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Carthew - Alderson Trail

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Regina, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Great hike however I can not recommend the bus from the Tamarack store to the trail head. Drive yourself to the trail head and hike to the ridge and Carthew Lakes then hike back the same way you came in. The 6.5km from Alderson Lake down to town are VERY boring, long and tedious on a narrow trail with bad... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is very famous hike. There are three options here: Summit Lake, Carthew Summit, and a hike all the way over the Summit back to town. Summit Lake is an excellent family hike, as it is a gentle incline, comprised of a series of switchbacks, The lake is beautiful too. We saw a moose up here once. You can see... More

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Calgary, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I am an average hiker and had no issue doing this trail. It is a long one but worth it. You have to take a bus to get to the trailhead and walk back to town, about 20 km. There was some trail finding because of the snow that was left (early July) but nothing major. Remember you are in... More

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Helena, Montana
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69 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I've done this trail twice, once on foot (backpacking overnight) and once on horseback (day trip). Either way, it's a world class hiking experience. It's best to begin at Cameron Lake and hike back to Waterton townsite. Be prepared: it involves a good climb over a pass involving significant elevation gain (and, early in the season, snow). This is only... More

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Whitecourt, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We have done this hike many times, but this time we wanted a bigger challenge. We wanted to do the Triple Crown (Crypt Lake, Alderson-Carthrew and Akimina), however the road to get to Akimina trailhead was washed out. So instead, From the Townsite of Waterton, we hiked down to Goat Haunt (in the USA, bring your passport), then hiked back... More

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West Allis, Wisconsin
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Unfortunately the Akamina parkway is currently closed due to a wash out with the June flooding. We hiked from the townsite to Carthew summit and then returned. It was a long hike, but the great views made it worthwhile!

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

There is two ways to do this hike: You can start at Cameron Falls and hike up the mountain to the lake (the hard way) or you can start at Cameron Lake to the Falls which is a bit hard to the peak(about 30 minutes from start to finish), but easy after that. It is a hike you would have... More

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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I love this hike. I hadn't been back for nearly 35 years!! I had been doing a lot of running and cycling before going back to this trail l had done with my dad and uncle when I was 15. I completed the hike in 4 hours and have a goal to return and do it in under 3. The... More

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Seattle, Washington
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92 reviews 92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We were extremely fortunate - on the day of our hiking, it was a perfectly still day. The Moon guidebook talks about wind so strong that people have to crawl over the top of the Carthew Pass on their hands and knees. But on the day we took the hike, it was sunny and no clouds and no winds. We... More

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Lethbridge, Alberta
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Great hike, on the long side so will challenge beginners. Views are spectacular and the variety of sites is great. Alpine lakes total 4, summit climb to a nice little ridge walk, boot ski down the other side to the second Alpine lake along the trail in the spring time. Open meadows for the next stretch following a downhill forest... More

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