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A well-maintained, forested trail along Upper Waterton Lake.


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4.2

Miles

6.8

KM

90%

Runnable

4,507' 1,374 m

High

4,218' 1,286 m

Low

609' 186 m

Up

608' 185 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

One can continue and cross the USA/Canada border at the end of this trail - be sure to have proper ID and any other required permits/paperwork if you plan to cross.

Description

Lakeshore Trail begins at a parking area on the southwest side of Waterton Townsite. The trail immediately enters the fir forest. It is a fairly wide, and fairly flat trail. The trail runs along Upper Waterton Lake, sometimes near the lakeshore, and sometimes a bit farther away from the lake. The lake can be seen through the trees, and there are viewing areas along the way to admire the views.

After about 4.2 miles, Lakeshore Trail reaches the USA/Canadian border. From here, the trail continues through the forest, along Upper Waterton Lake for about another 4.6 miles into the States. The trail ends at Goat Haunt. Goat Haunt has a boat dock, and there is a boat service that runs between Waterton Townsite and Goat Haunt for those that prefer to hike one-way on this trail. It is an 8.8-mile run from Waterton Townsite to Goat Haunt.

Due to the international border, with different Land Managers that have their own trail rules, overnight camping systems, criteria for trail closures, and so forth, this trail mapping is for the Canadian side only.

This is a segment of the GDT (Great Divide Trail).

Flora & Fauna

Firs and other forest vegetation.

Contacts

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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#55

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#8,894

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At the Canada/USA border looking east across Upper Waterton Lake, the dock and Parks boat that carries tourists between Waterton Townsite, Waterton National Park, Canada and Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park, USA.
Jul 25, 2022 near Swiftcu…, MT
Upper Waterton Lake, looking south from near the start of Lakeshore Trail. Lots of new green growth in the recovering 2017 Kenow Fire burn area.
Jul 25, 2022 near Pincher…, AB
Canada/USA border - monuments and cutline showing to the east on the far side of Upper Waterton Lake.
Jul 25, 2022 near Swiftcu…, MT
Rugged mountains across Upper Waterton Lake near the Canada/USA border, seen looking southeast from a small beach along Lakeshore Trail.
Jul 25, 2022 near Pincher…, AB
Waterton Lake offers a gorgeous treat after a long day of adventuring.
Dec 11, 2016 near Pincher…, AB
Beautiful Upper Waterton Lake is seen through the forest along Lakeshore Trail.
Jul 25, 2022 near Pincher…, AB

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