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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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Edmonton, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
99 helpful votes 99 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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Calgary, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This hike offers a little bit of everything. You start off with a board ride to the trail head. A beautiful (although for some a bit long) hike though a mixture of trees and open trail with fantastic views of mountains and waterfalls. There is a natural tunnel about 9/10ths of the way to the lake. For those that are... More

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Towson, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I really enjoyed this trail for the added excitement of a 60 foot hollowed out narrow tunnel to maneuver through, and for the relatively safe exposure on the other side of the tunnel, equipped with stanchions and attached chains to aid people with fear of heights. But the hike is completely do-able for anyone capable of hiking 10 miles in... More

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Crypt lake is a strenous hike (12 miles rt) throught breathtaking beautiful countryside. Come prepared with plenty of water (a gallon per person), snacks/lunch etc. and bear spray (we saw none, but we tried to make enought noise en route to scare any away). The only way in and out (unless you swim across the lake) is via boat ($21.00... More

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