Fantastic 4 of Waterton-Glacier: The Peace Park Challenge

Fantastic 4 of Waterton-Glacier: The Peace Park Challenge near Waterton Park Gate, AB

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60 kms
1 day4hours
Summer, Fall
Waterton Park Gate, AB
User ExperienceWaterton

Fantastic Four of Waterton-Glacier: the Peace Park Challenge is an

international hiking challenge hosted from Pearls Cafe in the townsite

of Waterton Lakes National Park. Following in the tradition of the Triple

Crown of Waterton, Fantastic Four takes 2 favourites from the

Canadian side of the border: Crypt Lake and Carthew-Alderson, and

adds in 2 favourites from Montana's Glacier National Park: Siyeh Pass

and the Garden Wall.

When you finish each hike leg, you register back at Pearls. When

you've completed all 4 hikes, you get your name on the Glory Board

and you also receive a flashy t-shirt to brag.

(The really cool thing is that if you've already done Crypt and Carthew-

Alderson, they will count that towards Triple Crown, and all you have

left to hike is Akamina to complete that challenge!)

Crypt Lake trailhead can only be reached by boat. If you don't have

private access to a boat of your own, you can take a shuttle put on by

Waterton Shoreline Cruises. It costs $20 for adults and the shuttle

leaves from the Waterton Marina at 10:30 AM to drop you off across

Waterton Lake. You then have the day to hike 9 km to Crypt Lake and

back before the shuttle comes to pick you up at 5:30 PM. This hike has

desert-like areas, many switch-backs and small waterfalls. If you have

the time, there is a detour you can take through Hell Roaring Falls.

Make sure you bring lots of water, at least 2 bottles per person or

have a filtration device. It is really easy to dehydrate on this trek as

you have direct sunlight on you and there is nowhere to stop to refill.

The coolest part of this hike is a small cavern tunnel you have to pass

through, followed by a cliff edge you must traverse holding a wire line.

Carthew-Alderson (16 km) is a 7-8 hour day hike that begins from the

trail head off of Cameron Lake Road, in Waterton Park. You drive up

there to start this one way hike that end in the Waterton townsite,

coming out just beside the Cameron Falls. It's best to either have

someone drop you off at the trailhead start, or have someone

available to drive you back to the trailhead to retrieve your car after

the hike is over. You climb atop the summit of Carthew and can see a

fantastic bird's eye view of the park. You also go through montane,

sub-alpine and alpine zones.

The Garden Wall in Glacier Park, is a section of the Highline Trail. This

hike begins at Logan Pass, across the highway from the Visitor

Center.18.5 km one way, the journey has an elevation gain of 830 ft

and ends at the loop on Going-to-the-Sun Road. You can expect to

take 4-5 hours. This is one of the less difficult hikes that are part of the

challenge. The best time to take on Garden Wall is July to October.

The trail follows a narrow ledge above Going-to-the-Sun Road. For this

reason, many people decide to turn back and end their hike after the

first 1/4 mile, but it does have very even and consistent elevation. Also

a great hike to see the Bird Woman Falls and plenty of wildlife!

On Siyeh Pass, a 16.5 km hike, you can expect a high-elevation route,

around Going-to-the-Sun Mountain. It is recommended to check on trail

conditions before you venture out: accumulated snow will sit on

Matahpi Peak until late into the hiking season.

You can spot unique rock formations of dolomite and limestone split

into "sandwiching" layers between green igneous diorite.

As you descend the last leg of the Baring Creek Valley's West wall,

exercise caution: grizzly bears are not a uncommon sighting. There are

also highwinds and many short switchbacks. That said, there's a great

view of Sexton Glacier.


Crypt Lake (Waterton): go to the Marina on Waterton Lake, from the

townsite, across from Pat's. This is where you buy boat tickets and

catch your shuttle.

Carthew-Alderson (Waterton): To reach Carthew-Alderson, you will

want to head up Cameron Lake Road/Akamina Parkway. The trailhead

leads off of the parking lot at Cameron Lake.

Garden Wall (Glacier): Begins at Logan Pass, across the highway from

the Visitor's Center. Exits at the "Loop" large hairpin turn on Going-to-

the-Sun Road.

Siyeh Pass (Glacier): 3 miles east from Logan Pass on Going-to-the-

Sun Road.


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