. Most fun parts were the tunnel and the cable walk. Most difficult part was the rocky switchbacks. It was hot and I brought 2 litres of water and ran out on the way back, so bring lots of water, a hat, and sunscreen. I also brought Tylenol and a knee brace and it helped quite a bit for the way down. I recommend 100%. We had lots of time with the 8:30 drop off and 5:30 pick up. You can buy your tickets the day before.

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7 days ago

9 days ago

Easy to see what makes it one of the top hikes in Canada, take time for a swim.

10 days ago

Unspeakable beauty to be seen

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15 days ago

Absolutely a must do if you want a spectacular challenging hike. The two switchbacks to reach the lake are tough but beautiful. We liked walking through the tunnel and the ledge walk. The lake is pristine. I would not recommend hells canyon Falls addition. It was a rough trail when you are tired. We had plenty of time for the 8:30 drop and the 5:30 pick up even with the added mileage of around the lake and the canyon trail. Buy your boat tickets the day before.

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16 days ago

One of the coolest hikes hands down. So much variety when it comes to a day hike! Cool tunnel to crawl through and this trail keeps you on your toes with a crawl up a rockface holding onto chains. Amazing lake at the end with a massive waterfall makes this hike very rewarding! Id do it again in a heart beat!

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18 days ago

23 days ago

Probably my favourite hike to date. Loved every minute of it.

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23 days ago

Loved this hike! A scary part walking against the mountain and holding on to some wire but it was worth it as after there is a beautiful lake. The views are amazing:)

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1 month ago

pretty steep right off the begininng. the caves were fun, and the wall with the chain (Maybe not if you're scared of heights) should have brought a change of socks, got a little soggy new the caves walking through the water that was on the path.
made for a full day event.

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1 month ago

Great hike, tough, but rewarding!

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1 month ago

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