Crypt Lake (Only accessible via Wishbone Trail or non-motorized watercraft)
Type of Hike
- Day Hike
- Difficult Hike
- Open Hike
- Guided Hikes & Shuttles
National Geographic recently rated Crypt Lake as one of the World's 20 Most Thrilling Trails! An exciting 15 minute boat ride** across Upper Waterton Lake brings you to the trailhead at Crypt Landing. The trail passes 4 spectacular waterfalls: Hell Roaring Falls (1 km), Twin Falls (3.5 km), Burnt Rock Falls (5.6 km) and Crypt Falls, (8 km) which is approximately 600 ft. tall. A highlight for many is the steel ladder and 60 foot tunnel through the mountain. After a short maneuver around a cliff (with cable for added security), hikers arrive at beautiful Crypt Lake. Towering cliffs surround the lake on all sides, take a gaze up and see if you spot any Mountain Goats. Try your luck at catching the local Cutthroat Trout, just make sure you have a valid fishing licence!
Distance: 17.2 km / 10.7 mi (return)
Elevation Gain: 700m / 2300ft.
Hiking Time: 5-8 hours
** This boat requires transportation through Shoreline Boat Cruise, which launches at specified times. Please review their launch time before planning your hike.
NOTE: This trail offers a Guided Hiking Experience with an option to hire a local Interpretative Guide. Please visit Hike Waterton for more information.