Location: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
Distance: 10.7 miles RT
Elevation Gain:2250 feet
Highest Point: 6400 feet
Trip started at Waterton’s boat dock. On this day, only one departure at 10am and one pick up at 5:30pm devoted to Crypt Lake hike with RT fare at about 20 CND.
A pleasant 20 minute ride to TH
The trail started with forest switchbacks passing through 2 waterfalls with gradual unveiling of its surrounding valley, peaks and waters.
Glimpse of Lake Waterton as trail ascended through a forest of spruce and fir
Twin Falls at 2 mile mark
Burnt Rock Falls at 3.5 mile
At about 4 mile mark, the 600 foot Crypt Fall made her first appearance.
The trail now sheds its majestic National Park cloak of splendor and dons an amusement park adrenal chasing suit.
approaching ledge and the tunnel
Jeannette was cool, calm and collected on this 2 foot wide ledge.
Then a 8 foot ladder got us to the ….
…4 foot tall tunnel where one could crawl to ….
…to the other side… the tunnel is of natural formation, but artificially widened by dynamite.
… adventure continues with a steep ledge incline with a cable railing
The ledge offered thrills, and stunning views.
A spur trail took us to the head of Crypt Fall.
Crypt Lake, south end of which is the US border.
On the way back, I took a detour to Hell Roaring Fall
Back to boat dock by 5:30pm