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Carthew - Alderson Trail

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Fabulous hike!

We had a perfect day to enjoy the views from the top. Quite often it is windy and hard to sit at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bozeman, Montana
Do the hike in reverse but get ready for a workout

We decided to finish off the triple crown of Waterton by hiking this trail in the reverse... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
St. Albert, Canada
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Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a perfect day to enjoy the views from the top. Quite often it is windy and hard to sit at the top for long, but we timed it right and had an extra special day enjoying the trail! Don't miss this trail.

Thank Likestotravel58
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to finish off the triple crown of Waterton by hiking this trail in the reverse direction. It was not that difficult although the majority of the hike is an uphill event. Approximately 1030m of elevation gain. Spectacular scenery including lakes, summits and alpine...More

Thank mpauline
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I tackled this day hike on Friday 4th August. The temperature was cooler than the previous days so it was a great day for a long hike. We had booked a place on the shuttle from Tamaracs hub in the town so...More

Thank lesleycole1930
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We debated the choice of Crypt Lake or the Carthew- Alderson trek. The C.A. pass won out and we had the pleasure of booking and riding the early shuttle bus to the Cameron Lake trailhead with the Waterton Outdoor Adventures service. Bookings for the morning...More

1  Thank Sandy J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have 2 vehicles or can arrange private pickup, this is a MUST hike. It is long but outstanding and I would do it again and again. Lakes, altitude, wild flowers.

Thank fitmom1010
Reviewed July 7, 2017

Highly recommended challenging hike. Best to start from Cameron Lake - a shuttle is available to take you to Cameron Lake to start the 20km one-way trip back to town. Bring lots of water, bug spray and bear spray. We saw a bear pretty close...More

1  Thank KarenB0560
Reviewed June 25, 2017

Started in village and got to Alderson Lake round trip in about 3.5 hours ( 15 km), but couldn't get further due to 2 meter snowdrifts covering trail to Carthew Lakes. Wonderful views at Alderson.

1  Thank paul m
Reviewed April 15, 2017

This 18 km + hike is for experienced hikers only, and requires a shuttle. Check the weather forecast and trail conditions with the parks information centre before going on this hike. Wear good hiking boots and clothing for unpredictable weather. Carthew summit gets very windy...More

Thank JJawandering
Reviewed February 15, 2017

This is a bit of a hike to do. I believe it was just over 20kms. It is a hike that you need to be dropped off at because it hikes from Cameron Lake to the townsite of Waterton just by Cameron Falls. Not recommended...More

Thank Getoutside14
Reviewed January 9, 2017

This is a beautiful hike with something to enjoy every step of the way. Our group of 9 arrived at the trail head at 11AM and finished around 7PM. However, we were worried about finishing the trail before sunset, and skipped the summit at the...More

1  Thank JoUET11
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Candace O
July 27, 2017|
Response from KarenB0560 | Reviewed this property |
We saw a guy with an Aussie shepherd on a leash. There is some scrambling, but not rock climbing. We saw a grizzly pretty close up - you should have bear spray (we didn't need to use ours) and make noise on the trail.
steve c
July 20, 2015|
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