Hike Bear's Hump, Waterton Lakes NP

Canada Bear's Hump Trailhead

Added by

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)
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1.7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

738 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

10 months ago

Great views

really nice short hike that gives an outstanding view

10 months ago

about 1 year ago

Chill Hike

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

about 1 year ago

Added by Jared Seely

More Adventures Nearby

Bike from St. John's to Cape Spear

Canada / St. John's Harbour

Whether you're an east-coast local, a cycle tourist starting out on a journey westward or a veteran cyclist finishing a trans-Canada ride, Cape Spear is a must.

Jonathon Reed
1 Saves

Hike to Trowbridge Falls

Canada / Trowbridge Falls Trailhead

Trowbridge Falls is a nearby city park and a favorite among the locals and they say it's haunted too!  During the summer months cool off in the water  and in winter cross country ski.

Hike to Elk Falls, B.C.

Canada / Elk Falls Parking Lot

Once you park, you'll walk along the tracks roughly northeast-ish and then cross over the tacks. The trail marker is shown at the parking lot to the falls, where you can enjoy some wooden carvings.

Lauren Verity
3 Saves