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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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Very Challenging Trail

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Lisa B
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NC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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32 helpful votes 32 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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11 helpful votes 11 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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Harvard, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Excellent, but hikes in Glacier are far superior. Ferry cost is a bit high for a 10-minute ride. Buy tickets in advance at peak times to avoid disappointment.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This hike has it all - you jump on a boat to get to Crypt Lake Landing and as you commence the ascent through the foothills the vegetation is dense and lush (we did it on the Labour Day weekend in September). There are several waterfalls on the way - we had the recommendation to do the deviation to the... More 

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