Tucked away within a walled basin and guarded by a 300' headwall, are the Lineham Lakes. The basin, in Waterton Lakes National Park
, is surrounded by Mounts Lineham (top left photo), Hawkins (ridge behind cliff - top photo below) and Blakiston, forming the Hawkins Horseshoe. The fishing in the three lakes is legendary, mostly because few have ever fished there.
There are two ways to access the lakes - 1) via the Tamarack Ridge trail (an extension of the Rowe Lakes trail, from the meadow, 8.6km from the parkway to the ridge above the basin), or 2) via the Lineham Falls trail (this one).
The trail follows open slopes for a short distance with nice views back towards Cameron Lake, Mount Custer and Akamina Ridge
, and forward to Mount Lineham, on your left. As you reach a second major drainage channel, the falls and the cliff come into view. Also, on your right is the approach to Mount Blakiston (bottom photo).
The official trail ends about 500m short of the falls (signed), but there are numerous hikers' trails to the falls and cliff. Just make sure you can find your way back to the official trail, to get out.
Access to the lakes from this point is considered a hazardous activity and all parties wishing to continue across the cliff, into the lakes, require a Hazardous Activity Permit from Parks Canada. The cliff is extremely narrow, is frequently used by mountain goats and bighorn sheep, and is very slippery when wet.
Return the way you came. Distance of 8km is return.
Photos by Shelley Coffey
The trailhead is 9.3km from Waterton townsite on the Akamina Parkway (Cameron Lake Road) in Waterton Lakes National Park.
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