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A great but challenging hike. It is not an easy one but the view on the Crypt Lake at the end of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tamaragw
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The Netherlands
A beautiful and challenging hike

My 15-year old son and I are fairly avid hikers; we hiked to Crypt lake in late August of 2018. We... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
Mario H
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Fulton, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great but challenging hike. It is not an easy one but the view on the Crypt Lake at the end of the hike is very much rewarding for the efforts you have done. Great views along the way too. On your way back take...More

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Reviewed October 7, 2018

My 15-year old son and I are fairly avid hikers; we hiked to Crypt lake in late August of 2018. We took the 8:30 am boat over, arriving at the trail head by 8:45. It took us two and a half hours to hike to...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2018

So up front - this is a great hike, with some parts that are challenging. These do not occur until the last kilometer, so if you do not like steep sections, wire walks etc, you can still hike with your friends up to the campground...More

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Reviewed September 24, 2018

We're a reasonably fit couple in our mid-50s, with plenty of hiking experience. We found this trail a bit of a test (still sore three days later), but well worth the effort. It's a lovely trail punctuated by lovely waterfalls, with particularly stunning views on...More

2  Thank TallDad
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

We did this hike with our 9 and 11 yr old. This was our first real hike as a family. Kids each had a 1 litre water bladder for their back packs and my husband and I had 2 litre water bladders. All of us...More

2  Thank Simarjit B
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Great crew took us over on saturday that gave us tips about the hike. This is a challenging trail with great views of the mountains, water falls, waterton lake and crypt lake at the end. Always a nice idea to stop and look around to...More

Thank Brittany H
Reviewed September 1, 2018

I've been hiking for more than 25 years and I would have to say this is one of my all time favorite trails. So may cool features. Riding to the trailhead by ferry, interacting with other hikers, the tunnel and of course the long section...More

2  Thank BMaud1
Reviewed August 20, 2018

This is a great day hike, with some minor challenges going through the tunnel and then using the cable for about 30 meters to go across the rock shelf. I would rate this as a moderate hike. Make sure you catch the 8:15 ferry to...More

1  Thank Mearnsy368
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Loved the scenery but must say it was a bit strenuous for my husband (60) and myself (57). We are notably flat landers and consider ourselves pretty active for the mid west terrain. We were glad we accomplished it but it took us 4 hrs....More

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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Loved this hike. Important to wear proper hiking shoes and I suggest marina wool socks too. We took at 830am ferry, spent two hours at the lake, and did the extra Hell’s falls on the way down (Dont do this on the way up save...More

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Joanna F
October 23, 2018|
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Response from scooze2014 | Reviewed this property |
Yes if you want to walk 12 miles before you start the hike. The hike is strenuous so I would highly recommend the boat shuttle.
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Mundidibachi
July 12, 2018|
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Response from Natalie M | Reviewed this property |
Hi! Google “waterton shoreline cruise company” and search for the crypt lake hike (sorry trip advisor won’t let me add the URL). The meeting point is right at the ferry dock across from Pat’s in Waterton. Friends who are... More
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scooze2014
June 27, 2018|
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Response from dave g | Reviewed this property |
No guided tours. If there is a bear you'll see him with or without a ranger. The ferry is usually crowded with people doing the hike so you could join up with a group. Take a can of bear spray and talk a lot. We didn't see... More
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