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“Carthew-Alderson Trail” 5 of 5 stars
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Carthew - Alderson Trail
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Carthew-Alderson Trail”
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 views are completely spectacular and it is unprecedented as far as hiking experiences go. Not for the faint of heart as it is a brisk climb to the summit and some less than smooth spots from the summit to Alderson Lake. All in all most people can make the hike, just make sure to leave enough time for your fitness level. Most people should leave themselves 6-7hrs for this hike.

Visited September 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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92 reviews 92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
“Carthew-Alderson: Absolutely a wonderful hike”
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 had unobstructed views for miles in all directions - and what magnificent view they are!

The trail looks a bit daunting the beginning because our map showed a series of tight switchbacks on the first section leading up to Summit Lake, but that first 4 km stretch is not too bad, those numerous switchbacks mean the trail isn't steep. Summit Lake itself is a gem, and from that point onward you climb up above the trees and enjoy the scenery that makes the Carthew-Alderson trail so famous.

If you have a chance to go, then do so! The great memories will last forever. We were back in Waterton by 2:30 PM, so there is still time for other activities, if you still have the energy...

Visited September 2012
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Lethbridge, Alberta
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7 attraction reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“One of the triple crown”
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 hike back to the town site.

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Whitecourt, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Breathtaking!”
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 goats. This was the first hike I tried my hiking poles on, I found them beneficial on the ridge. Happy hiking!!

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Williams Lake, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Best hike so far”
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.

Visited August 2012
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