Crypt Lake Trail

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Distance:
16.8 km
Difficulty:
Moderate
Elev. gain:
670 meters
Time required:
4 - 6 hours
Bikes permitted:
No
Dogs permitted:
Yes

Directions to trail head

This hike starts with a boat ride from the Waterton Marina. In 2008 the fee was $16 return. The boat ride is about 10 minutes across Waterton Lake. The trail starts at the Crypt Landing Dock.

Hazards on trail

Do not miss the return boat. Caution is required on the ledge near the tunnel.

Hike Description

This is the most popular trail in Waterton. From the trailhead the trail to Crypt Lake climbs into the forest surrounding Waterton Lake. Within 500 meters is the first intersection to Hell Roaring Falls. I would recommend checking out the falls but do it on the way back from Crypt Lake. If you visit the falls first the climb to join up to the main trail to Crypt Lake is very steep. At 3 kilometers you will see the second intersection for Hell Roaring Falls.


The trail starts with the first of three sets of switchbacks and averages less than a ten percent grade. The first major attraction is Burndt Rock Falls approximately 5.6 kilometers from the trailhead. After Burndt Rock Falls you will climb the last of the switchbacks. Before reaching the campground, off in the distance you will see some falls which according to the boat driver were 1000 feet high. I am sure they would be pretty impressive in the spring. If you are looking to camp overnight, the campground was closed in the fall of 2008 so call the park. At the campground you are less than a kilometer from the lake and the trail gets interesting. A eight foot iron ladder leads to a 40 meter natural rock tunnel followed by a narrow ledge with a steel cable to hold onto as you walk along the ledge. The ladder and opening are depicted below.


Ladder and Tunnel on Crypt Lake Trail Waterton


Once you enter the cirque, if you have time to spare and the snow has melted you can walk around the lake. At the far end you will be on the U.S./Canada Border. A couple of people claim the fishing at the lake is fantastic. Don't forget your license.


Crypt Lake Waterton National Park



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