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"Hope you see a bear!"

A very memorable hike. Starts at Cameron Lake and ends back in Waterton. The first people we... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2018
Natalie M
London, Canada
Awesome Trail!

If you want a hike to challenge you and offer amazing views, this is it! Hiked this trail with our... read more

Reviewed December 17, 2017
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

A very memorable hike. Starts at Cameron Lake and ends back in Waterton. The first people we walked past said cheerfully "hope you see a bear!" With those well wishes and night coming quickly, this hike turned into a walk/jog :) We didn't end up...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Natalie M
Reviewed December 17, 2017

If you want a hike to challenge you and offer amazing views, this is it! Hiked this trail with our Backroads Hiking group - a total of 13.5 miles, 2,300 ft elevation gain! This hike goes 5 miles up to the saddle, passing by Summit...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Four of us hiked the trail in July with perfect weather. We got shuttled to Cameron Lake to begin the hike and over 7 hours we hiked the 20 km back to Waterton village. We were not in a rush but set a reasonable pace...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank kscollon
Reviewed September 17, 2017

We actually wanted only to go up to Summit Lake and turn back but ended up going further up to the crest. The hike up to Summit Lake is easy and gradual and starts right along the Cameron Lake boathouse. Near the Summit Lake, we...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Wouldlovetravelmore
Reviewed August 13, 2017

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.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Likestotravel58
Reviewed August 13, 2017 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

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank mpauline
Reviewed August 6, 2017

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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank lesleycole1930
Reviewed August 4, 2017

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

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Sandy J
Reviewed July 21, 2017

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.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Elizabeth K
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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August 23, 2017|
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Response from Jessica A |
I'm not sure about the shuttle but I would start at the top otherwise it will be more uphill than down.
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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Carlos T
Chicago, Illinois
basic info on Carthew - Alderson trail (1 Reply)
Hi, I have been googling info for the shuttle for this hike and I want to confirm that I have read if its still up to date: so if I park at Cameron Falls in Waterton Village, I can get on a shuttle to Cameron Lake and start the hike there so I can end the hike at my car. I have read that Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters has a shuttle and I read that there are now free shuttles (I think i read an article from 2016) in that route too, but I dont remember if those were just while construction was...More
May 05, 2017|
Response fromksneds|
Any free shuttles would be operated by Parks Canada. I think the shuttle last summer was in place due to the construction, but as shuttle operations/schedules can change from year to year, your best bet is to contact the Parks Canada centre in Waterton (google Waterton National Park). For info on the Tamarack shuttle, you should contact the store via e-mail. Be aware that they may be seasonal, so it's possible there could be a delay in response.