4 to 6 hours / 14K return
Elevation Gain: 515m
Located at the
parking lot Waterton National Park.
the lower bridge and follow an old
logging road called Snow Shoe Trail.
Snow Shoe Trail heads into the
Blackiston Valley and offers
some of the best mountain biking in
Waterton National Park. Expect to
share the first 4.5km
with mountain bikes and horse
outfitters heading towards
South Kootenay Pass. At
you'll see a signed trail on your
right heading north towards Goat
Lake. The remaining
2.5km of the trail quickly turns
into a steep climb with a few switch backs that offer beautiful views of Goat
Falls and the Blackiston Valley below. Beware of falling rocks from the cliffs
above as you traverse the upper section of the trail. Once you arrive at the top
of the falls the trail enters an old growth spruce and fir forest. Crystal clear
Goat Creek runs alongside the trail for a short distance until you reach the
lake. Follow the trail past the Goat Lake backcountry campground towards the
north shore of the lake where you'll find a log bench. This is an excellent spot
to have your lunch and look for goats that may be on the surrounding cliffs.
Goat 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,
Canyon, Rowe Lakes and
Wall Lake are
also located in this area.
You are in bear country.