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Carthew - Alderson Trail

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Highly recommended challenging hike. Best to start from Cameron Lake - a shuttle is available to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ottawa, Canada
Unfortunately road to Cameron Lake closed so did part of this in reverse

Started in village and got to Alderson Lake round trip in about 3.5 hours ( 15 km), but couldn't... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
paul m
Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommended challenging hike. Best to start from Cameron Lake - a shuttle is available to take you to Cameron Lake to start the 20km one-way trip back to town. Bring lots of water, bug spray and bear spray. We saw a bear pretty close...More

1  Thank KarenB0560
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Started in village and got to Alderson Lake round trip in about 3.5 hours ( 15 km), but couldn't get further due to 2 meter snowdrifts covering trail to Carthew Lakes. Wonderful views at Alderson.

1  Thank paul m
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This 18 km + hike is for experienced hikers only, and requires a shuttle. Check the weather forecast and trail conditions with the parks information centre before going on this hike. Wear good hiking boots and clothing for unpredictable weather. Carthew summit gets very windy...More

Thank JJawandering
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a bit of a hike to do. I believe it was just over 20kms. It is a hike that you need to be dropped off at because it hikes from Cameron Lake to the townsite of Waterton just by Cameron Falls. Not recommended...More

Thank Getoutside14
Reviewed 10 January 2017

This is a beautiful hike with something to enjoy every step of the way. Our group of 9 arrived at the trail head at 11AM and finished around 7PM. However, we were worried about finishing the trail before sunset, and skipped the summit at the...More

1  Thank JoUET11
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Everyone is like blah blah Crypt Lake is the most beautiful hike in the park blah blah but OMG how is this trail overlooked. We did this hike on a rainy (sometimes hailing) day and it's beauty shined through with ease. Sometimes narrow at times...More

1  Thank Brea C
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

One of the very few likes I would do again! You need to be quite fit as the ascent is around 900m from Cameron lake and the total trail length is 19km. But the views are amazing and from Summit lake the trail just keeps...More

Thank Mitchrj1
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Carthew-Alderson is one of the three Waterton Triple Crown hikes. It takes about 6 to 8 hours depending on your speed and the weather conditions. You hike from Cameron Lake, one-way, back into town. The hike is of medium difficulty, but should only be attempted...More

1  Thank Karen T
Reviewed 13 August 2016

We loved this hike! We took the first hiker shuttle from town and had an amazing day. The variety of breathtaking sites along the way was outstanding! It was tough, though. Not for the "flip-flop" crowd. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone afraid of heights...More

Thank dfries10
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We started this trail from Cameron Lake - took the shuttle to trailhead which is mandatory (and free) in 2016 due to closure of the Akamina Parkway. Simply outstanding!! The views are breathtaking. 650m climb in the first 8 kms and then 1,100m of downhill...More

2  Thank 2Calgarytravlers
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