Vimy Peak is a 18.8 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waterton, 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.

DISTANCE
18.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,138 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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4 months ago

Went yesterday, still a little smoky. Pictures aren't as clear when they come out. Biked the first 6.6 KM. from where we left our bike to the top is another 6.5km. On our GPS shows a little over 26km returns. took us forever to get up there, but it's definitely worth it. Unbelievable amazing and hard...

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4 months ago

A pretty good hike to go on an adventure on. You can bike or walk the first 6kms or you can pre book a boat to start the trail. There is a bit of bushwhaking, the trees are pretty thick so be sure to make lots of noise. We encountered a grizzly in this area. The hike is set at a good incline, it's not very strenuous. There is a creek to fill up your water later on in the hike. The view at the top is phenomenal and well worth it. Being able to see the surrounding mountains and see so far out in the prairies is incredibly unique and breathtaking.

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4 months ago

We biked to the trail head, nice mostly flat 6km ride. The hike itself is pretty steep, lots of people take horses up, but it’s still a very doable hike. The views at the top are spectacular!

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5 months ago

Beautiful views! We actually hiked across the ridge to the Crypt Lake trail. We joined up with the crypt trail by the old campsite/outhouses just before the tunnel. There was a lot of scrambling but a great adventure if you are up for it. Wouldn’t recommend it for beginners or hikers with little experience with scree.

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5 months ago

We did this hike as a bike’n’hike’n’bike. The first six KMs were relatively flat so we opted to bring our mountain bikes and just send it until the trail got steep. The mountain bike ride was fun but in parts the trail became quite narrow. On the ride we noticed several patches of burned trees from the 2017 forest fires. We so frequently felt inclined to comment on the burnt trees that we ended up keeping tally of the number of times we felt like we needed to comment on it. The tally was 8.

After the bike ride we began to ascend the steeper section of the hike by foot. The trail was not hard to follow but was overgrown and had me wondering why the park did not take better care of it’s stuff (the trail). The bushwhacking lasted about 2KM until the elevation took care of the parks stuff for them and the path cleared up. From this point in the trail became progressively steeper but still not challenging. There was a significant amount of horse dung on the trail that had me questioning their diet. However, we were ok with dung as long as it was not bear dung.

The last 100m or so of elevation was fairly steep but relatively short. We ended up running into a couple who had ridden their horses up toll this steep section. I asked about their horse’s diet but they replied “that’s a personal question” so we went out separate ways.

The view from the top was awesome. You can see the Waterton townsite as well as something I was told was called “Chief Mountain Peek” which were both cool to see. All told the b’n’h’n’b took us about 6 hours round trip with a half hour lunch-break at the top.

5 out of 5 would recommend

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5 months ago

Definitely take a bike for the beginning and the end it takes a lot of time off the trail. We were up first week of July and when you hit that peak the temp drops dramatically. Beautiful views and if you pause before the peak you can see Crypt Lake and it’s waterfall. Great hike for more experienced hikers especially with so few options in Waterton right now.

6 months ago

Great trail. On the hard side. If you submit remember you can walk the ridge peek to peek and get the rest of Vimy in one shot.

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7 months ago

Saw a bear within 1.2 km on the bike trail. Constant climbing from Wishbone Trail junction on Vimy Peak Trail. Snow covered trail near basin. Ascent the south Peak with great views Waterton Lakes and prairies.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Beautiful view of townsite and prairies , amazing hike

Monday, July 31, 2017

Awesome hike up, pretty easy until the scramble to the peak. We walked the ridge to the switchbacks you can see across the bowl, great day!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Amazing! We loved it. Pretty easy most of the way but definitely intense climbing up to the peak, awesome view.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Beautiful hike. We hiked along Wishbone trail to reach Vimy peak. Nice, easy trial to start and then a decent vertical ascent to the top. Patches of snow near the top still. We came upon 4 deer. 3 in the meadows, 1 in the brush. Crossing Sofa Creek was pretty cold, but refreshing. Loved this hike!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

I did the hike last year and it was a really cool hike. The first half is decently easy up and down hills. The 2nd half is a pretty good vertical hike with some tough terrain. The views the whole hike long are really great and the end is worth it.

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