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Bucket-list-worthy hike for fit travellers

We're a reasonably fit couple in our mid-50s, with plenty of hiking experience. We found this trail... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Edmonton, Canada
Hiked Crypt with 9 and 11 yr old

We did this hike with our 9 and 11 yr old. This was our first real hike as a family. Kids each... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Simarjit B
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Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

1  Thank Simarjit B
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

To be honest, we thought Grinnell glacier in Glacier national park was much more fun/pretty hike. This hike is fun because of the three obstacles at the end, but there are prettier hikes out there. Also, it’s not as hard as people say it is....More

1  Thank Kyle W
Reviewed August 12, 2018

bring lots of extra water. it's longer than you think, but worth the view! the boat ride over is fun too!! paths are well worn and easy to follow. easier later in the summer.

Thank anengineeredtraveler
Reviewed August 9, 2018

Crypt Lake trail is a demanding hike, but well worth the energy put forth. You gain 695 meters or 2300 feet as you climb up UP UP. Every time I have been on this trail I have seen bear - so carry bear spray. We...More

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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