I did this hike in an extended trip (5 nights) and stayed at Hole in the Wall, Head of Kintla Lake, Boulder Pass x2 and Lake Francis. I would recommend staying at either lake Francis or Hole in the Wall one night and then at Boulder Pass the second. If you arrive early enough and are up for a 1300 foot climb then i would strongly recommend taking 2 hours to climb up and down Boulder Peak which presents very awarding views of the Waterton Valley and many majestic peaks.
We started at Goat Haunt and stayed at Hole in the Wall. Then Walked up to Boulder Pass and down to Kintla lake. The next day we took the 3500 foot ascent back up the way we came and stayed a well deserved 2 nights at the Boulder campground. Boulder campground is situated at approx. 7500 feet above sea level and is one of the highest campgrounds in the park.
The campground itself is at the base of a massive rock formation and provides spectacular views of Kintla and Kinnerly peaks. The pit toilet is in the open and provides a fantastic view of Agassiz Glacier and the peaks around it. there is a stream that runs through right by the campground and we utilized the opportunity of snow to make kool-aid flavoured slurpees.
Because we stayed 2 nights and we were there in August my dad and I and another hiker that we met took a little hike up to Boulder Peak gave spectacular views of Pocket lake and numerous high peaks around us. When we returned the 4 of us walked around a while and soon discovered a nice meadow full of ponds and wild flowers. Then we returned to camp and watched a few mountain goats that later put on an amazing climbing show, where they climbed a sheer 400 foot face within a half hour. I believe they live there because they are seen there often by other hikers. They wandered into camp but were no harm whatsoever.
the next day we hiked out to Lake Francis back the way we came. This is a must do hike for all those who enjoy indescribable scenery.
Either start at goat haunt after taking the shuttle across Waterton lake or drive 7 hours to Kintla Lake.
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