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. Make Crypt Lake Trail a centerpiece of your Waterton Lakes National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Waterton Lakes National Park trip itinerary maker site .
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  • i went on this hiking trail with some friends in summer, this hiking trail does not disappoint its tough and ruff, but its so much fun.  more »
  • Not for the faint of heart, or afraid of heights, but even though I'm both, I'd do it again. I did this for my 60th birthday and the views were incredible.  more »
  • If there is one hike to do, this is the one. The beauty of this scenic hike is unmatched. The variety in this hike is awesome, from a boat ride across the Waterton Lakes to a crawl thru a short tunnel...  more »
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  • This hike is a tough one actually but well worth it, very amazing place.
  • One of the 20 most exciting hikes according to Lonely Planet, this is the hike serious hikers should not miss out on when visiting Waterton Lakes National Park! Getting there requires taking a ferry boat from the village (return ticket $25, leaves early in the morning!). At the site there are little to no facilities, so start prepared with enough water, lunch, sunscreen, insect repellent and a bag to take your garbage out. The hike is about 17 km return journey and gains about 700 m. While walking hikers enjoy some nice waterfalls and beautiful overviews of the valley. We were a little concerned about the final part of the trail which contains narrow ledges and steep cliffs. All in all there was no reason to be worried: this part of the hike can be a little scary, but if you watch your step we found this part certainly doable, and we are not very experienced hikers. This part of the trail only comes at the very end, is rather short (less than 300m I think), the slope is less frightening in reality compared to pictures going around on the internet and the ledges are between 20 and 50 cm (and mostly 50 cm): at narrow parts there is a steel cord attached to the mountain to aid hikers along the way. If you are in reasonable shape this is an exciting and rewarding hike! Tip: take the first boat to make sure you have enough time to complete the hike in order to catch the boat back and to enjoy some extra cool shadow the first 200 m climb. Should there be any snow on the 'scary' part at the narrow ledges, I don't know if I would hike there, inform yourself before you leave.
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