4 to 5 hours / 14K return
Elevation Gain: 130m
Two options. Boat shuttles
depart from the boat dock in the town of Waterton or hike the lake shore
starting on Evergreen Street at the southwest edge of the Waterton town site in Waterton National Park.
Boat there and hike back or Hike and boat back.
The Waterton Lake Shore hike offers two options. The favorite is catching a tour
boat to Goat Haunt located in Glacier National Park United States, then hiking
back one way to the Town of Waterton. Or the exact opposite by hiking to Goat
Haunt and then catching a tour boat back. If you park at the marina in Waterton,
elevation is the same for either direction. I prefer taking the tour boat to
Goat Haunt then hiking back to Waterton. You don't have to worry about missing
the return boat and you can waste the day away on the hike back. Catch the early
morning tour boat to Goat Haunt located at the Waterton Marina. Enjoy the 1 hour
cruise down upper Waterton Lake. Once you arrive at Goat Haunt in Glacier
national Park, you'll have to check in and provide US customs your passport.
After you're cleared to go, locate the signed trail behind the customs building
and follow it back towards the Waterton town site. You'll notice right away that
there is more humidity here. The undergrowth is much more dense and lush than
the north end of Waterton Lake. You'll also notice that in Glacier National Park
they groom the trail by cutting down the vegetation a meter or so on both sides.
Something I've never seen in Canada. Cross the suspension bridge across the
Waterton River and stay on trail as it passes by the Waterton River back county
campsite. Although the trail seems to follow the lake shore, views of Waterton
Lake are not often seen. Once you reach Boundary Bay and the location of the
Canada/US border marker, there is an interesting view of a cutline in both
directions defining the border. Boundary Bay back county campground is located
on the Canadian side of the border marker. Continue on to Bertha Bay back
country campsite then Bertha Lake & Falls junction. From here, It's all down
hill until you reach the Waterton town site and your parked vehicle at the
Local campgrounds include
Bertha Lake back country campground shown in photos below,
Alderson Lake back country campground,
Canyon, Rowe Lakes and
Wall Lake are
also located in this area.
You are in bear country.