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Address: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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A classic high level summer hike

This 18 km + hike is for experienced hikers only, and requires a shuttle. Check the weather forecast and trail conditions with the parks information centre before going on this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Lethbridge, Canada
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Lethbridge, Canada
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This 18 km + hike is for experienced hikers only, and requires a shuttle. Check the weather forecast and trail conditions with the parks information centre before going on this hike. Wear good hiking boots and clothing for unpredictable weather. Carthew summit gets very windy and is quite exposed.

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Thank JJawandering
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a bit of a hike to do. I believe it was just over 20kms. It is a hike that you need to be dropped off at because it hikes from Cameron Lake to the townsite of Waterton just by Cameron Falls. Not recommended for younger children as it is quite long. Some will also hike it from the... More 

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Saratoga, California
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

This is a beautiful hike with something to enjoy every step of the way. Our group of 9 arrived at the trail head at 11AM and finished around 7PM. However, we were worried about finishing the trail before sunset, and skipped the summit at the ridge. Even then, this is a hike I will remember for a long time. During... More 

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1 Thank JoUET11
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

Everyone is like blah blah Crypt Lake is the most beautiful hike in the park blah blah but OMG how is this trail overlooked. We did this hike on a rainy (sometimes hailing) day and it's beauty shined through with ease. Sometimes narrow at times but our friends who is scared of heights managed with few shudders. I can't imagine... More 

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1 Thank Brea C
Alberta, Canada
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124 reviews
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

One of the very few likes I would do again! You need to be quite fit as the ascent is around 900m from Cameron lake and the total trail length is 19km. But the views are amazing and from Summit lake the trail just keeps giving great view after great view! It was VERY windy on top and rained a... More 

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Fernie, Canada
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Carthew-Alderson is one of the three Waterton Triple Crown hikes. It takes about 6 to 8 hours depending on your speed and the weather conditions. You hike from Cameron Lake, one-way, back into town. The hike is of medium difficulty, but should only be attempted during good weather because the ridge is quite exposed. 1) Begin by boarding a shuttle... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

We loved this hike! We took the first hiker shuttle from town and had an amazing day. The variety of breathtaking sites along the way was outstanding! It was tough, though. Not for the "flip-flop" crowd. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone afraid of heights either. Out of our two weeks hiking in the Glacier/Waterton area, this adventure ranks among... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We started this trail from Cameron Lake - took the shuttle to trailhead which is mandatory (and free) in 2016 due to closure of the Akamina Parkway. Simply outstanding!! The views are breathtaking. 650m climb in the first 8 kms and then 1,100m of downhill in the next 10 or so - that's harder than you might think!! We chose... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Our group of four took seven hours to hike the 12.5 mile Carthew-Alderson trail. It is interesting throughout, but the section from Summit Lake to Alderson Lake is truly breathtaking. This was one of the best days of hiking in my life, due to the unique topography, geology, and Alpine landscapes reminiscent of the Swiss or Italian Alps. This trail... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We started the hike from Cameron Lake, a beautiful spot in itself. I strongly recommend starting as early in the day as possible, as it gets quite hot on the way up. (And the sun wasn't directly overhead when we went). At the top, definitely go the extra bit to the rock viewpoint, you can see down in all directions.... More 

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