Weekend at Waterton - Crypt Lake - NO BEGINNERS!!!

Please RSVP yes if you are going to join us. Please do not RSVP No, if you are not.

We are going to spend the September Long week-end at Waterton National Lake - Crypt Lake.
We would get to Waterton on Friday evening, stay overnight camping or in a Motel / Hotel in Waterton. We would do CRYPT LAKE Saturday, stay a second night, and drive back on Sunday. That gives us Monday to recouperate.

This trip will not be cheap! The car fare will be the actual cost of gas split by the number of passengers (look up the mileage to get there and back), and there will be the cost of 2 nights in a motel or camp ground, as well as the cost of the boat ride. You will have to bring CASH. DO NOT sign up for this unless you ARE SURE you are going. Reservations for the boat and the camp ground or motel have to be made and paid for SOON. NONREFUNDABLE.

Crypt Lake:
Hiking Distance: 17.4 k return
Elevation Gain: 300 m (2,300 ft)
Hiking time 6 hrs +
Boat transfer: 30 Min. each way

PLEASE READ DESCRIPTION ENTIRELY.
NOTE: The Crypt Lake Hike commences at the TRAILHEAD (WATERTON MARINA). Please arrange your own accommodation.

The boat leaves the Marina at 9:00 am. Tickets are sold on first come basis. Be on time or miss the boat! Book the boat tickets as soon as possible once you have positively decided for sure you are going on this trip!! Booking boat tickets is YOUR responsibility.

http://www.watertoncruise.com/crypt-lake.php

The Crypt Lake Hike while challenging, is one of the most rewarding hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park. Voted "Canada's Best Hike" in 1981, Crypt Lake truly lives up to its reputation.

The hike is accessed via the local ferry service, and begins with a gradual climb through shaded forests. As you progress into the hanging valley, the forest begins to thin out, and you begin the strenuous section of the hike.

Immediately after Burnt Rock Falls, the hike steadily climbs up onto the open alpine mountain side. During this section of the hike, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Crypt Valley as well as that of the cascading Crypt Falls.
After continuing over the alpine creek adjacent to the campground you follow the trail towards the ledge and tunnel.

Those of you who are acrophobic or claustrophobic, please take note of the following trail description and photo below.......

The ledge is about 50 cm wide, and continues to a steel ladder providing access to the tunnel. After climbing the ladder you will crawl 100 ft through a natural mountain tunnel before arriving at a cable traverse. This next section of the hike involves a scramble along a sheer cliff, with the assistance of a steel cable affixed to the cliff face.

After the scramble you make your way through a shaded forest before arriving at Crypt Lake. The hike is a total of 17.4 km round trip, with a gradual 2,300-foot elevation gain.

Please ensure that you are physically able to do the Hike.

The organizer has NOT done this hike before. We will be hiking this for the first time together and the organizer will not be able to assist you on the hike if you freeze up, freak out, or fall off. I'm not babysitting.

RSVP:
You are responsible to arrange your transportation (car pool from Shouldice with other members or drive on your own) and accommodation - camp site or motel (solo or with other members).

Roundtrip Hike Time: 6 hours +
Height gain: 300 M
Distance: 17.4 km
Level:
This is a moderate HIKE with some physically and mentally challenging sections. Please be realistic about your abilities. Please gauge your abilities appropriately. I can't carry anyone out.

Weather forecast: unknown.....
Trail conditions: unknown......

EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly in the mountains in September!  -- rain, hail, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- ALWAYS BE PREPARED. NO COTTON!


Mandatory - A sense of humour, plenty of food, at least 3 litres of water (for on hike), layers, sturdy boots (unless you’re going shopping, runners or sandals are never appropriate footwear)

Recommended - camera, gaiters, microspikes, hiking poles, personal first aid kit, camping gear...etc, etc.

No kids or dogs on this trip.

We will start making arrangements through email and have an organizational meeting prior to the trip. Arrangements for camping space or motel rooms, and the boat shuttle will have to be made soon!

Disclaimer: As a responsible adult you assume full responsibility and all liability for your own safety and well-being. You are sure you can complete the event with the group. You will monitor and control your behavior and actions so as to be respectful to everyone on the hike, on the trail, and in the campground. Your participation in this event means you have read this waiver and by signing up for this event you have accepted the waiver. If you have not answered "yes" in your profile you will not be accepted to participate. You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being, and that you are fully prepared with proper gear and you are physically fit to do this hike with the group.

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  • Jessica C.

    We had so much fun on this trip! Thanks Karen for organizing!!

    September 3, 2012

  • Karen L

    Great weekend, great company, great hikes, great food, wacky weather!!

    September 3, 2012

  • Candice B.

    Fun weekend. Friday going up bears hump, veiws were great and no wind! Saturday started wet with the rain pelting us on the boat but sun for the rest of the hike. What a hike. The walk on the edge was not that difficult, tunnel was fine. It was a long walk and my feet were sore at the end but great day. We were even entertained while waiting for the boat!

    September 3, 2012

  • James

    Got my bout ticket, there are $20

    August 31, 2012

  • James

    Hello from Waterton Townsite Campground, H3 walkin.

    August 31, 2012

  • Karen L

    Hi Karen, I'm sending this to you to share with the group - I did Crypt Lake Saturday. Weather was great 25C. A little chilly in morning and evening so need proper clothing. Trail was is great condition. It gets hot in the late morning and afternoon especially once out of bush. sunscreen, hat, at least 2 liters water recommended.
    Bring bear spray - I saw 2 black bears and a grizzly. 1st lone black bear was at the Crypt Landing Dock as we arrived in morning. 2nd one was also in vicinity of Crypt Landing when waiting for return boat. Almost ran into grizzly about 100m from Crypt Landing at the end of hike. The bear was crossing hiking trail about 10m in front when I saw it. Lots of bushes along trail so stay in groups at least 4 persons and make noise. I definitely don't recommend anyone making their way back to Crypt Landing on their own if their nerves fail them at the tunnel. There is a place to wait just before the ledge leading to the tunnel. P.H.

    August 30, 2012

  • Candice B.

    Ok Karen, Pearl and I are going to leave by 1pm from Cochrane should be there before 4pm ---Meeting Susanne at the boat dock to get tickets for fairy.
    Florence should be meeting us at the boat dock as well- Jessica, James and Gary what are your plans? Do you want to meet up and do Bears Hump friday night then dinner?

    August 28, 2012

    • Jessica C.

      Hey guys, Yves (my hubby) is working Friday & we are leaving Calgary earliest 3pm. We won't be there in time to do Bear's hump. Dinner is a definite possibility though. We are staying at the Aspen Village Inn. My cell is[masked]-0961. If we don't hook up Friday night, we'll see you at the boat ticket office 8:00 am Saturday.

      August 30, 2012

  • Jamie

    Hmmm, all rooms are booked in Waterton for this weekend

    August 16, 2012

    • Candice B.

      Did you find a room ??

      August 24, 2012

    • Jamie

      No, I don't want to stay in Pincher so I will cancel

      August 24, 2012

  • Janet W.

    I hope you don't mind but if anyone is looking for a place to stay over night for this trip I would recommend these two bed and breakfast:
    Corner Mountain Inn & Wellness Centre (I stayed here and Janet the host is great in Pincher Creek and Shintangle Springs. Please look them up to review the comments. Have fun all!

    August 24, 2012

  • Florence

    I have booked at Aspen Village Inn Friday and Saturday night. :) So happy to finally get a chance to hike in Waterton!!!

    August 7, 2012

  • Candice B.

    Karen and I are booked into the townsite campground for the Friday and Saturday night. We will be hiking on Sunday--just not sure where yet and driving home late Sunday.

    July 25, 2012

  • iren

    Hi, I noticed the Crypt Lake posting says 300m elevation, actually it is around 655 or 700m. This is not a slowpoke hike, as the last boat needs to be reached--otherwise stay'' with the bears. I suggest to see Hell Roaring Falls on the way back, but it is downward rocky steeper steps in a hurry plus lush bear area closer to the boat. Worth it.

    July 20, 2012

  • Candice B.

    I just called the boat office and they do not take advanced bookings. We have to be at the boat dock to get our tickets at least 1hr before the boat leaves on Saturday morning or before 4pm Friday night.

    July 20, 2012

  • Jessica C.

    I've reserved a room from Friday night & checking out Monday morning at the Aspen Village Inn. I am leaving Calgary Friday around noon from my place in Inglewood. I can take 2 passengers, but on my schedule and we leave from my place. (i.e. I don't live near the C-Train)

    July 17, 2012

  • Jessica C.

    And... If you do turn back, you could have to wait more than a few hours for the return boat ride!

    July 4, 2012

  • Andy D.

    Before the ledge and the tunnel there is a place that people can wait for the others if they feel they can't do the scarier ( fun ) bits. I had a lady in front of me freeze up on the ladder after the tunnel and it took some persausion to get her to go on.

    July 4, 2012

  • Karen L

    Just so everyone understands this trip - I am not leading a guided tour. We are meeting up at the Waterton Marina boat dock at 9am on Saturday, September 1st, 2012. YOU are each responsible for getting yourself there, finding a place to stay,buying a boat ticket, and being at the dock ON TIME so the boat does not leave without you. I am a slow hiker, but if you can't hike the whole way, or can't do the cliff or tunnel, you will have to turn around and hike back by yourself.

    July 4, 2012

  • Janet W.

    Do we have to do the full hike - will there be slow hiker groups; medium and a
    fast group

    July 4, 2012

  • Jessica C.

    I've done this once before and it was AWESOME!!! One person in our group freaked out at the tunnel though...

    July 4, 2012

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