3 to 4 hours / 10.5K return
Elevation Gain: 450m
on Evergreen Street at the southwest edge of the Waterton town site in Waterton National Park.
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
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
to try your luck, check regulations for closures. Ice is usually off the first week of July.
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.