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.

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Frank Slide and Turtle Mountain

Frank Slide and Turtle Mountain | Get Inspired Everyday!

Frank Slide and Turtle Mountain | Get Inspired Everyday!


Location: Just off Highway #3 Crowsnest Pass – Alberta, Canada
Destination: Turtle Mountain Summit
Distance: 6.5 Miles / 10.4 Kilometers round-trip
Elevation: 7,250 Feet / 2,209 Meters
Elevation Gain: 2,900 Feet / 884 Meters
Difficulty: Moderate Scramble | Mostly Class 2 – The Trail gets into some Class 3 near the top involving brief points of exposure. Climbing gear is not required. Route finding can be difficult at points.

Click here for an overview map of the trail.

 

This is the scene from the highway, where you can see half of Turtle Mountain spread across the valley floor. The slide took place on the morning of April 29, 1903 when 90 million tons of rock slid off the side of Turtle Mountain covering the town of Frank below, making this Canada’s deadliest rock slide.

We have driven the highway through the middle of this rock slide for the last 4 years, without having time to stop and hike. Now that we are more stationary, we decided it was high time to hike Turtle Mountain. From the parking lot, you can see the trail leading to the first summit, (the photo below). In the photo above, you can see the first summit and the true summit is on the left.

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Crypt Lake

Crypt Lake | Get Inspired Everyday!

Crypt Lake | Get Inspired Everyday!

The hike to Crypt Lake starts with a 15 minute boat ride across Waterton Lake to the trail head. The trail climbs 2,300 feet through the trees into awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks. Crypt Lake alone is worth the hike because it’s incredibly stunning, but the hike also has many points of interest along the way.

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Miner’s Peak

Miner's Peak

Miner's Peak

It was a phenomenal day in the mountains just west of Calgary in a town called Canmore. Canmore is situated in a corridor created by two mountain ranges running along either side. Overlooking the town are two peaks that are connected by a ridge, Ha Ling Peak and Miner’s Peak. ┬áIf you get started in the morning it is pretty easy to do both in a day.

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