Waterton Lakes National Park
Talus slope and tunnel approach on the Crypt Lake Hike in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

Scrambles in Waterton Lakes National Park

Region in Alberta, Canada
Waterton Lakes National Park Scrambling Map

Waterton Lakes National Parks goes under the radar for most visitors coming to Alberta for its stellar nature. This magnificent park lies near the US border, sharing similar topography to the neighbouring Glacier National Park in Montana.

Boasting the stunning geography that’s synonymous with the Rocky Mountains, a trip to Waterton will include vast mountain views, glimmering alpine lakes, and an extensive network of hiking routes ranging from easy to difficult. The most challenging routes in Waterton are its scrambles, but they offer some of the most epic views.

Scrambling in Waterton Lakes National Park is not for the faint of heart or inexperienced hiker. The best scrambles in Waterton will push you out of your comfort zone and call upon your route-finding skills. As you pass over technical sections of boulder fields and faint paths, you’ll be met with sweeping vistas of prairies to the east and a sea of forested and snow-capped peaks to the west.

For anyone heading to southern Alberta seeking a rewarding hiking experience, don’t miss out on the scrambles in Waterton Lakes National Park. We promise these routes are breathtaking, figuratively and literally. Grab your poles and explore!

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The best Scrambles in Waterton Lakes National Park

Akamina Ridge Hike-01

01. Akamina Ridge Trail

12.0mi 3,907ft 6 - 8 h

Akamina Ridge is an incredible hike and a must-do when visiting Waterton Lakes National Park.… Read More

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Vimy Peak Trail

02. Vimy Peak Trail

11.7mi 3,734ft 6 - 8 h

The Vimy Peak trail is a challenging trail, with a very challenging river fjord of… Read More

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Avion Ridge Hike

03. Avion Ridge Scrambling Trail

15.0mi 4,908ft 8 - 10 h

Avion Ridge is an exciting hike with an option to hit a summit on the… Read More

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Sofa Mountain Trail

04. Sofa Mountain Scramble

8.4mi 3,451ft 5 - 6 h

The Sofa Mountain Trail scramble gains over 3281ft elevation in a short amount… Read More

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Bertha Peak Map

05. Bertha Peak Trail

9.7mi 4,088ft 5-8 h

The Bertha Peak Trail will challenge even the hardiest hikers. You’ll gain wonderful lake vistas… Read More

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