Waterton National Park Hiking Trails

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Hiking Trails

Weave your way through grasslands, rivers and forests, over mountain passes and under rushing waterfalls, and around magnificent glacial lakes when you navigate one of Waterton Park’s many hiking trails.

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  • Townsite Loop Trail leads you on an easy stroll along Upper Waterton Lake and Cameron Falls.
  • Park near Red Rock Parkway and spend half a day amidst spectacular scenery as you trek to Bertha Lake.
  • For serious hikers, journey Crandell Loop Trail's 12.8 miles, with lakeside stops and campground for overnight stays.


Waterton Lakes National Park has 120 miles of hiking trails intersecting a range of landscapes from prairies to sheer cliffs. Such diverse terrain, including lakes, rivers and wetlands, plays host to several wildlife species - bears, moose, deer, elk and more - often spotted from the trails. Whether you prefer an easy stroll with your family or a multi-day hiking adventure, a Waterton Park trail awaits you.

Akamina Lake
After an awe-inspiring trip down Akamina Parkway, leave your vehicle at Cameron Lake and take this short hike to Akamina Lake for an afternoon picnic.

  • Trailhead: Cameron Lake
  • Total Distance: 3.2 km (2 miles)
  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Ascent: Minimal
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail Type: Out-and-Back

Townsite Trail
Enjoy a walking tour of Waterton Townsite, incorporating Cameron Falls and Cameron Bay, close to amenities and lakeside activities.

  • Trailhead: Several parking areas including Cameron Falls and just off Waterton Avenue.
  • Distance: 3.2 km (2 miles)
  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Ascent: Minimal
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail Type: Loop

Blackiston Falls
Pose for a family portrait in front of the falls, just a short hike from the western end of Red Rock Parkway.

  • Trailhead: Red Rock Canyon
  • Distance: 2 km (1.2 miles)
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Ascent: Minimal
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail Type: Out-and-Back

Snowshoe Trail
Explore the northwestern portion of Waterton, following Bauerman Creek, with a backcountry campground and additional trail access to Lost Lake and Twin Lakes.

  • Trailhead: Red Rock Canyon
  • Distance: 16.4 km (10.2 miles)
  • Total Time: 5 hrs
  • Ascent: 150 meters (492 feet)
  • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • Trail Type: Out-and-Back

Bertha Lake
Grab a hearty breakfast in Townsite before heading to Bertha Lake, featuring a well-deserved stopping point at Bertha Falls.

  • Trailhead: Townsite
  • Distance: 11.4 km (7 miles)
  • Total Time: 4.5 hrs
  • Ascent: 500 meters (1640 ft)
  • Difficulty: Moderate – Strenuous
  • Trail Type: Out-and-Back

Wishbone Trail
For a full-day excursion, park near Maskinonge Lake and trek south, passing Lower Waterton Lake and terminating near Middle Waterton Lake.

  • Trailhead: Chief Mountain Highway (just before the park’s eastern entrance)
  • Distance: 21 km (13 miles)
  • Total Time: 6-8 hrs
  • Ascent: 50 meters (164 ft)
  • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • Trail Type: Out-and-Back

Crandell Loop
Circle within portions of Akamina and Red Rock parkways, with views of Crandell Peak and stops at Crandell Lake, Crandell Campground, and Lonesome Lake.

  • Trailhead: Akamina or Red Rock parkways
  • Distance: 20.6 km (12.8 miles)
  • Total Time: 6-7 hrs
  • Ascent: 200 meters (656 ft)
  • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • Trail Type: Loop

Additional Information

  • Be Bear Aware
  • Leave No Trace – pack out your litter!
  • Always check trail conditions before departure.
  • Wilderness camping permits required.