Waterton NP – Crypt Lake Hike

The hike to Crypt Lake in Waterton National Park is rated one of the very best in the world. The lake is located in a hanging valley with a 500-foot waterfall spilling from it. The trailhead is reached by boat on Waterton Lake. The hike itself is 17 km return with a 2,300-foot elevation gain. The lake is reached by traversing a cliff ledge; then climbing a steel ladder; then squeezing through a small natural cave; then along another ledge with the help of a cable secured to the rock. The lake is well worth the effort, but the best part is the hike itself.