Experience the gem of the Rockies on this adventurous 3 day trip
3 days of sightseeing and challenging hiking from our base in Waterton Lakes National Park.
The highlight of the trip is Crypt Lake, the crown jewel of hiking trails in the Canadian Rockies. Access starts with a ferry ride across Waterton Lake to the trailhead. From here we gain 700 m to our destination, passing through a short cave and traversing a narrow ledge with the assistance of a steel cable. Return distance is 17. 5 km.
National Geographic has rated this among the Worlds 20 Most Thrilling Trails!
Day 1- Meet at your hotel and depart from Calgary.
En route to Waterton we will stop at Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site.
Arriving in Waterton you will have ample time to explore the town site.
In the evening we will take a sightseeing drive on the Red Rock Parkway where we often see both Grizzly and Black Bears.
Day 2- Early breakfast. We will board a ferry at 8:30 and be transferred to the Crypt Lake trailhead. National Geographic has rated this one of the Worlds 20 Most Thrilling Trails. This is typically a 7 hour hike but we must return no later than 5:30 to catch the return ferry.
Day 3- Depart Waterton. Stop at Frank Slide before travelling the scenic Cowboy Trail to Highway 40. This will take us to the highest paved road in Canada and the start of the Ptarmigan Cirque trail. A 4. 5 km trail that will deliver us easily into the alpine where spectacular views and much fossilized corral await.
Following our hike you will be returned to your hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel.
End location: Your hotel.
Duration: 3 days
Vehicle type will be determined by size of group.
For two people we will travel in a clean and modern 4 door sedan.
-Licensed and certified private local guide.
-All transportation including return trip to Calgary in a private vehicle.
-All entrance fees, passes, permits.
-Campground fees. (Hotel accommodation available on request.)
-Group safety equipment.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
150 CAD - Local payments are required for meals only.
Numerous options exist in every price range.
-Equipment rental if required.
-Hotel accommodation if reqired.
Terrain free of alpine hazards. Examples of alpine hazards include:
o Areas of extensive rockfall hazard
o 3rd/4th/5th class terrain
o Snow avalanches
o Glacier travel