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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
Indian springs, al
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I loved the ferry ride up to the starting point of the hike. Was my first long hike in about a year, so it was tough, but enjoyed it quite a bit!

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Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Don't get me wrong. The lake was nice, the boat ride was scenic, and the 50m tunnel/ladder is really neat, but there are way nicer hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park that are free or that require backcountry camping. Also the reward to effort ratio just isn't there. I was disapointed considering how much hype there is and how much... More

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Georgia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Take the early boat in and the late boat back to get the most of your day. The trail is very steep in some locations, particularly near the start and the last 1.5 miles before the 60' tunnel. The drop off the side of the trail before and after the tunnel can be a little disconcerting if you are afraid... More

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Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 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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