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Crypt Lake Trail

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Mill Valley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We beat the Russians to the top but this hike is not for amateurs. It's beautiful but mildly dangerous. Think cable ropes and a crawl through a 100 foot tunnel.

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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

You can't really ask for more; breath taking water falls, awesome lake, amazing scenery! We missed the 9 AM ferry, but that gave us time to buy walking sticks from a nearby outdoor shop. We were really happy that we bought them. This trail can be quite strenuous, especially if you have a heavy back-pack. We'll do the hike again... More

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Corona, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Awesome Hike! Three kids (14, 13 and 11) did it with no problem, they are avid hikers. We took the early boat like other reviews suggested and that gave us the extra time to enjoy the lake. Great waterfalls and hiked across some small snowfields. We made sure we had the 11 y/o in front of an adult for the... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The ferry ($21 roundtrip) drops you off and off you go. Depending on the size of your group, you'll quickly get annoyed with the single-file jammed up pace, so turn right at the first fork in the trail to go to Hell Roaring Falls and escape that. It's a 1km sidetrip that will link you back up to the group,... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I have hiked this trail 3 times over the last 10 years. It's not for the faint of heart, or the unfit, or anyone under 12. The hike is up and down hill both ways, and there's the tunnel, ledge, and ladder that have been mentioned. That said, its THE hike to do in the park. Take the early boat... More

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Calgary, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I am an average hiker... Like the going up, do not enjoy the coming down when it is steep... My boyfriend took me to Crypt Lake and I did it... Need to say that it was challenging... walking along the cliff holding a cable... I was scared but so happy I did it... It is a great hike.... Scenery is... More

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Brandon, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We hiked Crypt Lake in early July. The boat ride over was fine, although I'd suggest taking the later boat. We took the 9:00 trip, which was nearly full. As a result, the first 5 km were basically a group hike, with a long train of people climbing in a row. Not exactly what I had in mind, but as... More

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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This is a great hike, if it is a clear day have a hat because you are in the SUN all the way up. Crypt Lake is worth the effort to see and the falls are exciting.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This hike was one of the highlights of our trip! It's an all-day affair, but getting to spend time near a neon-blue glacial lake was beyond amazing. A few tips: Bring plenty of food and water. You will be hiking for 5+ hours. Bring an easily-packable rain jacket, as getting wet up there at high elevation would be uncomfortable at... More

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clearwater, florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Loved this hike. Not difficult, just a long, steady climb uphill. The scenery changes along the way. The addition of the narrow, open trail along the mountainside leading up to the tunnel was exciting, and the tunnel was totally fun. Loved the section beyond the tunnel that incorporated cable hand holds to help navigate that steep, exposed section. Exciting! We... More

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