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Crypt Lake Trail

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-859-2362
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A trail that keeps you guessing

Wow! What an amazing trail. I am a moderately good hiker and found this trail very challenging at... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile
Must do but now much busier

I did this hike in the late 80's before National Geographic gave it a very high rating. However, my... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Toronto, Canada
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Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-859-2362
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wow! What an amazing trail. I am a moderately good hiker and found this trail very challenging at times. We hiked the trail in 2 hours and 45 minutes. We were ahead of the rest of our group as well so if you need more...More

1  Thank ashfiske
Reviewed 5 days ago

I did this hike in the late 80's before National Geographic gave it a very high rating. However, my husband had never hiked it. The hike starts with a boat across the lake, hiking past falls + + Google the rest or leave it as...More

1  Thank fitmom1010
Reviewed 1 week ago

I did walk the Crypt Lake Hike which is 9 km long and increases 700 meter height from Waterton Lake up to the summit at Crypt lake! Estimated walking time is 3 hours! The hike starts with a boat tour for about 20 minutes on...More

Thank Jan-OlofO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This adventure was packed with views and fun. I highly recommend being fit when going - there were some people unaccustomed to hiking and they struggled a bit. This is definitely worth the money. I would do it again.

Thank Pkrekeler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To put this review in perspective: my husband & I are 60+ yrs old. We are reasonably active, but I had not been to the gym in a few months. That said, it's my own fault that I found the hike outside of my comfort...More

3  Thank 1TahoeQueen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can I say that others haven't, this is one of the best hikes you can do. It is a moderate to hard hike (assuming you don't have a lot of mountain hiking under your belt) but the views are terrific. It gets crowded in...More

Thank 404Traveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful trail! Waterfalls and the lake are wondeful! Not very hard! 2.5 hours to go up. You have to take a boat to reach the trailhead.

1  Thank Josselin D
Reviewed 16 April 2017

To get here, you have to take a short ferry across Upper Waterton Lake to the trailhead, and allow plenty of time to get back to the departing ferry. The hike goes up a valley to Crypt Lake and has some switchbacks. The 'crux' of...More

5  Thank JJawandering
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is a great hike but plan an early start to make sure you're back to catch the boat back to Waterton. If heights bother you you may want to skip this one, but it's perfectly safe. There is a great cave scramble that opens...More

2  Thank brucewhite2015
Reviewed 20 January 2017

This is truly a stunning hike. Only accessible by water it weeds out the crowds. We travelled in the shoulder season (june). At this time there was a water shuttle available only twice a day to the trailhead. You take the shuttle for about $20...More

2  Thank Agnes G
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17 July 2017|
Response from Josselin D | Reviewed this property |
Hi, We went there in June and we purchase 2 tickets only 1h before the departure at 10am. No problem. But maybe as it is a pik season now, I would recommand to buy tickets the day before. Note that in July there is 3... More
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22 June 2017|
Response from ashfiske |
it's busy! the boat does 3 trips daily with roughly 25 to 50 people max to the trail head 830 9 and 10 if you go alone try to stay with a few people, we did see a bear on our hike up! we made lots of friends on the hike, it... More
29 June 2016|
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Response from cornetts14 | Reviewed this property |
We showed up that morning at 8am when they opened and had no problems! Just went last week.