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Vimy Peak is a 11.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 4, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.7 mi Elevation gain 3,733 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

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Forest

Lake

River

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Note: The route as shown includes a difficult river crossing. If you would rather skip this, you can take the Wishbone Trail from Highway 6, though this will add some extra distance to the hike.

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Jody Evanson
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Hiking

Aug 3- Best way to do this hike is to Bike the 4 miles up Wishbone Trail. (40 min ride and 1 creek crossing - water was ankle deep) Awesome hike to Vimy summit, mostly through bush and forest. From the summit we walked across the ridge to next high point then down the slope to rejoin main trail. I highly recommend this little loop- it was my favorite part and the views were amazing! Good trails to follow the whole way. Our total time, including the bike ride in and out, and the addition of the ridge walk was 7 hours.

Danny McBride
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Hiking
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Brenda Lenko
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HikingBugsGreat!

This hike was not as difficult as I expected. The trail was a gradual uphill until the very end, where it was more uphill and a bit shaly but not too slippery. I would say if you can do Crypt you can do this one. We started from the beach on Middle Waterton lake. We had our own boat to drop us off, but Waterton Shoreline Cruise shows this option on their website, From here the trail is much shorter as you don't have to do the Wishbone trail. There is a trail from the beach that goes up and then you head left, away from Vimy, for maybe 1/2 km to hook up to the Vimy/Wishbone intersection. There is a sign here that says 4.8 km to Vimy Peak but it's actually about 7, so don't be fooled. Also, the crossing at the old Marquis Hole Day use area is very deep according to some hikers we met. We started very early and it took us about 10 hours to complete - mostly because we took a wrong turn towards the ridge which added at least 1.5 hours. We were advised to take the switchback trail to the left - but we took an earlier trail to the left that led to the ridge so we had to walk along the ridge to the peak. If I were to do it again I would take the main trail up to the tree line and then take the left trail up to the peak - I am posting a photo for reference. The trail is visible switchbacking across the shale to the top. Stay on the trail side of the ridge and look for stone cairns. Overall it was very pleasant - lots of flowers, good trail, no killer hills, great views across the mountains and prairies and of the Lion's Head. We noticed the bugs were much worse coming down, possibly because of the time of day. Also we had to cross 2 creeks which got our boots a bit wet. We had 3 litres of water each, poles, jackets, sun hats, bug spray. We were a group of 4 which I recommend due to the chance of seeing a bear especially in the next few weeks when the berries are ripe. The Saskatoons grow high and close to the trail.

Rebekah Stretch
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HikingRockyScramble

Absolutely loved this mountain, however we opted for the longer Wishbone trail, since on our first attempt we didn’t realize that the AllTrails route requires a legitimate river crossing that would require a kayak. When on the correct trail, this mountain is fantastic. The slope is gradual through the trees, and the climb finishes with a fun little scramble section to the summit. The summit views are truly incredible. Watch out for bears, since our group encountered two grizzlies on July 14th and had to reroute several kilometres to avoid them. Take bear spray, be noisy, and enjoy the views!

Myrandha Jo Turnbull
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HikingGreat!

This has become one of my FAVORITE hikes in Waterton! From the wildflowers in the open wishbone trail flats to the amazing views of Chief, Crypt lake, the town site and many more mountains we have all probably summit-ed a time before at the top. 10 out of 10! We also opted for the wishbone trail route which made for a longer day ( 28km at 9.5 hours) but an easy creek crossing. The hike after the flats is a continuous slight incline until just before the summit were you'll need to dig your toes in for a non- technical scramble. Surprisingly we saw no signs of bears but we were greeted at the summit by a scurry of curious chipmunks that wanted in our packs and licked our legs any time we weren't paying attention. BRING BUGSPRAY

Joanna Kocot
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HikingBugsOver grown

Did this hike a few days ago on July 16 via Wishbone trail. Views of Waterton Lakes and the surrounding mountains are pretty awesome the whole way, especially near the summit, and multiple creek crossings make for a more interesting hike. Water shoes made the big creek crossing (the first one along the Wishbone trail) super easy, and we didn’t have to worry about getting our hiking boots and socks wet that way. The trail itself is not difficult or steep until just past the tree line (about 1.5km from the summit) where it turns into a steep shale scramble to the summit (a little more difficult too if you end up off route). This part is what made it challenging , combined with just the sheer length of the whole trail, as well as swarms of nasty flies and mosquitos (bug spray is essential!). Also, large parts of the trail near the base are entirely overgrown with vegetation as tall as me in some areas! Gave my legs a nasty rash. In hindsight, should’ve biked the initial 7km to the base as it’s flat and would have cut some time off. Total distance ended up being 26.9km round-trip according to AllTrails and it took us 9 hrs 45 min (this includes all stops/breaks). Would recommend bringing tons of water especially on a hot day. I brought about 2.5L and ran out on the way down.

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Magdalena M.
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we strongly recommend biking to start of this trail. the trail it self is challenging enough and there's probably good 4-5 km to get to it. it's all really nice and interesting, but it gets pretty tiring especially when you have to walk back to your parked car after a long hike. the views are breathtaking, wild flowers, vegetation, natural springs, it's all well worth it, but we would definitely bike in next time.

GEORGE LYN
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HikingScramble

July 13,2020, 7km cycling +6.5km hiking from hwy 6, cross the creek without remove the shoes, just few steps upward from trail crossing, a log almost cross the creek above water, but very sleepy, need cautious with pole, scramble to the peak along the cliff short cut is a little dangerous.

Jalene Cartwright
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HikingFlooded

today was our 3rd attempt at Vimy this weekend.. tried to kayak yesterday water was to rough.. then attempted to bike in..flooded out today we tried to get to the trail head by foot the first 2 water crossings are not marked but passable at knee deep we got to the marked water crossing and it was not safe to pass so sadly we backed out. I am going to try and attach pics of the water crossings I would be super interested to see someone's recording in the near future to make another attempt

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Jalene Cartwright
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Paddle sports

we tried to padel to vimy to much wind

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Kayla Hardy
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I am doing this with my boyfriend Tuesday July 14th if anyone would like to join us! the more the better to avoid bear contact!

Brittany Hedges
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HikingMuddyOver grownScrambleSnow

Did this hike on july 4th and it was a gorgeous day. Biked wishbone to the Vimy trailhead, took us about and hour and 15 on the way there but 40 on the way down. we crossed the river and it was almost knee high and flowing pretty good. we ditched our bikes at the vimy trailhead and hiked up. muddy sections so watch your footing and a couple little water crossings. we met snow and went up a valley/avalanche path after the waterfall. we did the hard scramble up but should have taken the longer route (we did on the way down and it was less sketchy and easier). Great views of crypt, the prairies and waterton from the top. Took us 9.5 hours with quite a few breaks on the way up and average fitness level.

Brett Hamm
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

** We used an alternative route that requires an inflatable boat, but removes the long hike/bike in to the trailhead. I would recommend it if you don't want the long walk to the trailhead. Please be bear aware as this track sees way less traffic. We ran into two black bears. See below for more info. We did the hike in 2019. ** This is definitely a tougher more wild hike due to the limited access. If you aren't comfortable with some exposure there are better hikes in Waterton. However, with that said the views from the summit are breathtaking and it's totally doable if you are relatively fit. With the Rockies on one side, and Prairies on the other, the views on this hike are truly special. We crossed the narrow section of the outflow from the lake, which is actually marked on Google maps as "Dardanelles". It used to be accessible by road and there's an old day use area here, however a small creek has washed out the road and Parks has decided not to repair it. You will need to find a spot to cross this creek, we just removed our shoes and walked through it. We then used a small Intex inflatable boat to cross the lake outflow. Once on the other side we tied down the boat in the bush. Just follow the shoreline to the other side and eventually you will come across an unmarked trail through thick bush. This links up to a section of the Wishbone Landing trail. You backtrack a little bit and eventually you hit the Vimy Peak trail. Please check Google maps to get an idea of where to head in off the beach and if possible check my recording to see our GPS track or my screenshot photo upload. It's not a perfect way in, but it's shorter and more interesting than the long walk along Wishbone. We had a lot of fun.

Luis F Arevalo
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HikingBugsFloodedMuddy

Biked 7km to the head trail. The boat option from the lake inlet is impossible as park regulations have forbidden the use of boats (virus) and the water is rather high. The views from Vimy are splendid and it is one of my favorites in Waterton to catch up the sunset. At this time of the year the sun sets almost in a straight North - West line from the peak illuminating all the Castle Wildland's peaks. Mosquitos were horrendous... Thanks to the windy ridge and day there was a respite on the onslaught. Some snow patches here and there and muddy conditions before the ascent to the ridge. Some streams to be crossed as well with shin high water. Beautiful. 5 bears were seen in the distance, a typical recurrence of this beautiful place.

Rachel Klassen
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

Epic hike up Vimy Peak. Started at the Wishbone trail head and biked in for just under 7km which took about 40 minutes to reach the Vimy Peak trail head. You had to cross a river/creek half way through the bike ride and the water was mid to high shin deep. When you’re biking, be careful for bears; we saw two grizzlies on our way in, and one on our way out. The hike starts out in some pretty dense vegetation which makes it hard to watch your footing. It was also pretty muddy at the start but it dries up and the vegetation dwindles as you hike up. There’s still some snow left on the trail which made it a bit challenging in some points but you can tell that it’s melting away quickly. When we reached the saddle (there’s a large basin that Vimy curls around), you can go left or right. Left will take you up around the basin and lead you to Vimy Peak, and right takes you straight up to the peak. If you go around the basin to the left you get an epic view of Crypt Lake. When you get to the top, don’t forget to sign your name in the book (there’s a little pink box tucked into the rocks at the far end of the rocks when you reach the peak). Including the bike ride, the hike took about 7.5 hours.

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