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Carthew - Alderson Trail

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Four of us hiked the trail in July with perfect weather. We got shuttled to Cameron Lake to begin... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kamloops, Canada
Beautiful views, waters and winds!

We actually wanted only to go up to Summit Lake and turn back but ended up going further up to the... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2017
Calgary, Canada
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Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us hiked the trail in July with perfect weather. We got shuttled to Cameron Lake to begin the hike and over 7 hours we hiked the 20 km back to Waterton village. We were not in a rush but set a reasonable pace...More

Thank kscollon
Reviewed 17 September 2017

We actually wanted only to go up to Summit Lake and turn back but ended up going further up to the crest. The hike up to Summit Lake is easy and gradual and starts right along the Cameron Lake boathouse. Near the Summit Lake, we...More

Thank Wouldlovetravelmore
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We had a perfect day to enjoy the views from the top. Quite often it is windy and hard to sit at the top for long, but we timed it right and had an extra special day enjoying the trail! Don't miss this trail.

Thank Likestotravel58
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to finish off the triple crown of Waterton by hiking this trail in the reverse direction. It was not that difficult although the majority of the hike is an uphill event. Approximately 1030m of elevation gain. Spectacular scenery including lakes, summits and alpine...More

1  Thank mpauline
Reviewed 7 August 2017

My husband and I tackled this day hike on Friday 4th August. The temperature was cooler than the previous days so it was a great day for a long hike. We had booked a place on the shuttle from Tamaracs hub in the town so...More

Thank lesleycole1930
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We debated the choice of Crypt Lake or the Carthew- Alderson trek. The C.A. pass won out and we had the pleasure of booking and riding the early shuttle bus to the Cameron Lake trailhead with the Waterton Outdoor Adventures service. Bookings for the morning...More

1  Thank Sandy J
Reviewed 21 July 2017

If you have 2 vehicles or can arrange private pickup, this is a MUST hike. It is long but outstanding and I would do it again and again. Lakes, altitude, wild flowers.

Thank fitmom1010
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Highly recommended challenging hike. Best to start from Cameron Lake - a shuttle is available to take you to Cameron Lake to start the 20km one-way trip back to town. Bring lots of water, bug spray and bear spray. We saw a bear pretty close...More

1  Thank KarenB0560
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Started in village and got to Alderson Lake round trip in about 3.5 hours ( 15 km), but couldn't get further due to 2 meter snowdrifts covering trail to Carthew Lakes. Wonderful views at Alderson.

1  Thank paul m
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This 18 km + hike is for experienced hikers only, and requires a shuttle. Check the weather forecast and trail conditions with the parks information centre before going on this hike. Wear good hiking boots and clothing for unpredictable weather. Carthew summit gets very windy...More

Thank JJawandering
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24 August 2017|
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Response from Jessica A |
I'm not sure about the shuttle but I would start at the top otherwise it will be more uphill than down.
Candace O
27 July 2017|
Response from KarenB0560 | Reviewed this property |
We saw a guy with an Aussie shepherd on a leash. There is some scrambling, but not rock climbing. We saw a grizzly pretty close up - you should have bear spray (we didn't need to use ours) and make noise on the trail.
steve c
21 July 2015|
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