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Carthew - Alderson Trail

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Address: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Wonderful location to take fit visitors from other countries

Visitors from Europe enjoy the magnificent scenery and wide-open spaces of the Canadian Rockies. It is a somewhat difficult trail with exposure traversing a scree saddle to a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
Marilyn B
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Visitors from Europe enjoy the magnificent scenery and wide-open spaces of the Canadian Rockies. It is a somewhat difficult trail with exposure traversing a scree saddle to a wind-swept peak with astounding views of surrounding mountains cascading into forest-clad valleys. Possibility of seeing wildlife.

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Helena, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I first hiked this trail in 1972 with my dad and brother, and then rode it on horseback with my wife and kids in 2000. Most recently, my wife and I hiked it again in September 2015. Carthew-Alderson is truly a world-class hike in terms of scenery, vegetation and wildlife. In more recent years, it has been advertised as one... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Wow ....and did I say Wow! This is a very challenging but worthwhile hike. What an experience at the ridge! Great vistas and lakes!

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Brenham, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I just got off the trail! We left cameron lake at 10 a.m, and finished the hike in 6.5 hours at Watertown village so we did the entire hike which is 20.1 km. It was rated difficult and it is. Who ever wrote the review that it is uphill at the very start and the fairly level is not correct!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

This hike is absolutely amazing. Really worth the effort- but the hitch is that it takes lots of effort indeed 😁. We did it with our kids aged 8 and 10 - was a huge challenge but was an amazing day. The views are constantly changing. We saw 3 marmots along the way as well as some mountain goats. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Thought my husband and I were going to experience the fantastic 360 degree view, but too much smoke from the Glacier Park wild fires. No matter, the sights are still amazing as you head down from the peak. You pass by numerous waterfalls, beautiful lakes, unique rock formations, and a variety wildlife (marmots, mountain goats, grouse, etc.) Definitely worth taking... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I took the trail to Summit Lake while others in our group when the full length of the trail. The hike to Summit Lake was a relatively gentle steady uphill to the lake and a gentle steady downhill back to the lake at the base of the trail. The round trip to summit lake is a nice half day hike... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Incredible views, varying vegetation, great lakes . . . This hike is very rewarding -- wonderful to perch atop the world on Carthew peak and eat lunch. Did Carthew - Alderson once but CMeron Lake to Carthew summit and return 5 times -- and counting!

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Incline Village NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is one of the most spectacular hikes I have ever done. One is shuttled out to Lake Cameron and hike back to Waterton (12.5 miles). In the process you cross a ridge where at one point you are looking straight down on either side of the trail. But at the same time that ridge gives you a view of... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is considered a triple crown hike in the Waterton area, and I can understand why. Unparalleled views at the summit. Everything that makes a hike memorable exists here. Lakes, waterfalls, vast panoramas. Our feet were definitely feeling the distance at the end. We tracked our movements, and the one way, shuttled trip from Cameron Lake was a few steps... More 

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