6 to 8 hours / 22.5K return
Elevation Gain: 1340m
Local campgrounds include
Bertha Lake back country campground shown in photos below,
Alderson Lake back country campground,
Trailheads to Akamina Ridge,
Canyon, Rowe Lakes and
Wall Lake are
also located in this area.
You are in bear country.
Located on the Cameron
Lake road approximately 14.5km from the town of Waterton in Waterton National Park.
Park at the Akamina trailhead.
Akamina Provincial Park is in British Columbia however the trailhead is located on the Alberta side within
Waterton National Park. The most popular route is the Forum Lake to Wall Lake
loop. The cliff band scramble can be avoided if you approach Akamina Ridge from Wall Lake
however it will be a very long day. From the trailhead walk up an
old logging road towards Forum and Wall Lakes
until you reach the Forum Lake junction, turn left and continue on another 2.4km
to Forum Lake. Note the dense, lush and green
undergrowth in this area. Continue along the lake shore for a short distance and
locate the west ridge trail on your right. Follow the trail towards Forum Lake
and Wall Lake lookout, as it steeply
ascends through spectacular alpine meadows. Enjoy the lake views at the lookout before scrambling up 40 meters of
ledges. Hands and feet will be required and not advised for those who are afraid
of heights. Once you're clear of the ledges the going gets easy, continue on along
the ridge above Wall Lake. Outstanding panoramic views will reward you for your
effort. Upper Kintla Lake,
Kintla Peak and Kinnerly Peak dominate the south horizon located a few
kilometers away in the the US. Follow
the ridge west then descend down to Wall Lake passing towering green cliffs,
beautiful lush meadows and an old growth forest that I'm sure is enchanted. The
variety of wildflowers that can be found here is simply unbelievable. This is
without question one of the finest hikes in the Canadian Rockies. The best
I've read regarding this valley is by
in his book, Classic Hikes of The Canadian Rockies.