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Crypt Lake Trail

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Address: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife

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Awesome hike but recommend a decent level of fitness

A couple of us just did this hike in mid-June. It was perfect timing and we had great weather. The trail was beautiful and has some amazing views! If you want to attempt this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
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Lethbridge, Canada
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Lethbridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A couple of us just did this hike in mid-June. It was perfect timing and we had great weather. The trail was beautiful and has some amazing views! If you want to attempt this hike I would recommend you have a decent level of fitness. You gradually climb 700m over a series of switchbacks, which makes it very doable. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We loved the diversity of the hiking terrain. Not for the faint of heart. Strenuous & steep in some portions. Best done in boots, bring plenty of water & snacks. The ferry will drop you off & pick you up. If you're in fairly good shape, take the earliest ferry & plan for a 2pm pickup - plenty of time... More 

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NC
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This trail was difficult. Around 11 miles round trip. It is pretty much up hill all the way. There is a ladder, a small tunnel and a cable attached to the side of the mountain. This was almost a half mile or so from the waterfall and Crypt Lake. It was worth the hike. Absolutely breathtaking view. We saw a... More 

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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The hike is interesting as it encompasses a variety of terrains. You will have to first take the ship to the starting point of the trail, then, hike a good amount of flat and steep trail, a kind of dangerous hillside rocky trail, a tunnel, and then finally arriving at the lake. I will rate the trail as a medium... More 

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Regina, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Be well rested for this one as you climb 2100' to the top. Reasonably easy terrain and really varied. Bring your lunch to eat at the top at the Glacial Lake. Need to buy baot ticket to get there, something like $12?

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Canmore, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is one of the best hikes I found around Waterton. It's around 17 km roundtrip starting on the east side of Waterton Lake. You will need to get a water taxi or canoe ride over from town or it's a long trek in from the beginning of the park to the start of this hike. The trail climbs consistently... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We got on the ferry in Waterton Village right after breakfast and motored 15 minutes to a point on the far shore of the lake to begin our hike. It is uphill all the way for over two hours. There's woods in the beginning but then you ascend into open meadows where stunted trees and small shrubs struggle to survive.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I've hiked throughout Canada from East to West and Crypt Lake Trail has to be the one of the best day hikes hands down! The ferry is pricey (about 20$), however the beautiful scenery sure surpasses the cost. It took about 3 hours each way, plus time spent at the top, so it's recommended in the summer to arrive at... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I'm not an avid hiker and not in the greatest of shape but I try to get out two or three times a year on various trails with moderate to sometimes difficult ratings. This one being categorized as difficult was definitely one of the more challenging hikes I have ever taken. This is a great hike for anyone looking for... More 

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Indian springs, al
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is a long strenuous hike with a big payoff if you can overcome the fear of the obstacles at the end. My husband just couldn't go on but got far enough so that he waited while I got to where I could see the lake. He says it was worth the hike even though he didn't make it to... More 

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Address: Address: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Waterton Lakes National Park

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