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Bear’s Hump is a short, moderately strenuous hike located on the outskirts of the town of Waterton. Once you summit the “hump” you are rewarded with outstanding views of Waterton and the lower and middle Waterton lakes.
Time Required: 1 hour
Location: Trailhead begins behind the Waterton Park Information Center
Distance: 2.5km loop
Elevation Gain: 240m
Difficulty: 5/10 – Rapid elevation gain
Season: June to mid-October
Additional Requirements: N/A
From Waterton: Bear’s Hump is located on the outskirts of Waterton town on Hwy 5. Park at the tourist information center as the trailhead is directly behind the tourist information building.
WHAT TO BRING
- Comfortable Footwear: Hiking shoes. The trail up Bear’s hump is well maintained so hiking boots are not necessary. We recommend wearing comfortable running shoes because the trail is steep with uneven footing in places.
- Water: Although this is a short hike, there is lots of elevation gain in a short amount of time. Bring at least one water bottle per person to stay hydrated on the hike.
- Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy at the top of the hike while you enjoy the stunning views. Some of our favorites are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice (Supernibs! Cause they’re the best).
- Weather appropriate clothing: Although you will work up a sweat on the climb up, it can be windy at the summit so bring a light jacket if you get cold easily.
- Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
- Insect Repellent: Insect repellent can greatly improve your hiking experience.
- Bear Spray: You are in bear country. Always hike with bear spray that is easily accessible.
- Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
- This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike
Wildlife: You will be hiking in bear country. It is always advisable to check in at the local Visitor Information Center to learn of any trail closures due to wildlife. Carry bear spray in an easily accessible location. Travel in groups of multiple hikers and make lots of noise to avoid an unexpected encounter.
Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:
- Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
- Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
- Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
- Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
- Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
- Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.
To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca
Summary: Bear’s Hump is a 2.5 km round trip on a well maintained, easy to follow trail. We rate this hike as moderately difficult due to the rapid elevation gain.