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Bertha Lake Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 4 Star
Level: Moderate Time/Dist: 3 to 4 hours / 10.5K return Elevation Gain: 450m

Trailhead: Located on Evergreen Street at the southwest edge of the Waterton town site in Waterton National Park.

Description: This hike is very popular due to it's close proximity to the town of Waterton. Expect crowds of people during high season. The trail head parking lot is located on , in view of the Waterton Town Campground. Work your way up the trail as it slowly climbs Bertha Mountain. As you gain elevation, Waterton Lake will come into view. Within a short distance you'll notice a junction that leads towards a exposed lookout and park bench. Views south and across Waterton Lake are well worth the stop. Locate the main trail again and keep going towards Bertha Falls. Don't take the trail heading down on your left as it leads to Glacier National Park. Cross the wooden bridge at Bertha Falls continue on as the trail crosses a few avalanche slopes then up a series of switch backs located on Mount Richards. As you near the lake, upper Bertha Falls will come into view. Continue on a short distance from the falls until you reach Bertha Lake. Once you reach the lake, stay right and cross the bridge to the Bertha Lake back country campsite. If you still have the energy, you can continue on and hike around the entire lake. Views of Mount Richards, Mount Alderson and Bertha Peak are stunning. Bertha Lake offers good Cutthroat Trout fishing. You'll need a fishing license to try your luck, check regulations for closures. Ice is usually off the first week of July. 

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Bertha Lake back country campground shown in photos below, Alderson Lake back country campground, Crandle, Waterton Town Site and Belly River. Trailheads to Akamina Ridge, Buffalo Paddock, Blackiston Falls, Crandell Lake, Crypt Lake, Carthew Alderson, Cameron Lake, Forum Lake, Goat Haunt Waterton Lake, Goat Lake, Lineham Falls, Lineham Ridge, Red Rock Canyon, Rowe Lakes and Wall Lake are also located in this area. You are in bear country.

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