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Carthew - Alderson Trail

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Helena, Montana
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179 reviews 179 reviews
67 attraction reviews
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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
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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93 reviews 93 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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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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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 17, 2012 via mobile

This was an incredible hike. Amazing beauty, well worth the effort. I found this is a challenging hike because of the wind gusts on the top of the ridge. I just about got blown over a couple times! Dress in layers, it can be cool up on top and the first section of the descent. Watch for marmots and mountain... More

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Williams Lake, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This is probably one of my most favourite hikes. The elevation climb is fairly reasonable and the scenery is simply spectacular. It's a long hike on the downside and a bit hard on the knees - poles are definitely an asset.

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Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Make sure you pack lots of water, and high energy snacks, and get a good nights sleep. The trail is approximately 20km. Took us 6.5 hours, going at a pretty good pace, starting from Cameron Lake. Amazing views, peaceful, wildlife galore, and crisp cool air. Highly recommend.

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