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Carthew - Alderson Trail

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This was one of the best hikes I have ever done. Challenging, and so diverse. I could do it every day (if I had the time).

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Met some fabulous folks from Calgary at Tamarrack outfitters who encouraged us to take this hike! It was awesome! We took the 8:30 am shuttle to Cameron lake. This hike has such a variety of landscapes! The scree slopes on ridge just before summit were a bit unnerving for me--- but I just followed my husbands boots and made it!... More

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Bigfork, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We've been hiking as a group up to 20 years and this hike tops the list! Pure beauty and diverse scenery at the halfway point!

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Calgary, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

- the hike is 1 way, so take the shuttle from Tamarak outfitters in town to the starting point (Cameron Lake), approx. $13.00/per person, leaves at 8:30am and you can book days in advance - the hike ends in town - unreal views, my photos don't do it justice - the first 2/3 of the hike were full of waterfalls... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My wife, sister, brother-in-law, and I made this 12 mile hike in late July from the trailhead back to town. My first hint is to sign up for the once per day shuttle from town to the trailhead that leaves at 8:15 am. We managed to financially coerce the owner of the shuttle service to take us over about 30... More

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Spokane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This hike is best done from the Cameroon Lake trailhead as a one way hike down to the town side trailhead which comes out by Cameroon Falls by the campground. I took the hiker's shuttle to the Cameroon Lake trailhead which departs Tamarak Outfitters at 0830 every morning in the high season. Its best to buy your ticket a day... More

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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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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21 attraction reviews
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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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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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