Note - time and distance are one way. Moderately difficult. elevation gain - 460 m (1,500 ft).
This is a continuation of the Bertha Falls Trail. After crossing the bridge at Bertha Falls, the trail steepens immediately, following a series of switchbacks as it climbs up the avalanche slopes of Mt. Richards. On the way you are graced with a nice view of Upper Bertha Falls, a bridal veil type of braided waterfall. Especially impressive early in the season.
The lake sits in a high alpine cirque surrounded by Mt. Richards (left), Mt. Alderson (ahead) and Bertha Peak (right). There is a picnic area and a trail which runs around the entire lake shore.
Return the way you came. In winter please check local avalanche conditions.
Trailhead is well marked, on Evergreen St. in Waterton townsite, about 500m past Cameron Falls, across from serviced camping area.
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Posted By: robinnknol
- Tue Jun 21 20:55:49 UTC 2016
UpsideAlthough this hike is a nice day hike, camping is available at the summit. Great campsite, bear pole to hang food. We stayed the night, very nice! DownsideLots of switch backs on the way up! Weather changes frequently. Be prepared for rain/fog on a sunny day. We were having supper half way around the lake, beautiful weather and then fog and rain came. Fog rolled in and was caught in the valley. It was a wet walk back to the tent!
Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Mon Jul 01 23:49:39 UTC 2013
UpsideVery accessible, as it's not too steep, rewarding viewpoints, falls and beautiful lake. DownsideLots of people, very popular hike. CommentAs we try to hike 1-2 times a week and now are looking for more challenging trails, we loved this one but it was easy. We then decided to do the loop around the lake for a total of around 15 km overall, it was the challenging part of our hike with a 35 degres out there! We would not do it again as there are so many trails to try, but we liked it a lot.
Posted By: thmprsa21
- Wed Jul 01 03:43:16 UTC 2009
UpsideGreat fairly strenuous hike passed several waterfalls to a great half frozen lake (in june). A little snow but a nice change for us Texans. Great views. Downsidenone
Posted By: Flies
- Thu Apr 09 15:57:45 UTC 2009
UpsideGreat veiws when there are breaks in the trees. Fishing was good caught a nice rainbow around a pound and a half. Downsidealot of switchbacks. Not the best place for Fly fishing as there is little to no casting room.