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Hiking in Waterton

Waterton Lakes National Park boasts 255 km (191 miles) of hiking trails that range from short walks to steep treks of several days duration. Some trails in Waterton lead to Glacier and into British Columbia's Akamina-Kishenina Provincial Park.

Some Must- Do Hikes in Waterton Include:

Bears Hump
Bears Hump is the most popular hike in Waterton. Short, 2.8 km round trip (1.7 mi) but moderately difficult. This trail starts at the Visitors Centre and consists of switchbacks with a fast elevation gain, trail steps and two convenient benches to rest on the way up. But the effort is well worth it, as you get a gorgeous view down Waterton Lakes toward Montana. The most popular photos of Waterton are taken from Bears Hump.

Don’t let the moderate difficulty prevent you from tackling this hike; every summer park visitors of all ages tackle it, including young children.

Red Rock Canyon
Not really a hike, Red Rock Canyon is a must –see when in Waterton. It is a 14km drive from the parks main road and offers parking. The red of the rock along with the clear mountain stream are one of Waterton’s most stunning attractions. 

You can put on reef shoes and walk through the stream up the canyon or walk around the paved loop. The loop is an easy .7 km (.4 miles) and circles the canyon.

Crypt Lake (Part of the Triple Crown of Waterton)
Distance: 17.2 km / 10.7 mi (return)
Time: 6 - 8 hours (plan a full day)
Elevation Gain: 700m / 2297'

One of Canada’s top-rated hikes, Crypt is an unforgettable hiking experience. A boat taxi takes you across Waterton Lake to the trail head where you begin a gradual climb of over 2300 feet. You will pass a 600 foot waterfall, climb through a natural tunnel and traverse a cliff holding onto a cable. As you reach your destination, you'll be rewarded by the turquoise waters of sparkling Crypt Lake.

Be sure to allow yourself enough time to make it back to the trailhead in time for the last boat taxi!

The Triple Crown of Waterton & Fantastic Four of Waterton-Glacier: the International Peace Park Challenge

The Triple Crown of Waterton is a hiking challenge sponsored by Waterton Park Inns & Resorts. They challenge you to hike Waterton’s three most epic day hikes in one summer; Crypt Lake, Akamina Ridge and the Alderson-Carthew Summit in one summer.


Crypt Lake
Distance: 17.2 km / 10.7 mi (return)
Time: 6 - 8 hours (plan a full day)
Elevation Gain: 700m / 2297'

Alderson- Carthew
Distance: 18.0 km / 11.1 mi
(One-way, transportation needed to or from trailhead)
Time: 6 - 8 hours                                   
Elevation Gain: 650m / 2132'

Akamina Ridge
Distance: 20 km (roundtrip)
Time: 9-10 hours (plan a full day)
Elevation Gain: 1300m (4,270 ft).

Sign up at Pearls Café in Waterton Village. Finishers receive a coveted spot for their name on the Glory Board in Pearls and on the website. Triple Crown t-shirts are also available for purchase for those who are proud finalists!

New: Experience the Fantastic Four of Waterton-Glacier. Take two of Waterton's favourite hikes, Crypt Lake & Alderson-Carthew, then add in two of Glacier's most scenic hikes. the Garden Wall and Siyeh Pass, for an international trek through the world's first Peace Park. Those who successfully complete the challenge will see their name on Pearls Glory Board, along with the web mention. Really cool t-shirts, featuring the retro Fantastic Four logo are also available for purchase to those who want to brag about their accomplishment!

Garden Wall
Distance: 12 km (round trip)
Time: 4-5 hours
Elevation Gain: 830 ft

Siyeh Pass
Distance: 16.5 km (round trip)
Time: 5-6 hours
Elevation Gain: 2,240 ft

Other Waterton Hikes


Trail Name Trailhead Distance (Return) Time (Return) Elevation Gain
Avion Lakes Red Rock Parkway 22.6 km (14 mi) 7-9 hours 600m (1969')
Belly River Belly River Campground 5.8 km (3.6 mi) 2 hours minimal
Bertha Lake Townsite 11.4 km (7.1 mi) 4.5 hours 500m (1640')
Blakiston Falls Red Rock Canyon 2 km (1.2 mi) 45 minutes minimal
Blakiston Valley Red Rock Canyon 20.2 km (14.2 m i) 7-9 hours 300m (984')
Cameron Lakeshore Cameron Lake 3.2 km (2 mi) 1 hour minimal
Carthew- Alderson
* Requires 1 way transportation to or back from trailhead
Cameron lake or Cameron Falls 18km one way (11.1 mi) 6-8 hours 650m (2132')
Crandell Lake Crandell Campground 4.0 km (2.4 mi) 1.5 hours 150 m (492')
Crandell Loop Access from Akamina & Red Rock Parkways 20.6 km 6-7 hours 200m (656')
Forum Lake, BC Akamina Parkway 8 km 3 hours 300m (984')
Goat Lake Red Rock Canyon 12.6 km (7.8 mi) 5 hours 400m (1312')
Horseshoe Basin Bison Paddock 21.3 km (13 mi) 6-8 hours 350m (1148')
Lakeshore Trail Waterton Townsite-campground, return by boat 13 km (one way) (8 mi) 3-4 hours 125m (41-')
Lineham Falls Akamina Parkway 8.4 km (5.2 mi) 3.5 hours 250m (820')
Linnet Lake
*Barrier Free access
Dock area across from the Warden Office 1 km loop (0.6 mi) 20 m,inutes minimal
Lower Bertha Falls Townsite 5.6 km (3.4 mi) 1.5 hours 150m (492')
Lower Rowe Lake Akamina Parkway 8 km (5.2 mi) 3 hours 250m (820')
Rowe Meadow Akamina Parkway 10.4 km (6.5 mi) 4 hours 350m (1148')
Summit Lake Cameron lake 8 km (4.9 mi) 3 hours 305m (1000')
Snowshoe Red Rock Canyon 16.4 km (10.2 mi) 5 hours 150m (492')
Tamarack Trail
* requires one way transportation to or back to trailhead
Akamina Parkway 31.6 km (19.6 mi) 2 days 600m (1969')
Townsite Townsite Loop 3.2 km (2 mi) 1 hour minimal
Twin Lakes Red Rock Canyon 22.8km (14.2 mi) 7-9 hours 300m
Upper Rowe Lake Akamina Parkway 12.6 km (7.8 mi) 5 hours 500m (1640')
Wall Lake, BC Akamina Parkway 11.2 km (7 mi) 4 hours 165m (541')
Wishbone Chief Mountain Highway 21 km (13 mi) 6-8 hours 50m (164')