Hiking in Waterton

Waterton Lakes National Park boasts world class hiking trails with unparalled scenery and the opportunity for many wildlife encounters. There are 255 km (191 miles) of managed trails in Waterton Lakes National Park ranging in difficulty from short jaunts to steep advanced treks that can take days. A variety of the trails can be used for different purposes, hikers, equestrian trails, and bicycling. Many of Waterton's trails also lead to large trail systems in Montana's Glacier National Park and in British Columbia's Akamina-Kishenina Provincial Park.

Guided Hiking & Interpretive Hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park

Let us tailor an outdoor experience to exactly what you are looking for. This can include a focus on wildlife or wildflowers, vistas or history. The day may include meeting some interesting local experts or a canoe ride, a ridgeline walk or even a horseback ride. We love to communicate with our “new hiking partners” a bit ahead and plan the adventure that you are dreaming of and more. We can make your visit to Waterton a rich adventure in learning or outdoor experience.

To learn more about customized hiking experiences in Waterton please contact us at:

Holly and Tim Lauscher
IGA Certified Hiking Guides
Waterton Lakes National Park
403.859.2273
Email: hollyfausett@gmail.com

Hiking Trails of Waterton

Trails Trailhead Distance (One Way) Time (One Way) Elevation Gained Difficulty
Town site Town Loop 3.2km (2 mi) 1 hour Minimal Easy
Emerald Bay loop Town site 2 km (1.2 mi) 45 min Minimal Easy
Linnet Lake Across Gov't. Compound 1 km (.6 mi) 30 min Minimal Easy
Cameron Lakeshore Cameron Lake 1.6 km (1 mi.) 30 min Minimal Easy
Akamina Lake Cameron Lake 0.5 km (0.3 mi.) 15 min Minimal Easy
Red Rock Canyon Red Rock Canyon 0.7 km (0.4 mi.) 20 min Minimal Easy
Blakiston Falls Red Rock Canyon 1 km (0.6 mi.) 30 min Minimal Easy
Lower Bertha Falls Town site 2.8 km (1.8 mi) 45 min 150 m. (429') Moderately Easy
Crandell Lake From Red Rock Parkway 2 km (1.2 mi) 1 hour 100 m. (328') Moderately Easy
Crandell Lake From Akamina Parkway 1.2 km (0.7 mi.) 45 min 100 m. (328') Moderately Easy
Wall Lake, B.C. Akamina Parkway 4.5 km (2.7 mi.) 2 hours 165 m. (512') Moderately Easy
Bear's Hump Visitors Center 1.4 km (0.9 mi.) 40 min 200 m. (656') Moderately Difficult
Goat Lake Red Rock Canyon 6.3 km (3.5 mi.) 2 hours 400 m. (1312') Moderately Difficult
Crypt Lake Crypt Landing 8.6 km (5.4) 3-4 hours 700 m. (2296") Moderately Difficult
Carthew-Alderson From Cameron Lake 19 km (12 mi.) 6-8 hour 600 m. (1968') Moderately Difficult
Wishbone (to Lower Lake) Chief Mountain Highway 10.5 km (6.2 mi.) 2-3 hours Minimal Moderately Difficult

Park Map

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