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A great but challenging hike. It is not an easy one but the view on the Crypt Lake at the end of... read more

Reviewed October 31, 2018
Tamaragw
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The Netherlands
A beautiful and challenging hike

My 15-year old son and I are fairly avid hikers; we hiked to Crypt lake in late August of 2018. We... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
Mario H
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Fulton, Maryland
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

A great but challenging hike. It is not an easy one but the view on the Crypt Lake at the end of the hike is very much rewarding for the efforts you have done. Great views along the way too. On your way back take...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

My 15-year old son and I are fairly avid hikers; we hiked to Crypt lake in late August of 2018. We took the 8:30 am boat over, arriving at the trail head by 8:45. It took us two and a half hours to hike to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

So up front - this is a great hike, with some parts that are challenging. These do not occur until the last kilometer, so if you do not like steep sections, wire walks etc, you can still hike with your friends up to the campground...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

We're a reasonably fit couple in our mid-50s, with plenty of hiking experience. We found this trail a bit of a test (still sore three days later), but well worth the effort. It's a lovely trail punctuated by lovely waterfalls, with particularly stunning views on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

We did this hike with our 9 and 11 yr old. This was our first real hike as a family. Kids each had a 1 litre water bladder for their back packs and my husband and I had 2 litre water bladders. All of us...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

Great crew took us over on saturday that gave us tips about the hike. This is a challenging trail with great views of the mountains, water falls, waterton lake and crypt lake at the end. Always a nice idea to stop and look around to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Brittany H
Reviewed September 1, 2018

I've been hiking for more than 25 years and I would have to say this is one of my all time favorite trails. So may cool features. Riding to the trailhead by ferry, interacting with other hikers, the tunnel and of course the long section...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank BMaud1
Reviewed August 20, 2018

This is a great day hike, with some minor challenges going through the tunnel and then using the cable for about 30 meters to go across the rock shelf. I would rate this as a moderate hike. Make sure you catch the 8:15 ferry to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

Loved the scenery but must say it was a bit strenuous for my husband (60) and myself (57). We are notably flat landers and consider ourselves pretty active for the mid west terrain. We were glad we accomplished it but it took us 4 hrs....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Loved this hike. Important to wear proper hiking shoes and I suggest marina wool socks too. We took at 830am ferry, spent two hours at the lake, and did the extra Hell’s falls on the way down (Dont do this on the way up save...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Joanna F
October 23, 2018|
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Response from scooze2014 | Reviewed this property |
Yes if you want to walk 12 miles before you start the hike. The hike is strenuous so I would highly recommend the boat shuttle.
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Mundidibachi
July 12, 2018|
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Response from Natalie M | Reviewed this property |
Hi! Google “waterton shoreline cruise company” and search for the crypt lake hike (sorry trip advisor won’t let me add the URL). The meeting point is right at the ferry dock across from Pat’s in Waterton. Friends who are... More
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scooze2014
June 27, 2018|
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Response from dave g | Reviewed this property |
No guided tours. If there is a bear you'll see him with or without a ranger. The ferry is usually crowded with people doing the hike so you could join up with a group. Take a can of bear spray and talk a lot. We didn't see... More
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BrisbanePanda
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Crypt Lake Trail (5 Replies)
We will be staying in Waterton in early October and are wondering if it will be too late in the season to hike the Crypt Lake trail and the Goat Haunt hike. Is the Crypt Lake trail as scary as it looks, with the tunnel and narrow walkways?
August 22, 2011|
Response fromCamping_Girl|
The cruise to access Goat Haunt is also the cruise that you need to take to access the Crypt Lake trailhead; it won't be possible that late in the year, I'm afraid. :(
andrews08
Toronto, Canada
Two "Post-Honeymooners" - First Rockies Trip! (16 Replies)
Good Evening, My wife and I are traveling to the Canadian Rockies for two weeks (16 nights) during August 2011 for our one-year anniversary. We are both in our mid-twenties, are moderately experienced day-hikers, and this is our first (hopefully not our last) trip to the rocky mountains. We are both very excited about going to Alberta and British Columbia for our first time! I fact, we have a deep desire to perhaps move there someday based on our reading about the area. We are avid...More
May 12, 2011|
Response fromViajeroPerdido|
Hi, and welcome in advance to our beautiful mountains! 1. Your odds of meeting a bear on the trails you mentioned are fairly low, not zero, but low because mostly those are popular trails, and bears tend to avoid areas where there's human activity. Note also that grizzly bears are quite uncommon compared to blacks, other than in Waterton which does have a good number of grizzlies. Buying bear spray for this one trip might be considered overkill, but I know it does provide peace of mind....More