Waterton Hiking Information

Waterton Adventures

Waterton National Park in Southern Alberta is known for the beautiful Upper and Middle Waterton lakes surrounded by Rocky Mountains. Hikers in Waterton can expect diverse wildlife, beautiful waterfalls, clear lakes, colourful rocks and mountain vistas. Waterton’s most famous hikes, known as the triple crown, include Akamina Ridge, Alderson Carthew and Crypt Lake. This page has videos and downloadable guides of some of the best hikes in Waterton National Park.

Hiking To Goat Lake

The hike to Goat Lake is quite challenging with substantial elevation gain up short steep switchbacks. Along the way you pass through beautiful forest scenery and are treated to stunning views of the surrounded mountains. The finish point, Goat Lake, is a spectacularly beautiful alpine lake.

Difficulty Rating: 7/10

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Hiking Alderson Carthew Trail

Alderson Carthew Trail is one of three hikes that make up Waterton’s Triple Crown. It is also one of the most visually rewarding hikes in the area. The hike has challenging switchbacks, incredible views, deep blue mountain lakes, cascading waterfalls and lush green forest.  It is a challenging hike but the rewarding scenery is well worth the effort.

Difficulty Rating: 6/10

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Hiking To Crypt Lake

From climbing a ladder mounted into the cliff side to crawling through a cave barely big enough for one person to squeeze through; Crypt Lake is an adventure hiker’s dream. It has been rated as one of the most thrilling trails in the world and is an absolute must do!

Difficulty Rating: 7/10

Hiking Akamina Ridge

Akamina Ridge offers some of the most spectacular views in Waterton National Park. Split between Alberta and British Columbia this single loop trail offers an incredibly scenic ridge walk high above Forum Lake and Wall Lake.

Difficulty Rating: 6/10

Hiking Red Rock Canyon

The Red Rock Canyon loop is a great scenic walk for hikers of all abilities. Adventuring up the creek through the canyon is where Red Rock’s real excitement lies. The unique red color of the rock with crystal clear water flowing across it is a sight to behold.

Difficulty Rating: 3/10

Hiking Mount Galwey

If you are looking for a good scramble, Mount Galwey is for you. Galwey is often described as the “easiest” difficult hike around Waterton. That title is misleading as this hike is in no way easy. With different routes of varying difficulty to the top, summiting this peak is a scrambler’s dream.

Difficulty Rating: 8/10

Hiking to Crandell Lake

The hike to Crandell Lake takes you through lush forest with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The lake is secluded and the perfect place for a lunch picnic.

Difficulty Rating: 2/10

Hiking Bear's Hump

The best way to see Waterton is from the top of Bear’s Hump. After a quick but challenging climb you are rewarded with an unreal view of the town and the Waterton Lakes.

Difficulty Rating: 5/10