Crypt Lake Trail, Waterton Lakes National Park

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At Crypt Lake Trail, embark on one of the nation's great outdoor experiences. Said by many to be Canada’s best hike, the trail offers both a great escape from urban life and memorable views of a range of scenery and vegetation. Take the ferry that transports hikers to the beginning of the trail and choose one of the two routes for your ascent. If you take the longer one, you'll get to see the famous Hellroaring Falls. Cross the mountain streams and marvel at the dramatic Crypt Falls, as they plunge beneath into Crypt Lake. Take a dip in the refreshing waters of the lake, then hike back to catch your ferry. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, and bring lots of water. Put Crypt Lake Trail on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Waterton Lakes National Park vacation route planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This is my first hike in Canada and this hike was amazing. I'm not a person who exercises a lot, (and I weigh 108kg so I'm not a skinny guy). If I was able to do this hike, I believe you all can do it...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    If you are into an adventurous hike, you never know what you are going to see. I strongly suggest caring a can of bear spray. I have not fished Crypt for a few years now but when I did the Golden Trou...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Fantastic trail to hike along and well worth the time and energy to reach the end. This hike is not for the faint of heart as it takes all day and requires a lot of hard work. There are spots that mig...  more »

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Where to stay in Waterton Lakes National Park

You can't stay in the heart of Waterton Lakes National Park, so your best bet is to base yourself in the township of Waterton and head on day trips from there. This can be difficult if you're on a budget, as the majority of accommodations in Waterton are resorts, hotels, and suites catering to a luxury-seeking clientele. If you're prepared to battle it out against nature, you can make your trip more affordable by pitching a tent at a local campsite. Make your reservations well in advance if visiting between May and September.
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