Glacier - Waterton National Park

Hiking - Waterton Lakes National Park Trails
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The Cathew Trail
Travels from Cameron Lake to Waterton townsite over Carthew summit, a delicate alpine stretch. Good choice if you want to see the Waterton high country.
Trailhead: Day use facility at Cameron Lake
Distance: 11.8 miles
Level: Moderate strenuous
Altitude change: Climb 1440 feet; lose 3150

Bertha Lake
Through a rapidly changing forest, with interpretative displays along the way, to a far-seeing overlook. Then past a series of waterfalls to Bertha Lake.
Trailhead: Southwest corner of Waterton townsite
Distance: 3.4 miles
Level: Moderately strenuous
Altitude change: Climb 1480 feet; lose 170

Crypt Lake
Steepish, adventuous trail to high Crypt Lake. Not for the fainthearted.
Trailhead: Crypt Landing
Distance: 5.3 miles
Level: Moderately strenuous
Altitude change: Climb 2100 feet; lose 630 feet

Vimy Peak
From Waterton Lake to the top of Vimy Peak. Scenic.
Trailhead: Crypt Landing
Distance: 8.3 miles
Level: Strenuous
Altitude change: Climb 4,050 feet; lose 410 feet

Lineham Falls
A spin up Lineham Creek to a 410 foot waterfall
Trailhead: Marked pullout off of Cameron Lake Road
Distance: 2.6 miles
Level: Moderate
Altitude change: Climb 1290 feet; lose 130

Rowe Lakes
A rambling trail offering lots of diversion. Interesting meadow and lake environments, as well as superb views.
Trailhead: East bank of Rowe Creek on the Cameron Lake Road
Distance: 3.9 miles
Level: Moderately strenuous
Altitude change: Climbs 2040 feet; loses 230

The Tamarack Trail
Offers a chance to see the most remote areas of Waterton Lake Park. Beautiful forests and alpine areas.
Trailhead: End of Rowe Lakes Trail
Distance: 12.6 miles
Level: Strenuous
Altitude change: Climb 3810 feet; lose 3920 feet

Blakiston Valley
Offers chance to connect with the Tamarack Trail and Kootenai Pass
Trailhead: Redrock Canyon parking lot
Distance: 7.3 miles
Level: Moderate
Altitude change: Climb 2170 feet; lose 120 feet.

The Snowshoe Trail-Twin Lakes
Travels from Red Rock Canyon to high alpine lake. Interesting range of environments: grasslands, mixed forest, Douglas fir forests.
Trailhead: Red Rock Canyon parking lot
Distance: 7.1 miles
Level: Moderately strenuous
Altitude change: Climb 1640 feet; lose 70 feet

Lost Lake-Avion Ridge
An unmaintained trail that leads to Goat Lake; remote, far out views, interesting environment including a larch forest.
Trailhead: Snowshoe campground, at junction with Snowshoe Trail
Distance: 5 miles
Level: Moderately strenuous
Altitude change: Climb 2400 feet; lose 1520 feet.

Goat Lake
A pretty, popular trail to Goat Lake
Trailhead: Begins at Snowshoe Trail
Distance: 6.9 miles
Level: Moderately strenuous
Altitude change: Climbs 1750 feet; loses 70 feet

The Oil Basin Loop
Follows a series of grassy valleys along the edge of the open prairie. For grassland lovers.
Trailhead: Beings as gravel road along northern edge of bison paddock
Distance: 12.8 miles
Level: Moderately strenuous
Altitude change: Climb 2240 feet; lose 2240 feet


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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