This scramble is an extension of the Bertha Lakes Trail in Waterton national park. From the end of the official trail, cross the bridge to take the trail around the lake. After about 400m, you will come to a rise in the trail (which is basically flat), with open, rocky slopes to your right. Please also refer to Bertha Lake trail on trailpeak, and Waterton Lakes National Park. This not the route described by Kane in his 'Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies'. Our route is further along the lakeshore and well past the two waterfalls.
The rock here is fairly solid and makes for nice, easy scrambling. Keep moving left as you go upwards. At the top of this first section you will encounter small thick spruce trees. Make your way through these (through snow at end of June) to a small bowl. The second photo on the right below shows this bowl. The summit is up to your right. Straightforward climb to the top.
On a clear day, which we had for about 15 minutes, the views are fantastic. The first photo on the left below, shows Bertha Lake and the large waterfall below it, as well as Waterton Lake behind Mt. Richards.
Photo at top left is Bertha Lake from near the top of the first slope. Same for top right photo (this pose is not as dangerous as it looks. There is lots of solid ground just below my son. We would never put anyone in a position like that if it weren't safe. Some would, we won't. Besides, my wife said I had to bring him home in one piece).
Total time is about 7 hours return and about 1,158 m (3,800 ft) elevation gain.
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: grannysmith111
- Sat Feb 05 21:01:17 EST 2011
CommentThe scenary is spectacular. The wildlife is abundant. The prize at the top is the picture of Bertha in the cairn. People have been sending pictures at the summit with Bertha and emailing it to the park wardens.
Posted By: pascoe
- Sun Sep 12 23:52:25 EDT 2010
UpsideI did this hike today, we followed a dry stream bed most of the way up (to the right of the stream that is running down the mountain) and skirted around the edge of the trees before making the final ascent. Pretty straightforward. A good hike, small skiff of fresh snow on the summit. Oh and worthy to note that my dog (bernese Mountain dog) handled this hike relatively easy too.
CommentI did this hike today, we followed a dry stream bed most of the way up (to the right of the stream that is running down the mountain) and skirted around the edge of the trees before making the final ascent. Pretty straightforward. A good hike, small skiff of fresh snow on the summit. Oh and worthy to note that my dog (bernese Mountain dog) handled this hike relatively easy too.
Posted By: Engor
- Thu Sep 02 11:19:52 EDT 2010
CommentDid it last year in mid-June. Took the route you recommend and it was really easy to follow.