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“Tunnels of Fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crypt Lake Trail

Crypt Lake Trail
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Lethbridge, Canada
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“Tunnels of Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

This hike is very popular - about 8.3 km one way (5.3 miles) and gains 2,100 feet. After a boat ride across the lake to the trail head, you start out in the trees but soon breaks out into the open. There are lots of switch backs, rocky faces and views are excellent. The Crypt Falls dropping from the headwall is amazing. The most interesting part of the hike appears once you are through the old campground and rest area. An iron ladder allows for passage through the rock face. The tunnel is narrow and rocky - only about 4 feet high. Once on the other side the trail is very narrow for a short way but quite passable. At the lake you can relax and enjoy the beauty and look for goats. Don't fall asleep though as the boat only makes two trips back in the afternoon and if you miss the last boat you have a LONG walk to get back to Waterton Townsite.

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Eureka, Montana
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“Unique & Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

The hike is gorgeous but the access to the lake itself is unique--check it out!

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Edmonton, Canada
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“An exciting hike for the average hiker”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

The Crypt Lake hike is an interesting one. To an experienced mountaineer, it's not really very difficult, but to the average tourist it is definitely an adventure.

The first part of the hike is a steady ascent up the valley. Once you break out of the forest the steep parts start, but there are switchbacks to make the climb easier. Stick it out, and you eventually reach the exciting part. It begins with a walk across a cliff face on a narrow track. The width is about two or three feet, but there is a steep slope on your right. If you slip, you will slide about 600 ft before you stop.

When we got to the start of the traverse, we met a woman and her boyfriend; she had gone about 10 paces out on the ledge than frozen in fear. It took him five minutes to talk her back to safety. I took a group up there, and had to talk three of 11 people across that stretch,

At the end, you get to a steel ladder about eight feet high. Not too bad, unless you look down. You then crawl trough a short tunnel about 20 ft long and come again onto a ledge. A few steps, and you begin the scariest part. There is a cable to hold onto and it would be safest to wear a harness and clip yourself to it, as I saw a mother do with her 14 year old daughter. Most people just grit their teeth, hang on to the cable with both hands and scramble up. Be aware that a slip here doesn't lead to a slide down a slope, but a 600 ft. free-fall off a cliff.

The last section is an easy walk through forest to Crypt Lake. There's really nothing special about it except its location, but it is pretty. Surprisingly, the fishing is also good.

Of the people in my group, those who weren't afraid of heights thought it was an exciting hike. For the rest (probably over half) it was the adventure of a lifetime, something they weren't sure they could do, and were very proud of succeeding at.

Visited August 2011
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Lethbridge, Canada
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“Hike of a Lifetime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

You need to take a ferry across and back. 8 am or 930 am. return at 4 or 530pm. This is an all day hike and one you have to do.

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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

Start the hike off by taking a ferry across Waterton Lake to the trail head. A medium difficult hike awaits and you'll be up to Crypt Lake in 2-3 hours (if I remember correctly) The hike will take you through a small cave and past a waterfall that is hundreds of feet tall. Absolutely beautiful.

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