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Hellsroaring Canyon Trail, AB

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AB > Alberta
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1.52 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,377 feet
Elevation Gain 646 feet
Accumulated Gain 742 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.99
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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Crypt Lake
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Sep, Jun, May, Oct
Sun  6:20am - 6:36pm
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Hellsroaring Canyon Trail is a short trail that serves as an ideal looping option for those coming back from Crypt Lake. The trail makes a better return option because it is a lot steeper than the Crypt Lake Trail and a little more rugged. The trail starts at an intersection .5 miles from the beginning of the Crypt Lake Trail. After a brief section along the lake, the trail follows the Hellsroaring Creek upstream for a short period before beginning a sudden and steep climb to meet the Crypt Lake Trail again.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

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    Most recent Triplog Review
    Hellsroaring Canyon Trail
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    This hike was certainly one of the highlights of my month spent in the northern Rockies. The destination was awe-inspiring and the trail fun with its ladder, tunnel and cable section. The hike is one of the favorites in Waterton, however, the crowds stay manageable on this one, as a $25.00 boat ride is required to reach the trailhead and only two boats go to the trailhead a day.

    The trail is a little bit of a climb and it takes a few miles for the views to really start, but they only get better, as you near the iconic lake. The second and most prominent waterfall you encounter is the one fed by Crypt Lake, it is unique in the fact that it is not fed by an outlet stream like nearly all other Alpine Lakes in the region. The origins of this waterfall are a subterranean stream/underground spring that spews from a nearby cave and is fed by the draining of the lake somewhere below the surface, hence the name, "Crypt" Lake. The lake was pretty on par for most alpine lakes in the area, but the semi-adventurous trail (I heard several people compare it to Angel's Landing for a frame of reference) and series of waterfalls on the way to the lake make up for that.

    The hike down is quick. I took the Hells Roaring Canyon Trail on the way back to add a little mileage and kill some time while waiting for the boat to arrive.

    Hike Alberta it rocks!

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