The Front Range of Waterton

The Front Range Six is a hiking challenge for those truly seeking adventure. Comprised of Waterton’s first six mountain peaks, this challenge can be started in spring as these mountains tend to lose their snow first, and these hikes are not listed as offical trails by Park’s Canada. Once you’ve reached all six mountain peaks, (doesn’t have to all be in the same year) get your name on the Glory Boards for all to see, and exclusive t-shirts are available.

The front range peaks are:

  • Sofa Mountain
  • Mount Vimy
  • Mount Richards
  • Bertha Peak / Alderson Peak - Bertha Peak towers over the Waterton townsite but is in fact a false summit on Mount Alderson.
  • Mount Crandell
  • Mount Galwey

Sign up is at Pearls Cafe, where you check in to sign your card before and after each hike (you can also stock up on a healthy bagged lunch for your travels, or grab breakfast and a coffee before you set out). Write about your experiences in the hiking journals and share all your epic stories with other like-minded adventurers.

Image of the Front Range of Waterton

Upon completion of all six peaks you will get your names on the Wall at Pearls Cafe as some of the few and proud that were able to accomplish such a feat. This does not have to be done in a season (like the Triple Crown and the Fantastic Four) but can be done over a lifetime. I did 4 in 2013 before July 1, 2013 because, again, they are the front range so the snow comes off them earlier and I did 2 in 2012. It was an incredible experience to do these six peaks and I hope you will like the information I have provided on them.

The Glacier Mountaineering Society publishes a list that has 32 peaks in Waterton, while discussions with a Parks Canada Ranger yielded the number of 27 peaks. I have decided that Mount Buchanan and Buchanan Ridge should be considered only one peak, the same applies to Vimy Peak and Vimy Ridge but they missed Mount Boswell which is next to Mount Vimy. One may have a question about the number of peaks in Waterton. I know it is a small number of peaks. It’s a small park. In comparison, Glacier National Park has 232 peaks which is nine times bigger. I would assume Banff has an equivalent number as Glacier and Jasper would have at least 150 peaks.