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Address: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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This is a great hike but plan an early start to make sure you're back to catch the boat back to Waterton. If heights bother you you may want to skip this one, but it's perfectly... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Kalispell, Montana
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Lethbridge, Canada
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

To get here, you have to take a short ferry across Upper Waterton Lake to the trailhead, and allow plenty of time to get back to the departing ferry. The hike goes up a valley to Crypt Lake and has some switchbacks. The 'crux' of this hike is going through a hole in a mountainside. There is quite a bit... More 

1 Thank JJawandering
Kalispell, Montana
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112 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This is a great hike but plan an early start to make sure you're back to catch the boat back to Waterton. If heights bother you you may want to skip this one, but it's perfectly safe. There is a great cave scramble that opens on to a stunning ledge with a cable hand rail. It also has a short... More 

Thank brucewhite2015
Winnipeg, Canada
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39 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is truly a stunning hike. Only accessible by water it weeds out the crowds. We travelled in the shoulder season (june). At this time there was a water shuttle available only twice a day to the trailhead. You take the shuttle for about $20 round trip per person. This allows you 8 hours to tackle the trail (not too... More 

1 Thank Agnes G
Maple Creek, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

We did this hike in September 2016 ... The overal hike was not hard for the kids but I wouldn't recommend the climb to the lake..many people I talked to said they took their kids on that hike.. That must have been years ago...there is a very narrow ledge leading to the cave that is not often wide enough for... More 

5 Thank aprilbauer25
Edmonton, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 November 2016

This was my first hike and it did not disappoint! It was a long warm day, but it was not too strenuous over all. We had a large group in the boat on the way over, but were generally alone on the trail. We did see other people, but we were not moving as one big group.The trail is easy... More 

1 Thank Sarah H
Nanaimo, Canada
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30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

First saw this on the internet and just knew it was a bucket list hike. A boat takes you to the trail head where you start the 18km return hike. The trail was in awesome condition and the hike was nothing short of spectacular. I was just in awe of the scenery and there were a few challenges as well,... More 

1 Thank John C
Calgary, Canada
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Not too difficult, but a great variety of terrain and experiences. Catch the early boar across, and take lunch with you. The ladder, tunnel, waterfall, and lake as well as forest, scree slope and cliff exposure are a unique combination for a great day hike experience.

1 Thank Carol Ann M
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

It was certainly a decent hike but not worth the work for the lake. If you're pressed for time and can only do one or two hikes, choose Carthew-Alderson or Akamina. Bears Hump too is worth the effort.

1 Thank judenanne
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I've hiked a LOT. And this was my favorite hike of all time. Don't be swayed by the distance, elevation gain, ladder, tunnel, or narrow ledge and cable. It's all doable and very very worth it. My husband has an inordinate fear of heights, and he was fine. Definitely hike all the way around the lake once you get there.

Thank Krissy B
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

September 14, 2016 My brother and I caught the 10:00 a.m. boat ride to the Crypt Lake Trail. It was a beautiful day, sunny and calm, about 55 degrees. The Fall colors were Spectacular! You can definitely hear the waterfalls echoing thru the canyons long before you arrive at them. The hike was strenuous uphill for the last mile or... More 

Thank Bob S

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