Waterton Trail Information
Planning to escape to the trails of Waterton? These pages will help you find the trail you are looking for.
Waterton Lakeshore Trail
Each Wednesday and Saturday a naturalist takes visitors on the International Peace Park Hike along the Lakeshore Trail. Visitors trek from the townsite to Goat Haunt in Montana. Often hikers will take the boat ride to Goat Haunt and hike back, making the 13 km (8 mi) one-way trip. Additional information is available at the Visitor Centre.
Carthew-Alderson Trail is one of the most popular in Waterton Lakes National Park. The trail winds through the Rockies, showcasing the ecological diversity of the park.
The Carthew Trail begins at Cameron Lake and gives hikers a few choices. Try a moderately difficult day hike to Summit Lake or a longer and tougher full day hike to Carthew Summit, and then back into town passing Carthew and Alderson Lakes along the way. More information is available at the Visitor Centre.
Crypt Lake Trail
Crypt Lake Trail, in Waterton Lakes National Park, is considered one of Canada's top-rated hiking trails. After a boat shuttle across Waterton Lake, hikers set off onto the trail which includes four waterfalls, a natural tunnel and a short cable-assisted ledge portion as well as an assortment of wildlife. The destination of the hike is Crypt Lake, a crystal-clear turquoise-coloured lake at the base of a horse-shoe shaped granite wall.
Snowshoe Cycling Trail
Cyclists have the chance to get a look at some impressive scenery on the Snowshoe Cycling Trail. The abandoned fire road features an uphill grade with some steep sections and follows Bauerman Creek to the Snowshoe Warden Cabin offering views of the surrounding mountains.
Crandell Loop Cycling Trail
The Crandell Loop Trail offers cyclings a few choices depending on how long ride they are looking for. The biggest challenge is the 20 km (12.4 mi) loop around Crandell Mountain. Follow the trail parallel to the Red Rock Canyon Parkway through the Crandell Mountain Campground past Crandell Lake and back to Waterton townsite. Additional information can be obtained at the visitor centre.
Bertha Lake Trail
Beginning at the townsite campground, Bertha Lake Trail follows the lake and then heads uphill to Lower and Upper Bertha Falls. Continuing upward, hikers will eventually end up on a ridge over the valley that contains Bertha Lake. More information can be obtained from the Visitor Centre.
Wishbone Cycling Trail
Wishbone Trail is a former wagon train road that leads cyclists through aspen forest and grassland during the first half and is overgrown toward the end. The wide and flat trail ends at the Wishbone backcountry campsite.