Wishbone Trail

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1.5-2h
Distance
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6.9 km
Elevation
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99 m
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wishbone trail

Starting from just out of town, the Wishbone Trail is a great hiking and biking trail that follows an old fire road. This trail links up to other popular scrambles in the area, including Vimy Peak and Crypt Lake. It’s a great trail for all abilities and easily modified to meet the distance you’re looking for.

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Route Description for Wishbone Trail

The hike along the Wishbone Trail is very straightforward. The trail begins on an old fire road and narrows further down the trail. You’ll pass through the Maskinonge wetlands, which is an excellent place for birdwatching and photography.

Further down the trail, you will be required to cross Sofa Creek, which should be small and manageable in the summer. Catch views through the trees as they appear along this flat, forested trail. Beware that this is a multi-use trail, and you may run into cyclists and horseback riders along the trail.

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 Wishbone Trail Trailhead

From the Town of Waterton, you’ll need to take Highway 5 eastbound to get to Wishbone Trail. Turn onto the Chief Mountain Highway and pull into the Wishbone Trail parking lot on the right.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June–October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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