Crypt Lake Trail, Waterton Lakes National Park
(4.7/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Not too difficult, but a great variety of terrain and experiences. Catch the early boar across, and take lunch with you. The ladder, tunnel, waterfall, and lake as well as forest, scree slope and clif...  more »
  • It was certainly a decent hike but not worth the work for the lake. If you're pressed for time and can only do one or two hikes, choose Carthew-Alderson or Akamina. Bears Hump too is worth the effort. 
  • I've hiked a LOT. And this was my favorite hike of all time. Don't be swayed by the distance, elevation gain, ladder, tunnel, or narrow ledge and cable. It's all doable and very very worth it. My husb...  more »