“A level trail through airy forests with some views of Waterton Lake up to the US/Canada border.”
— Jake Bramante
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers
A relatively flat and easy trail, the kids would enjoy the section by the Goat Haunt Ranger Station and the swinging bridge.
Bring bear spray. If crossing the border, make sure you have obtained permission beforehand.
The trail starts near the Goat Haunt Ranger Station where it wanders through the trees paralleling the Waterton River. A large swinging bridge across the river takes you north. As you travel through the trees you pass the Waterton River Campground Trail, then pass the Boulder Pass Trail
. You continue on through some small meadows and trees towards Waterton Lake.
As you head north, you get closer to the lake, eventually getting to its treed shoreline. You roughly follow the shoreline with intermittent views. Because the vegetation grows right to the edge of the lake, you never really get open, panoramic views of the lake. It does, however allow you to see the lake and some waterfowl on it.
The forest and occasional meadows with views to the surrounding, stunning peaks are very nice and level all the way up to Boundary Creek. Just before crossing Boundary Creek, the North Boundary Trail
takes off to the west. From here, the trail goes over Boundary Creek in a particularly cool cascading section of the creek with beautiful rock walls. Another 1/3 mile takes you to the wide swath cut out of the trees and some monuments letting you know that you're at the US/Canada Border. Just across the border is the Boundary Bay Campground in Waterton Lakes National Park.
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Flora & Fauna
Forest plants and birds as well as some waterfowl. Occasional animals may be seen, but the forest obscures many.