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Hiking at Waterton Lakes National Park

Crypt Lake

Distance: 17.2 km / 10.7 mi (return)
Time: 6 - 8 hours (plan a full day)
Elevation Gain: 700 m / 2297'

An awe-inspiring full day hike involving a boat taxi across Waterton Lake, and a gradual climb of over 2300 feet. Experience a 600 foot cascading waterfall, natural tunnel and cliff traverse. As you reach your destination, you'll be rewarded by the turquoise waters of sparkling Crypt Lake, and maybe even catch a glimpse of an elusive white mountain goat, or the rare alpine pygmy poppy!






Below are some photos from the hike:

Twin Waterfalls on the way to Crypt Lake in Waterton Park.

On your way up to the lake, you will be treated to a view of twin waterfalls!
As you near your destination you will be treated to yet another waterfall. This 600 foot cascading waterfall is fed from Crypt Lake itself!

A short ways away from the Lake, you will be treated to a tunnel you will have to crawl through. Nearly 100 feet long, this natural tunnel was carved out of the rock by erosion.
After the tunnel, you'll climb over and around a ledge. On one side is a sheer rock face, going up, on the other side is another sheer rock face, going down! A steel cable is bolted into the rock face for you to hold on to. A short walk later, and you will be treated to a gorgeous view of a pristine alpine lake.

After a full day, you will be picked up by boat and dropped off at the harbor in town.


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