Bear’s Hump Overlooking Waterton Lakes

Bear's Hump Hike Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!

Bear's Hump Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!


Location: Waterton Lakes National Park – Alberta, Canada
Destination: Bear’s Hump
Distance: 1.8 Miles / 2.8 Kilometers round-trip from the parking lot
Elevation Gain: 656 feet / 200 Meters
Difficulty: Short Easy Hike – Great hike for families with children | Class 1 – Hiking with a low chance of injury

Click here for an overview map of the trail.

 

Bear’s Hump is a short hike, just 0.9 miles to the top and it offers spectacular views. It’s short and steep, but well worth the effort. We went with some family, and my 3 year old nephew made it to the top all by himself! I’m not sure how long it would normally take to hike this (about 30 minutes to the top?), but with a little one it took about an hour.

From the lookout, it looks as if you could continue hiking to the top of the mountain, named Mount Crandell. Just after the Bear’s Hump Lookout, the hiking turns into difficult scrambling so it’s not advisable to continue. If you want to scramble Mount Crandell, check out Alan Kane’s book for the correct route for this mountain.

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Bear's Hump Hike Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!

From the lookout, you can see the top of Mount Crandell.

Bear's Hump Hike Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!

Bear's Hump Hike Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!

From the top, the views of Waterton Lakes are spectacular! You can see the whole town of Waterton, including the Prince of Wales Hotel.

Bear's Hump Hike Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!

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Bear's Hump Hike Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!

Bear's Hump Hike Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!

To add a little more to your day, you might want to stop by the Bison Paddock just outside of Waterton. There is a loop that you can drive in your vehicle where there are plenty of vantage points to see the bison grazing or napping in the sun.

Bear's Hump Hike Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!

Bear's Hump Hike Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!

Bear's Hump Hike Overlooking Waterton | Get Inspired Everyday!

On the way home there was the best sunset in the mountains turning the mountains from gold to pink – perfect ending to a perfect day!

5 Comments on “Bear’s Hump Overlooking Waterton Lakes”

  1. Janelle

    We were up in Whitefish and Glacier last weekend. It’s so incredibly beautiful! I love seeing all of the different hikes you do – so lovely.

    1. Kari

      I think you would love Waterton as well, and if you’ve never been to Banff it’s really amazing. We like to spend most of our time in a town called Canmore which is near Banff but not nearly as crowded and the scenery is phenomenal!

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