Hell Roaring Falls Hike

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5.3 km
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236 m
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Hell Roaring Falls Hike

The hike to Hell Roaring Falls in Waterton Lakes National Park can be approached by bike, boat, or on foot. Choose your own adventure when making your way to the main trailhead for Hell Roaring Falls. The steep and strenuous forested trail takes hikers up to the impressive Hell Roaring Falls adjacent to the Crypt Lake Trail.

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Route Description for Hell Roaring Falls Hike

Once you arrive at Crypt Landing by boat, bike, or on foot, follow the signs for Hell Roaring Falls. You will be competing for trail space with Crypt Lake hikers if you choose to take the boat. The trail to the falls veers off the main path to the right and climbs steeply to the viewpoint. Many hikers choose to add this trail to the end of the Crypt Lake trip as they would rather descend the Hell Roaring Falls Trail than endure the slog up it.

If you choose to hike or bike your way in, you’ll save yourself some time waiting around for the boat shuttle. It has a limited schedule, so if you take the boat, consider a one-way ride while adding in the relatively flat Wishbone Trail on either end of your trip.

Other amazing walks in Waterton Lakes National Park

Check out our guides to Bertha LakeCameron LakeRed Rock Canyon or Crypt Lake Hike. Or see all our hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park on 10Adventures.

Getting to the Hell Roaring Falls Hike Trailhead

From Waterton townsite, hikers may choose to take the Crypt Lake Shuttle to Crypt Landing or choose to hike or bike roughly 14.0 km from the Wishbone Trail. The boat shuttle is the best option and leaves from Waterton Marina in town.

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    Older Children only

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    Out and back

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