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“Beautiful, exciting hike!”
Review of Crypt Lake Trail

Crypt Lake Trail
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Reviewed September 10, 2017

This was a crazy hike along cliff edges, up the ladder, through the tunnel and then the part where you hang on to the cable! My husband and I are in relatively good shape even though we are 60 and we made it! Had a little trouble with the altitude since we live at sea level but after 4 hours we reached the lake and it was beautiful! Had a great picnic and started down, just made it for the 4 o'clock boat (if you miss that one you can take the later boat). We went in the end of Aug and it wasn't that crowded, however I can see how some parts would take a while as people need to climb over rocks, through the tunnel and hang onto the cable. All went well for us though since generally everyone we met was pleasant and accommodating to us slower folks. The view of the waterfalls, mountains and valley were beautiful as we were trekking along. Definitely recommend if you are not afraid of heights.

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Reviewed September 10, 2017

A great hike in Waterton. Yes you have to climb a 20 foot steel ladder, walk through a 5 foot height natural tunnel, and hang on to some cable for 50 feet but this is nothing compared to some hikes I've done in in Washington State, Oregon, or Colorado. If you are worried about the time element, don't be. We took the 8:30 AM boat, got up to the lake in 3 hours (in the rain!), had plenty of time to walk around the lake, shoot lots of photos, then got back to the dock at 4:45 PM. If we didn't stop to pick huckleberries or have a snack on the way down, we could have easily made the 4:30 boat. Just do it! You won't regret the memories.

1  Thank beem4johns
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

It is a very good hike, not for everybody. If you are afraid of heights, It might be difficult but at least before this part, there is nice views. Apart from that, it is a very doable hike since the trail is going up slowly.
The lake is lovely, the place is beautiful. It is a bit expensive to take the boat to get there, you have no choice. We almost missed the last boat because we did the alternate loop to see the canyon. So be careful, it is a nice detour but better leave the lake early. The way back is almost 3 h too.

1  Thank lochbee
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Reviewed August 30, 2017

Did the hike in late August.

The hike by itself is a decent workout . The first part of the hike goes thru a forest and is shaded. The first set of climb is easy and then it levels out. Some where around the second waterfall, the hike starts climbing and it is completely exposed . Then comes, the ledge , the tunnel and the chains. Truth be told, reading the reviews, I was extremely scared, but once I got to the ledge I realised there was enough space to walk comfortably on both sides! The tunnel is of course fun! The lake is just a small walk away after this .

The lake is a very very pretty lake and it is easy to loose track of time while at the lake. So it is very important to time yourself at the lake.

We saw three bears during the hike - two near the tunnel and far away and one on the trail. While they didn't trouble us, it is always good and recommended to carry bear spray if the need be. We rented ours from Pats with a deposit of 15$- Unless opened can be returned and deposit is returned back .

We also took the Hell Roaring Canyon on the way back - will not really recommend unless you have a lot of time. The trail is steeper in sections and the very very hot day did not make it easier.

Also carry layers and lots of water, it started off very cold in the morning and then the day got blazingly hot!

All in all a good hike .

3  Thank kelvi
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Reviewed August 29, 2017

We did this hike in early August with our three kids, ages 10, 11 and 13. The kids all loved it, and had no difficulty whatsoever (much better cardio than the adults!).

I am quite afraid of heights, but this did not affect my ability to do the hike or my enjoyment -- there are a lot of steep ridges to walk on, but the paths were generally wide. I was not concerned about the safety of the kids at any point (although with younger kids that would likely be different).

We took the earliest ferry across (8:30). We bought our ferry tickets the night before as we knew they would sell out (about $100 for the 5 of us). The hike took the full day, taking our time and not rushing at all. We walked around Crypt Lake at the top, but did not do the extra side trip to the canyon. We booked our return ferry trip for 5pm, but caught an earlier ferry about 4:15pm.

Our favourite hike of our family trip to the Rockies. Highly recommend!

2  Thank Abby0112
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