Hike Bear's Hump, Waterton Lakes NP

Bear's Hump Trailhead

Short but steep hike to amazing panoramic view of Waterton. It's not enough to say this view is picturesque!

The trailhead is located at the Visitor Center of Waterton Lakes National Park. The trail is very well maintained, but know that the elevation gain is quick - in less than a mile you gain 738 ft. Roundtrip is 1.7 miles and is totally worth the short but strenuous hike.

When you reach the top there is an area with a bench to rest and eat snacks or lunch. Make sure to bring a water bottle or two. The top is a rounded cliff that looks like the hump of a grizzly bear, hence the name "Bear's Hump". It's still a cliff, so keep small children away from the edge. The top is windy so you'll want to bring a jacket and be careful of the wind gusts around the edge of the cliffs.

The best time of day to do the hike is in the morning or evening. The breathtaking vista shows many areas of the park, in particular is the Waterton townsite, the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel, and the Waterton Valley with Lower, Middle, and Upper Waterton Lakes.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water Bottle(s)
  • Sturdy Shoes or Hiking boots
  • Jacket (it's usually windy on top)
  • Hiking poles (optional)
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RT Distance 1.7 Miles
Elevation Gain 738 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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Great views

really nice short hike that gives an outstanding view

Chill Hike

Very fun hike, though if you go during peak summer season the trail will be busy!!


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