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Lakeshore Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

4.2 mile 6.8 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 609' 186 m
Descent: -608' -185 m
High: 4,507' 1,374 m
Low: 4,218' 1,286 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Joan Pendleton

A well-maintained, forested trail along Upper Waterton Lake.

Joan Pendleton

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly An easy and pretty trail with views of the lake. Rest stops. One can hike it one way and take a boat between the Waterton Townsite and Goat Haunt (It is an 8.8-mile hike to Goat Haunt in the States.)

One can continue and cross the USA/Canada border at the end of this trail - be sure to have proper ID and any other required permits/paperwork if you plan to cross.

Description

Lakeshore Trail begins at a parking area on the southwest side of Waterton Townsite. The trail immediately enters the fir forest. It is a fairly wide, and fairly flat trail. The trail runs along Upper Waterton Lake, sometimes near the lakeshore, and sometimes a bit farther away from the lake. The lake can be seen through the trees, and there are viewing areas along the way to admire the views.

After about 4.2 miles, Lakeshore Trail reaches the USA/Canadian border. From here, the trail continues through the forest, along Upper Waterton Lake for about another 4.6 miles into the States. The trail ends at Goat Haunt. Goat Haunt has a boat dock, and there is a boat service that runs between Waterton Townsite and Goat Haunt for those that prefer to hike one-way on this trail. It is an 8.8-mile hike from Waterton Townsite to Goat Haunt.

Due to the international border, with different Land Managers that have their own trail rules, overnight camping systems, criteria for trail closures, and so forth, this trail mapping is for the Canadian side only.

This is a segment of the GDT (Great Divide Trail).

Flora & Fauna

Firs and other forest vegetation.

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Jul 27, 2016
Joan Pendleton

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Waterton Lake offers a gorgeous treat after a long day of adventuring.
Dec 11, 2016 near Pincher…, AB

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