Sigh, it’s been so long since I wrote my last post. Truth be told, once the Big Mountain Challenge was over, I was on a bit of a self-imposed hiatus from anything social media. I’ve never done so much blogging, facebooking and tweeting in my life! But now it’s time to get back into the swing of things. I figured I’d start slow, so this is going to be a pretty short post.
Last weekend, I visited Waterton Lakes National Park with a few friends. I was there earlier this year as the bears were awaking and the ticks were in full force. This time, the trip had a specific purpose: To hike to Crypt Lake, which was on my list.
Ever since I heard about the Crypt Lake hike, I was sold. And the hike certainly did not disappoint! After boarding a ferry from the harbour in Waterton, we headed to Crypt Landing. We had about 7 hours to complete the entire hike, which was definitely enough time. There were quite a few people on the ferry, all eager and excited. The weather was cooperating, and we were pumped!
The hike was a gradual climb among one of the most beautiful areas in Canada. Actually, it was voted “Canada’s Best Hike” in 1981! Along the way, we journeyed through forests, passed waterfalls, crawled through a natural tunnel created by erosion, traversed along a rock face while holding onto a steel cable, and was then rewarded with the amazingly bluish waters of Crypt Lake. The scenery was gorgeous the entire time, and the views of the colourful valley was incredible. We even caught sight of a mountain goat on the side of the mountain. Very cool!
All in all, I would recommend Crypt Lake for anyone wanting an amazing day hike that’s challenging enough to feel like work has been done, but do-able enough to ensure a sense of accomplishment! The total time for our hike, with stops for breaks and lunch, was 6 hours and 40 minutes. It took 3 hours from Crypt Landing to the lake. There’s a 700 metre elevation gain and a roundtrip distance of 17.2 km. Not too bad for a day’s work, and definitely worth it. And just like that… Crypt Lake, you’re off the list!