Crypt Lake* (Waterton)

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Date: 06/26/2015

Location: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Distance: 10.7 miles RT

Elevation Gain:2250 feet

Highest Point: 6400 feet

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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

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

Glimpse of Lake Waterton as trail ascended through a forest of spruce and fir

Twin Falls at 2 mile mark

Twin Falls at 2 mile mark

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Burnt Rock Falls at 3.5 mile

At about 4 mile mark, the impressive Crypt Fall made her first appearance.

At about 4 mile mark, the 600 foot Crypt Fall made her first appearance.

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Crypt Lake (20)

The trail now sheds its majestic National Park cloak of splendor and dons an amusement park adrenal chasing suit.

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approaching ledge and the tunnel

Jeannette was cool, calm and collected on this 2 feet wide ledge.

Jeannette was cool, calm and collected on this 2 foot wide ledge.

Then a 8 foot ladder got us to the ....

Then a 8 foot ladder got us to the ….

...4 foot tall tunnel

…4 foot tall tunnel where one could crawl to ….

...to the other side... the tunnel is of natural formation, but artificially widen by dynamite.

…to the other side… the tunnel is of natural formation, but artificially widened by dynamite.

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… adventure continues with a steep ledge incline with a cable railing

The ledge offered thrills, and stunning views.

The ledge offered thrills, and stunning views.

A spur trail took us to the head of Crypt Fall.

A spur trail took us to the head of Crypt Fall.

Crypt Lake, south end of which is the US border.

Crypt Lake, south end of which is the US border.

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On the way back, I took a detour to Hell Roaring Fall

Back to boat dock

Back to boat dock by 5:30pm

2 thoughts on “Crypt Lake* (Waterton)

  1. robert frankel

    Dear Dan and Jeannette,
    Bettina and I really enjoyed meeting you. If you are ever anywhere near Chicago, please look us up. Your
    pictures are great and I am looking forward to following your blog. Next time we are headed west we will call
    to see if you guys are up for a hike somewhere. If you ever want to give up medicine, I think you have a future in
    photojournalism. Best wishes Roby and Bettina

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  2. Christopher Fernandez

    Wow thanks for the photo map of the round trip. I was there in 1978 and camped (in the then allowed no frills wilderness camp site) overnight. In an digitaless age the loss of the photos I took have led me to visits on the web looking at others recorded memories. Your images have been the best so far and due to the sequence and mile markers jogged my fading matrix the most. I’m inspired to return to Crypt Lake and the other Glacier/Waterton trails and soak it all in. Thanks and happy trails!

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