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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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English first
Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We were the silver and bronze medalists on August 27, 2014! Yes, we were second and third to arrive at the lake. I would recommend that you are on the first boat, that you pack a lunch and lots of water (or a water filtration system for the stream water). Wear good hiking shoes and take your camera. We only... More

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Pensacola
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Our family of 4 teenaged boys and 2 parents did this hike in August. I felt in general that it was a little overrated, and parts of the trail could be dangerous. The boat ride over was pleasant and the boat captain was charming, but again, this was quite an expensive 15 minute ride for a family of 6. In... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This trail had a lot of fanfare, and being English and cynical, it was difficult not to be a little wary of the hype and hoopla surrounding it. We were even given a little pep talk on the boat trip over. But it merits the hype - if you enjoy hiking, this trail is a must-do. We didn't need to... More

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Calgary, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

There are tons of bears around this area. But that kind of applies to the entire Waterton area in general but in particular, this trail near the middle base area has a lot of foliage you have to battle through which causes two issues: 1. It reduces your visibility through the woods and 2. A lot of this foliage is... More

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This walk is over-hyped (probably by the boat people who want to take you there.) It's good, but there's alot like this in Waterton, which is amazing. The tunnel and ladder feature 'sells' it, but you just want to get through them quickly to lose the crowds waiting It feels like a'package tour' walk, and the antithesis of what you... More

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The trip across the lake to the start point is good, with the staff from the cruise company providing useful information about the route etc. The hike is relatively easy but was quite busy with only 2 shuttle boats most people take the first one to leave plenty of time to complete it. There is a loop route via 'Hell... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We did several hiking trails in our trip to the Canadian Rockies and this was definitely the one we enjoyed the most. The breathtaking views and the variety of terrain make it quite pleasant and memorable. At 18km round-trip and close to 900m climb, it's a fairly demanding hike but not a problem at all if you're in reasonable shape.... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Unless you are fairly well conditioned and are pressed for time, take the early boat and spend the entire day to give yourselves plenty of time to enjoy the amazing waterfalls and awesome vistas! Be sure to take plenty of water as the weather can be quite warm. I'd say the hike is 'moderate to difficult', but if you are... More

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Mill Valley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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