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Bertha Lake

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Stunning views of several waterfalls, including the long cascade of Upper Bertha Falls.
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About this Trail

Just off Evergreen Street in Waterton village, a mere stone’s throw past Cameron Falls, lies the trailhead to one of Waterton’s most accessible and popular hiking trails – the trail to Bertha Lake.

It’s a moderate excursion to the base of Bertha Falls, at which point the trail steepens sharply, leading you upward and onward along a series of switchbacks up the slope of Mount Richards. It’s not all huffing and puffing though. Along the way your eyes will be filled by the beauty of upper Bertha Falls, a crystal clear cascade of rushing mountain water that’s at its most impressive early in the season.

Six kilometers in, nestled in a natural amphitheater created by Mount Richards, Mount Alderson and Bertha Peak, rests Bertha Lake – and what a sight it is to see. Bring a picnic lunch – there are plenty of tables, and besides, you’ll definitely want to stay a while. Or maybe even camp overnight at one of the many well maintained tent sites.


4.5 Hours


10.4 km / 6.5 mi.


Day Hike




460 m / 1,509 ft.


This is a continuation of Bertha Falls. The trailhead for that hike is well marked and is located on Evergreen St. in Waterton townsite, about 500m past Cameron Falls.


Equestrian (except July & August), Hiking, Camping

Trail Terrain and Surfaces



Waterton Lakes National Park
Box 200
Waterton Park, AB T0K 2M0


  • Free
  • Moderate Challenge

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Barry 11/8/2015
Did the hike to Bertha Lake in October. My wife and I hiked to the falls in the summer. I did the Lake. Pretty grueling for a recovering ex-smoker. I did it, and got some beautiful pictures in the process. Please keep this area as it is. I have found my place, and it is Waterton