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The Best Backpacking in Waterton

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Top backpacking spots in and near Waterton

  • Waterton, Alberta

    Hike to Crypt Lake

    4.3
    10.8 mi / 2296.6 ft gain
    The hike begins with a gradual climb through shaded forest, which thins as you progress into the hanging valley. Along the way, you will pass by three amazing waterfalls: Twin Falls at 3.5km (2 mi), Burnt Rock Falls at 5.6km (3.5 mi) and the 600ft Crypt Falls at 8km (5 mi). There is also a 1km (0...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Waterton Valley Trail

    20.67 mi / 3720 ft gain
    Waterton Valley Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Babb, Montana.
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  • Waterton, Alberta

    Backpack the Alderson-Carthew Trail

    5.0
    12.4 mi / 4101.1 ft gain
    Take the Akamina Parkway in Wateron Lakes National Park to its terminus at Cameron Lake. Your hike will start from here. If you’re through-hiking either drop another vehicle off at Cameron Falls in the town site, or be prepared to hitch a ride back to Cameron Lake, due to heavy traffic this is ...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Northern Traverse: Chieftan Mountain to Kintla Lake

    55.92 mi / 8169 ft gain
    Northern Traverse: Chieftan Mountain to Kintla Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Babb, Montana.
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  • Browning, Montana

    Backpack to Cosley Lake

    27.2 mi / 475 ft gain
    The hike goes through different wooded areas, open fields, and passes by the ranger's ranch. In no time, you will be able to see the aqua blue colors of Cosley Lake, as you approach the campground for the night.The campground has pit toilets and a bear bag hanging station, along with a cooking ar...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Backpack to the Foot of Glenns Lake

    20.6 mi / 950 ft gain
    Starting from the Chief Mountain Parking Area, take the trail to the left of the bathrooms at the end of the parking lot (left of the bathrooms if you are facing the bathrooms and the main road is to your right). You will quickly hike to a wooden kiosk. Read this kiosk for any pertinent informati...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Mokowanis River - Stoney Indian Pass

    28.07 mi / 3556 ft gain
    Mokowanis River - Stoney Indian Pass is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Babb, Montana.
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  • Swiftcurrent, Montana

    Glacier's North Circle Route (North East Section)

    9.7 mi
    Planning & Preparations As amazing as this trek is, it's certainly not without its challenges, and the first one you will run into is obtaining a backcountry permit for camping.  As it absolutely should, backcountry camping is very regulated.  Essentially, you request permits and multiple da...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Waterton Lake via Bowman Lake

    49.5 mi / 6365 ft gain
    Our trip started on Thursday evening, spending the night at the Bowman Lake campground. You can park your car here and it's where the hike will start and end. I recommend staying here the night before because day 1 is a doozy, so you'll want an early start. Day 1 is the hardest day of the hike, ...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Bowman Lake to Quartz Lake Loop

    5.0
    13.3 mi / 2618 ft gain
    The trail to Quartz lake begins on southend of the Bowman Lake beach. I recommend going in a clockwise direction and getting the steep bit out of the way, but the ~13 mile loop can be done either way. Follow the Bowman Lake shore on the West Lakes Trail for about half a mile and then you will fi...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Ptarmigan to Helen Lake, Elizabeth Lake, Cosley Lake, Stoney Indian Pass, and Waterton Valley Trail

    39.95 mi / 6404 ft gain
    Ptarmigan Trail to Helen Lake, Elizabeth Lake, Cosley Lake, Stoney Indian Pass, and Waterton Valley Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Babb, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Continental Divide Trail to Fifty Mountain Shelter

    32.7 mi / 14022 ft gain
    Continental Divide Trail to Fifty Mountain Shelter is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Siyeh Bend, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Granite Park to Flattop Mountain Trail

    27.54 mi / 6325 ft gain
    Granite Park to Flattop Mountain Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Lake Mc Donald, Montana.
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  • Browning, Montana

    Cracker Lake

    5.0
    12.72 mi
    The 6.1 mile (12.2 roundtrip), hike to Cracker Lake includes wooded forests, grand views of lakes and mountains, creek crossings, distant waterfalls, mining ruins, possible wildflowers and wildlife, and a swim in turquoise water. At 1400ft elevation gain, the trail never gets too taxing. The view...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Backpack to Poia Lake, Glacier NP

    12.8 mi / 1700 ft gain
    Located in Many Glacier, the Red Gap Pass trail begins at the Apikuni Falls Trailhead located east of the Many Glacier Lodge (if you're looking to check out the falls before your hike, check out Hike to Apikuni Falls at Glacier National Park). The trail starts at a gradual incline and continue th...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Backpack from Glacier NP to Waterton Lakes NP

    5.0
    25 mi
    Day 1: This gorgeous backpacking adventure begins at the Packer's Roost trailhead, which is almost halfway between West and East Glacier on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This trailhead is marked on the highway before you get to the "Loop." It's a quick left turn so keep your eyes peeled as you pass ...
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