Lineham Falls

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2.5-3.5h
Distance
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9.1 km
Elevation
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340 m
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Overall Rating
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9.8
Physical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Panorama from the Lineham Falls hike in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

The Lineham Falls hike is an awesome Waterton activity. The trail passes along a bubbling creak and offers sweeping mountain views. This hike courses through an avalanche path and culminates in a beautiful waterfall view. The best part of the hike is the real possibility that you may have the trail to yourself.

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Route Description for Lineham Falls

Note that much of Waterton National Park was severely impacted by the 2017 Kenow Wildfire. To find out what trails are open, please check the Parks Canada website.

It begins as a wide, fairly flat gravel trail through trees, but quickly it begins a steady climb that continues for 2.0 km. After 1.0 km the trail narrows and leaves the trees, giving wide-open views for the next kilometre. Scan the ridge to the right for mountain goats; pause to look behind at Buchanan Ridge stretching along the horizon. To the left is the impressive Mount Lineham.

At around 2.0 km, the trail levels off and soon re-enters the forest, crossing several creek beds before continuing to climb. Shortly after 3.0 km the trail opens up to offer the first glimpse of Lineham Falls. The trail then descends down an avalanche run-off from Mount Blakiston to travel along Lineham Creek. At 3.5 km there is a short spur trail down to the creek to view a small waterfall series.

There is a final steep ascent before the trail emerges completely from the trees where you will be greeted by a sign marked ‘Trail Ends’ at 4.2 km. The ending is rather abrupt and doesn’t offer a bench or seating to enjoy the view; but the views are excellent, none-the-less.

Straight ahead Lineham Creek plunges 100 m. To the left towers Mount Lineham and to the right is Mount Blakiston and Ruby Ridge. Take some time to enjoy the view before returning the way you came.

Insider Hints for Lineham Falls

  • With moderate elevation gain and an attainable distance, this is a great hike to take kids on; still, it’s best to prepare them in advance for the slightly anti-climactic trail end so they won’t be disappointed by the lack of rocks to climb or lake to splash in.
  • If you’re looking for a quiet hike in Waterton, this is the one.

Getting to the Lineham Falls Trailhead

From Waterton townsite, head North on Highway 5 for 250 m past the edge of town and take a signed left for Cameron Lake. You're now on the famous Akamina Parkway, where you'll drive for 9.0 km to a small pullout on the right-hand side. The trailhead is signed as Lineham.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May to October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Toilets

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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