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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  • 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 »
  • This trail had long been on my bucket list and finally did it this summer. Absolutely spectacular and glad I did it before the fires.  more »
  • I call this my one and done hike. It was so invigorating, fun, hard and scary! This was our third 10+ mile hike in the same amount of days, so we weren't sure how exhausted we would be, but we even be...  more »

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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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