Time and distance are for a one way trip. A car shuttle is required unless you get dropped off at Cameron Lake, where this trail begins. It ends at the Bertha trailhead.
This is one of the longest trails in Waterton Lakes National Park. It is also one of the least visited, probably because of a lack of destination plus the fact that most of it is really just a long walk through the forest. Having said that, there are several points of interest along the trail. There are great views into Glacier National Park (U.S.) along the first couple of km, there are 2 unofficial border crossings and it's not a physically demanding trail, except for the length.
The trail starts at Cameron Lake for a 4km segment up to Summit Lake. This is the only demanding portion and is not very demanding at all. At Summit Lake the Boundary Creek Trail begins as you go past the lake instead of turning left for the Alderson-Carthew Trail. From Summit Lake, the trail begins a series of very gentle switchbacks down into the Boundary Creek basin. At times the trail can be quite overgrown but is still fairly easy to find. After about 4km from Summit Lake, you will arrive at the first border crossing. Owing to the continued relationship between our 2 countries, you just walk right through. Let's hope it always stays that way.
The next 9km is a walk in the forest, easy but relatively unspectacular. It does improve as you get nearer to Boundary Creek. After 9km you will arrive at the Waterton Lakeshore Trail. Turn left and proceed through another unoffical border crossing and on to Waterton townsite, 7km further, to arrive at the Bertha trailhead.
Start at Cameron Lake in Waterton, take the Summit Lake trail. Leave a vehicle at the Bertha trailhead or take the Waterton Hiker's Shuttle (operated by Tamarack Outfitters) to Cameron Lake.
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Posted By: Sammantha
- Mon Sep 12 00:58:59 UTC 2011
Questionhey, this is Samantha from alpine stables i had taken you on your ride to get some pictures for the Waterton paper i was just curious as to if you still had the photos and if i would be able to get them.
Thanks so much
Hope to hear from you soon
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