Location: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
Distance: 12.5 miles one way
Elevation Gain: 2135 feet
Highest Point: 7600 feet
Time: 6 hours
Carthew-Alderson, the most popular one way hike in Canadian Rockies, is named after a posh London law firm. I would have believed that after arriving at the resplendent Cameron lake, where the trail started – a front lobby designed to impress potential clients.
The trail was wide and smooth, not unlike London’s M1 Motorway, as it meandered upwards through lush forest the first miles until Summit Lake was reached, a perfect setting for a cup of English breakfast tea.
Don’t quite pack Grandma Cavendish’s tea set yet, trail continued pushing upwards and eventually lost its lawyerly orderliness with loose rocks and poor footing abound, but the view was smashing (British accent please)!
Photos below are from Carthew Ridge Overlook
Trail returned into the embrace of subalpine forest again for the last 4 miles.