Bertha Falls / Lake Trail

Trailhead: Parking lot on Evergreen South, 350 metres south of Cameron Falls

Level of difficulty: Moderate (elevation gain: 460 m / 1509 ft.)

Length: 5.2 km/3.2 mi. to Bertha Falls (return); 10.4 km/6.4 mi. to Bertha Lake (return)

Time: 1.5 hours (return) to Bertha Falls; 4.5 hours (return) to Bertha Lake

This hike starts with a moderate incline from the Waterton townsite to a scenic viewpoint overlooking Upper Waterton Lake. From here, follow the creek (the trail passes the junction to the Lakeshore Trail) to Lower Bertha Falls. Note: Bridge out near Lower Bertha Falls If you choose to continue to Bertha Lake, the next part of the trail ascends several switchbacks leading to views of Upper Bertha Falls. When you arrive at the beautiful blue-green lake, follow the trail in either direction to enjoy subalpine forests and views of the mountain peaks. Stay the night and enjoy the spectacular night sky at the Bertha Lake backcountry campground (make sure you make a reservation).

Discover the processes of ecological renewal and change with the contrast of the old growth forest and the new growth in areas burned by the Kenow Wildfire.

Linnet Lake Loop Trail

Trailhead: Parking lot on the east side of the Entrance Road, just past the Parks Canada operations area

Level of difficulty: Easy

Length: 1 km / 0.6 mi. loop

Time: 20 minutes

Enjoy a short stroll on a paved path around this small lake, named for a small bird called a linnet. Explore the wide variety of colours of rocks, flowers, and trees along the trail. Keep your eye out for wildlife as you enjoy the picturesque view of the Prince of Wales Hotel. Relax on a bench or enjoy lunch near the lake. The Linnet Lake area is home to a large diversity of plants and animals, and is a key travel corridor for the park's wildlife.

Learn more about Waterton’s natural history through interpretive displays along this trail.

Hiking etiquette

Our trails are shared by different types of users. Please be considerate of others and stay to the right of the trail to allow others to pass. As a best practice, hikers should yield to horseback riders, and cyclists should yield to both hikers and horseback riders.

Hiking safety