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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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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
8 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Banff National Park, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

First of all, I want to express my shame on the Waterton information centre. I am gonna be rush but they really deserve it. Our situation was: we heard so many good things about the crypt lake trail, and were very excited to try it. We went to Waterton on the 1st and 2nd of October. We saw there was... More

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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This past August, my wife, another couple and I hiked the Crypt Lake Trail. Unless you want to wade across a narrow portion of Waterton Lake (which I understand is about chest high at its deepest) and add about 6 extra miles to your hike, you start by taking a boat trip across the lake from Waterton to the trailhead.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is not a hike for those who are spontaneous or those who are afraid of heights. You have to take a ferry (about a 15 minute ride) across the lake. The ferry only runs once a day in mid-September (I believe it runs twice a day in summer). This affects your return trip as well. You have to be... More

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Atlanta
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Great hike, mostly perfect day (overcast so not too hot). Only draw back was had to keep moving to make it up and back in time to make the boat shuttle - would have liked a little more time to enjoy the surroundings. Loved the cliffs and tunnel!

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