6 to 8 hours / 20.5K return
Elevation Gain: 1025m loss
in Waterton National Park. This is a classic shuttle hike that can be completed
from either direction,
Lake to Cameron Falls. Cameron Falls trail head is located in the
Waterton Towne site. Alderson Carthew is part of the Great Divide Trail.
is considered the best one
way shuttle hike in the Canadian
Certainly one of the best hikes in
Waterton National Park. By using a
local shuttle bus it will allow you to hike
the entire route in one day. Hiking
from Cameron Lake, elevation gain is 650m
and a total loss of
allow 6 to 8 hours one way. Catch a
bus, or shuttle a car from the
Waterton Town site to
Locate the Alderson Carthew Summit
trailhead near the
parking lot. Work your way up past Summit
Lake towards Carthew Summit (ridge).
Be aware that the weather,
especially the wind on Carthew Ridge
is in a constant state of change and
can be severe. Carrying proper outer
wear and lots of water is a must.
Once you reach Carthew Summit,
actually the ridge, you'll see a
lookout located a short distance
away to your right. Views towards
Glacier National park located in the
US and the surrounding valleys are absolutely stunning. While
enjoying the views from the lookout,
you can take comfort in knowing the
is all down hill. Head
back to the main trail and follow it
North along the ridge as it leads down towards
Carthew and Alderson Lakes. Keep
your eyes out for Big Horn Sheep
that may be staring back at you from
the talus slopes above. Alderson
Carthew Lakes offer good Cutthroat
Trout fishing. You'll need a
to try your luck, check regulations for closures.
Once you pass Alderson Lake and it's
back country campground, the last
7km's or so leads you through an old
growth fir and spruce forest. Without the distraction of the beautiful views,
this section of trail seems a bit of a drudge. Before long you'll arrive at the
top of Cameron Falls near the Waterton Towne site.
Alderson Lake back country
campground (shown in the photos
Canyon, Rowe Lakes and
Wall Lake are
also located in this area.
You are in bear country.