Crandell Lake is a great half day hike in Waterton Lakes National Park. It’s just a few short miles with an easy grade, which makes it suitable for almost any age! The scenery is definitely worth a trip in, and the lake makes an excellent place to have some lunch (there’s a picnic shelter and everything). The start of this trail is located just off the Red Rock Canyon road, so it’s ideally situated for multiple adventures in one day – you could easily hike to the lake, and then continue up the road to see Red Rock Canyon.
I’m not sure what the trail traffic is like mid-summer, but in the fall there were only 3 other people, and the day was pretty quiet. The Red Rock Canyon road is where bears are most frequently sited, so be sure to bring along your bear spray, and your camera (I’ve never seen them whilst on the trails in Waterton, but we almost always see them from the car)!
There’s even a picnic shelter at the lake where you can enjoy your lunch in the shade. We preferred to sit in the sunshine since it was in the late fall. And… speaking of late fall – why am I posting fall pictures in the spring you ask? Well… 2 reasons really, fall is a great time to hike and since you’re seeing it right now in the spring, you’ll have plenty of time to plan a trip there this year! Secondly, we went on a long adventure last fall and I’m almost finished posting our adventures from last September and October (1 more post from this trip and then I’m done – promise)!
By mid afternoon, the sun is almost blinding at the lake – bring your sunglasses and camera filters!
This is a view of the trail on the hike back out – not too shabby!
As I mentioned, this hike takes off from the Red Rock Canyon road – as you can see the color of the rock is extra stunning when the fall foliage is at it’s peak!
I’ll leave you with a shot from the drive out of the park. See you soon for the last (finally) hike from this 27 part Canadian Adventure series!