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“This was a little scary”
Review of Crypt Lake Trail

Crypt Lake Trail
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Our family of 4 teenaged boys and 2 parents did this hike in August. I felt in general that it was a little overrated, and parts of the trail could be dangerous. The boat ride over was pleasant and the boat captain was charming, but again, this was quite an expensive 15 minute ride for a family of 6. In retrospect, there really was not anything particularly special about this hike other than the fact that we crawled through a tunnel and tip toed over big drops.

If you are in the area and have limited time, I would recommend the Iceberg lake hike at Glacier National Park instead.

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Reviewed 22 August 2014

This trail had a lot of fanfare, and being English and cynical, it was difficult not to be a little wary of the hype and hoopla surrounding it. We were even given a little pep talk on the boat trip over. But it merits the hype - if you enjoy hiking, this trail is a must-do.

We didn't need to pre-book the ferry (it was peak season July but Waterton is fairly relaxed in comparison to other national parks), but it was busy. You won't be alone on the trail, but that doesn'tt take away from the amazing views and sights. For sure one of the best hikes I've ever done, for the variety of landscapes, the amazing views (of mountains, waterfalls and forests), the fun tunnel section and of course the lake, which I hadn't expected to be so stunning! We even went for a dip, but obviously it was a quick one given there is still ice on the water in mid-July.

We managed the hike getting the 10am boat (or is it 10:30?) and returning on the 16:00, but we were rushing on the way back so I'd probably advise just taking your time and enjoying the lake. Take plenty of water - half the hike is in the open and it was a scorcher the day we went.

Thank Ricky_111618
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

There are tons of bears around this area. But that kind of applies to the entire Waterton area in general but in particular, this trail near the middle base area has a lot of foliage you have to battle through which causes two issues: 1. It reduces your visibility through the woods and 2. A lot of this foliage is actually comprised of berries which bears feed on.

So during our hike, we saw two instances of bears popping out of the foliage and meandering through the trail one time in front of us and another time behind us. Now they were just black bears so its not as big a deal but I was glad to have bear spray with me in case they decided a bigger meal was on the menu.

Despite the threat of bears, this trail is amazing. After the boat ride, going up onto the plateau and then hiking along the ravines and seeing all the waterfalls etc is quite spectacular. I didn't find the steep part through the cave and chains to be that bad, I mean, kids were carrying inflatable rafts up, so if you are in decent shape with okay flexibility and can use your hands, you'll make it...just don't look down.

1  Thank biomase
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

This walk is over-hyped (probably by the boat people who want to take you there.) It's good, but there's alot like this in Waterton, which is amazing. The tunnel and ladder feature 'sells' it, but you just want to get through them quickly to lose the crowds waiting It feels like a'package tour' walk, and the antithesis of what you come to mountain areas for. Although you get strung out as the walk progresses, you end up with barely a quiet spot left for lunch at the lake itself. Take off on your own and lose the crowds.

2  Thank Ken E
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

The trip across the lake to the start point is good, with the staff from the cruise company providing useful information about the route etc.
The hike is relatively easy but was quite busy with only 2 shuttle boats most people take the first one to leave plenty of time to complete it.
There is a loop route via 'Hell Roaring Falls', I wouldn't bother with the extra time it takes as they aren't hellish or particularly roaring and you cannot get close to them either. If you do decide to take this extra loop do it on the way back as the climb will be easier that way.
On the main route there are some spectacular sights and the odd bit which tests your mettle as the path narrows and you enter the tunnel. I am 6ft 3 and just found you have to monkey crawl through it dragging your day sac behind you. Overall the hike is well worth it and a very pleasant walk.

Thank Iain W
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