Rowe Lakes Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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4-5.5h
Distance
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12.9 km
Elevation
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648 m
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Rowe Lake Trail

Hiking to Rowe Lakes is an excellent way to spend a few hours in Waterton National Park. It’s a pleasant forested trail that leads to stunning alpine lakes. This is an excellent option for those looking for a shorter hike with a bit of challenge and breathtaking views.

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Route Description for Rowe Lakes Trail

From the trailhead, you will begin your hike on the clear path through the forest. Continue for 3.5 km, where you will come to a junction that leads to Mount Lineham on the right. Stay on the main trail for another 200 m before reaching another junction. This junction leads to the Lower Rowe Lake in 200 m. You may choose to take this detour on your way up or down, but it is definitely worth the visit.

From the Lower Rowe Lake junction, continue on the trail as it skirts around the mountain for 1.3 km. You will come to another junction that leads to Lineham Ridge to your right. Stay left for another 1km uphill to Upper Rowe Lake. There is a small circuit that takes you to an outflow lake between the two Rowe Lakes. Return the way you came to finish your hike.

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 Rowe Lakes Trail Trailhead

To get to the Rowe Lakes trailhead, you’ll take Highway 5 from Waterton townsite and turn left onto the Akamina Parkway. Follow this until you see a sign on your right for the Rowe Creek Trail. Turn into the lot and park here.

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