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Crypt Lake (OPEN)

Type of Hike

  • Day Hike

Trail Type

  • Open Hike
  • Difficult 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.
Rating: Difficult
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.

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