Carthew-Alderson* (Waterton)

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Date: 6/27/2015

Location: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Distance: 12.5 miles one way

Elevation Gain: 2135 feet

Highest Point: 7600 feet

Time: 6 hours

Cameron Lake

Cameron Lake

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.

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Summit Lake

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.

Carthew Peak now visible

Carthew Peak now visible shortly after leaving Summit Lake

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)!

Carthew ridge in sight

Carthew ridge in sight

Now on the ridge, the summit (right) is towards north.  I could not reach the peak due to snow this day.

Now on the ridge, the summit (right) is towards north. I could not reach the peak due to snow this day.

The overlook is south

The overlook is south

Photos below are from Carthew Ridge Overlook

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Carthew-Alderson (43)

Looking back to trail traversed

Looking back to trail traversed

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Descending from Carthew Ridge with upper and lower Carthew lakes ahead.

Descending from Carthew Ridge with upper and lower Carthew lakes ahead.

Upper Carthew Lake

Upper Carthew Lake

Upper Carthew Lake

Upper Carthew Lake

Lower Carthew lake

Lower Carthew lake

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Passing the lakes, trail continue to descend sharply eastward into a valley.

Passing the lakes, trail continue to descend sharply eastward into a valley.

Lake Alderson ahead

Lake Alderson ahead

Lake Alderson, my camera could not capture the towering cirque above the lake.

Lake Alderson, my camera could not capture the towering cirque above the lake.

Trail returned into the embrace of subalpine forest again for the last 4 miles.

Waterton townsite

Waterton townsite

Cameron Falls at the eastern terminus.

Cameron Falls at the eastern terminus.

One thought on “Carthew-Alderson* (Waterton)

  1. Andrew Nugara

    Love these photos! Please contact me if you are interested in having a couple of them appear in a new Waterton hiking guidebook. Thanks,
    Andrew Nugara

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