Bear's Hump

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Tin QC
Calgary, Canada315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Went with hubby and our niece over Labour Day weekend. We climbed late afternoon on a pretty chilly day. I’m not an expert hiker and I’ve only started hiking this year so every step for me was accompanied by huffing-and-puffing. I stayed about a few metres down and just enjoyed the unobstructed view of Prince of Wales Hotel while hubby and niece went all the way to the top.
Written September 8, 2020
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
It is fairly rated as a medium walk, taking the better part of a half hour over a generally fairly steep climb. There are several strategically situated benches to rest tired knees. You can get several good angles at the Prince of Wales Hotel. On top, it can be a bit windy. Some of the depicted views depend how close to the edges you want to be There is something tranquil about looking at the grande dame hotel and the water beyond. A squirrel was darting around, sometimes still enough for a photograph. With time on top you will spend an hour, or slightly more, here.
Written June 3, 2023
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Johnny H.
Manassas, VA342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I had a really good time on this trail, even if it was a little rough on the uphill. I was definitely not used to the elevation of the area, had to stop and catch my breath MORE than a few times on the switchbacks to the top. But reaching the summit was definitely worth the trip. The views of the lakes and the grand lodge were amazing.
It is very windy at the top though, so secure your hat or you will lose it!
Written July 18, 2022
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Mark K
Edmonton, Canada350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This has very steep elevation (213m) over 1.2 km up, BUT... the views are incredible. Easily the best views of Waterton Lakes hands down. We spent lots of time taking video and photos at the top here. So beautiful!
Written July 26, 2021
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Kendra
Grande Prairie, Canada137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
This hike is rated as moderate... I found it difficult as there is a steady elevation gain, but there was a couple that passed us as they were RUNNING to the top! We went around noon and it was a packed parking lot and a busy trail. Once at the top, all the laboured breathing was worth it! Bring water and wear shoes with good tread!
Written August 12, 2020
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Altius10
Calgary, Canada1,109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We wanted a short hike this morning so Bear’s Hump was perfect. We walked from Waterton town up to the trailhead. The hike up the actual trail was less than 30 minutes - about 20 minutes back down. Definitely give yourself some time to enjoy the view at the top. Beautiful!
The trail is great. Well maintained - with stairs and plenty of benches if you need a break. Highly recommend.
Written September 16, 2020
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Travelsgirl93
Texas147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
This is a steep hike that was hard for me. My treadmill only goes to 10% incline so my training was woefully inadequate when combined with the elevation (I live at sea level). Take your time and you’ll get there to experience gorgeous views. As a bonus, there were 7 female big horn sheep just off the trail.

If you have hiking poles, bring them.I found them to be very helpful for the descent.

There are some steps along the trail that are quite tall. I imagine that would add an extra challenge for people with short legs.

Written September 15, 2023
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BigFatMeanie
Rochester, MN8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
Bear's Hump is a short (a bit under one mile to the top) but strenuous hike to a beautiful overlook of Waterton Lake and the Waterton townsite. You will gain about 700 feet getting from the visitors parking lot to the top. it can be quite a challenge for younger children to climb, but if you bring water/snacks and take your time, even young children can make it. There are several crude benches along the trail that you can use to rest I've had children as young as about 5 make it the whole way with no complaining. My mother made it to the top when she was about 80 years old.

When you reach the top, gorgeous views and great photo opportunities can be had in almost every direction. It is also a great way to orient yourself to the area. I have family roots in southern Alberta, so I've been to Waterton many times, and we always do the Bear's Hump hike on one of the first days we arrive.

A couple of notes - first, after enjoying the views of the townsite and lake for a while, turn around and look at the slopes of Mt Crandell to the north. If you have binoculars or a good zoom lens, you can often see animals - bighorn sheep most commonly - on the slopes.

Secondly, the top of Bear's Hump is a great place to take photos of you "hanging on for dear life". That is, it is easy to find safe spots where a photo can be taken where it looks like you are hanging on the side of the cliff with nothing between you and the townsite/lake below, but in reality, you are standing on a safe ledge.
Written December 2, 2014
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Nicole_yx15
Girona, Spain19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
Stunning view, I have been up there over 30times at different times of the day over the summer in 2013, and it never fails you. Takes about 30-45mins to get up there. Prepare yourself with a sweater for a colder day, as it can get really windy up there.
Written March 8, 2015
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Nan S
Townsville220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Couples
Bear's Hump trail begins behind the Visitors Centre near Waterton Village in Canada. The hump is the shoulder of Mt Crandell and has an elevation gain of 215metres. The trail climbs steeply .75 miles to the top. You walk up over gravel pathways, uneven rocky trails, lots of steps and switchbacks so take your time and have an occasional rest and glimpse of the views of the countryside below. It takes a good 45 minutes to reach the top as you are climbing at a high altitude and you can become breathless at times. You will need plenty of water and sturdy walking shoes. It is all worthwhile when you reach the rocky outcrop at the top and look down to see the jaw dropping landscape below. It was so beautiful to see the massive mountains fringing the string of alpine lakes and the township of Waterton below. I suggest you take bear spray as there was a warning sign and I saw evidence of scarring of tree bark indicating that there had been bears in the area. Enjoy this fabulous hike.
Written January 1, 2014
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