Upper Bertha Falls and Bertha Lake Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews

Upper Bertha Falls and Bertha Lake Trail is a 10.3 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 April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
558 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
4 months ago

Classic hike in the Watertown area. Be sure to take a lunch for a picnic on a small beach at the lake.

4 months ago

Loved this hike- beautiful falls and spectacular lake- saw some swimmers in lake and bear was in vicinity but we never saw- would recommend for sure.

4 months ago

Only did the lower falls. Beautiful trail though with 5 and 6 year old daughters.

hiking
4 months ago

crowded

hiking
5 months ago

It was a gorgeous day, with a slight breeze and cooler temperatures. No wildlife, but we had the lake to ourselves as we walked around it.

backpacking
5 months ago

We stayed at Bertha Bay and loved it. Short easy hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Overall a good hike. The trail is often crowded on the weekends between the trailhead and the lower falls. After the lower falls, the trail becomes significantly steeper and is only switchbacks until you get to the lake. There is a trail the goes around the lake and backcountry camping.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike up to an amazing waterfalls and then onto a gorgeous alpine lake. There are 3 waterfalls. This is definitely a one place to go.

6 months ago

You get an extra bonus when you hike all the way around the lake!

hiking
6 months ago

Aug 2016
Falls and lake both worth the hike!

7 months ago

Beautiful trail with a lot of wildflowers, love it!

7 months ago

Loved this hike! Didn't know there was a back country camping spot with an outhouse at the top! Beautiful views, good workout! Waterton is always a treat! About 4hr return moderate hike.

7 months ago

Beautiful views of Waterton Lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Didn't make the Upper Falls as still too much snow. Good walk anyway.

hiking
8 months ago

Would have been great but it is still snowed in. We made it farther than most since we had poles and proper hikers on, but still couldn't make it to the lake. The falls are beautiful though! I'd love to try again in summer.

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked Bertha Lake trail yesterday but unfortunately, due to the snow, we weren't able to make it all the way to the lake. About 3/4 of the way up we hit feet upon feet of snow, no trails or signs of trail left, and didn't have snowshoes to go any further. After turning around and making our way down we took the detour to Bertha Bay. The only wildlife we saw was the Big Horn Sheep and its baby that followed us on the Bay trail and some paw prints at the top in all the snow.
Great day for a hike.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Great 1/2 day hike. Take a lunch and dine lakeside!

backpacking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

My dad took us on this trip ages ago - it must have been in the late 90's. I still remember him jumping bare-butt into the lake and coming up screaming due to the cold. Haha - good memories. Would like to do this one again someday. We were able to get an 'off-road' stroller with a toddler in and out without issues.

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

This was an easy hike with limited views. The Bertha falls were the half way point and also were most of the tourism stops, because from here on, the real climbing begins.

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Didn't go all the way to the lake, only to the falls as we ran out of time! However it was a very well marked and maintained trail with beautiful views all along Waterton Lake. The water was low enough mid summer to climb on the first waterfall. The second waterfall was a beautiful curtain! Can't wait to go back to this one and make it all the way to the lake!

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