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Waterton Lake Trail

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Length

4.5 Miles 7.3 Kilometers

99%

Runnable

Elevation

217' 66 m

Ascent

-215' -66 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

4,285' 1,306 m

High

4,212' 1,284 m

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A level trail through airy forests with some views of Waterton Lake up to the US/Canada border.

Jake Bramante

Overview

Bring bear spray. If crossing the border, make sure you have obtained permission beforehand.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Spring — Views — Wildflowers [Add/Remove]
Dogs: No Dogs

Runner Notes [Suggest Changes]

Pleasant, level trail running trail.

Description [Suggest Changes]

The trail starts near the Goat Haunt Ranger Station where it wanders through the trees paralleling the Waterton River. A large swinging bridge across the river takes you north. As you travel through the trees you pass the Waterton River Campground Trail, then pass the Boulder Pass Trail. You continue on through some small meadows and trees towards Waterton Lake.

As you head north, you get closer to the lake, eventually getting to its treed shoreline. You roughly follow the shoreline with intermittent views. Because the vegetation grows right to the edge of the lake, you never really get open, panoramic views of the lake. It does, however allow you to see the lake and some waterfowl on it.

The forest and occasional meadows with views to the surrounding, stunning peaks are very nice and level all the way up to Boundary Creek. Just before crossing Boundary Creek, the North Boundary Trail takes off to the west. From here, the trail goes over Boundary Creek in a particularly cool cascading section of the creek with beautiful rock walls. Another 1/3 mile takes you to the wide swath cut out of the trees and some monuments letting you know that you're at the US/Canada Border. Just across the border is the Boundary Bay Campground in Waterton Lakes National Park.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to run.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

Forest plants and birds as well as some waterfowl. Occasional animals may be seen, but the forest obscures many.

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