Whether you're out for a leisurely hike or a longer adventure, make your trip a safe one by checking the latest conditions.

Visitor safety

Natural hazards are part of the national park experience. Learn more about staying safe while enjoying Waterton Lakes National Park.

Visitor safety 
Watch your step!

Trails may be slippery. Wear appropriate footwear and consider trekking poles when navigating wet or icy sections.

Safety Information 

Winter recreation - designated ski trails

Akamina Parkway is open to vehicles up to Little Prairie Day Use Area. Parks Canada will set cross-country skiing tracks between Little Prairie and Cameron Lake as conditions allow.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Dipper Ski Trail Early season conditions. 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Distance (Rowe trailhead to Little Prairie) 6.5 km round trip; Trail details
Easy Cameron Ski Trail Early season conditions. 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Distance (Little Prairie to Cameron Lake) 5 km round trip; Trail details
Easy Red Rock Parkway Early season conditions. 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions;  
Easy Wishbone Early season conditions. 25-11-2021: Early season conditions; Icy and snow covered, variable conditions;  

Around town

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Kootenai Brown Trail Variable conditions. 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Trail details
Easy Prince of Wales Loop Trail Variable conditions. 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Trail details
Easy Townsite Loop Trail Variable conditions. 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Trail details
Difficult Alderson-Carthew Trail (from Townsite trailhead) Early winter conditions at higher elevations 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Trail details
Moderate Bear's Hump Trail Variable conditions. 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Trail details
Moderate Bertha Lake Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Trail details
Moderate Townsite-Crandell Lake Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Trail details
Easy Linnet Lake Loop Trail Variable conditions. 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Trail details
Difficult Crypt Lake Trail Winter conditions. 25-11-2021: This hike requires a boat shuttle to and from the trailhead. Contact Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. (403 859 2362) for shuttle schedule and availability, particularly during spring and fall; Trail details
Moderate Lower Bertha Falls Trail Variable conditions. 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Trail details
Moderate Lakeshore Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2021: Icy and snow covered, variable conditions; Open to the Canada-U.S.A border; Trail details

Akamina Parkway

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Akamina Lake Trail Road access closed 25-11-2021: The Akamina Parkway is closed to vehicles from Little Prairie Day Use Area to Cameron Lake; Winter conditions; Trail details
Easy Cameron Lakeshore Trail Road access closed 25-11-2021: The Akamina Parkway is closed to vehicles from Little Prairie Day Use Area to Cameron Lake; Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Rowe Lakes Trail: Lower Rowe Lakes Trail Be prepared for the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations. 25-11-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Moderate Rowe Lakes Trail: Upper Rowe Lakes Trail Be prepared for the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations. 25-11-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Moderate Boundary Creek Trail Partially Closed 25-11-2021: Open to the Canada-U.S.A border; Trail not maintained often; Trail details
Difficult Carthew-Alderson Trail Road access closed 25-11-2021: The Akamina Parkway is closed to vehicles from Little Prairie Day Use Area to Cameron Lake; Winter conditions; Trail details
Difficult Tamarack Trail (from Rowe Meadow to Lone Lake) Be prepared for the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations. 25-11-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Moderate Summit Lake Trail Road access closed 25-11-2021: The Akamina Parkway is closed to vehicles from Little Prairie Day Use Area to Cameron Lake; Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Lineham Falls Trail Be prepared for the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations. 25-11-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Moderate Akamina Pass Trail Road access closed 25-11-2021: The Akamina Parkway is closed to vehicles from Little Prairie Day Use Area to Cameron Lake; Winter conditions; Trail details
Easy Crandell Lake Trail (Akamina Parkway) Variable conditions. 25-10-2021: Minor rough sections; Trail details

Red Rock Parkway

Red Rock Parkway is closed for the season. Seasonal closure to motor vehicle use October 31 to May 1 (weather dependent).

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Blakiston Falls Road access closed 25-11-2021: Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Lost Lake Trail Be prepared for the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations. 25-11-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult Avion Ridge Not Maintained 25-11-2021: Trail not maintained often; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Bellevue Trail Road access closed 25-11-2021: Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Snowshoe Trail Road access closed 25-11-2021: Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Winter conditions; Trail details
Easy Red Rock Canyon Loop Trail Road access closed 25-11-2021: Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Winter conditions; Trail details
Difficult Blakiston Valley Trail Road access closed 25-11-2021: Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Twin Lakes Trail Be prepared for the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations. 25-11-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult South Kootenay Pass Trail Be prepared for the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations. 25-11-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult Sage Pass Trail Be prepared for the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations. 25-11-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult Lone Lake Trail Be prepared for the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations. 25-11-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult Goat Lake Trail Be prepared for the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations. 25-11-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Easy Crandell Lake Trail (Red Rock Parkway) Road access closed 25-11-2021: Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Winter conditions; Trail details

Eastern areas / Highway 6

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Vimy Trail (from Wishbone junction) Variable conditions. 25-11-2021: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Wishbone Trail Variable conditions. 25-11-2021: Snow covered sections; Trail details
Moderate Horseshoe Basin Trail Road access closed 25-11-2021: Route finding may be necessary; Winter conditions; Trail details