Trail conditions

Waterton Lakes National Park

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

The Bertha trailhead is in an avalanche path. Check the Bertha-Townsite avalanche advisory (updated daily) before accessing the area.

Wildlife safety

The chance of seeing wildlife in the wild is one of the most exciting things about the mountain national parks.

Keep the “wild” in wildlife
Watch your step!

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

Safety Information 

Around town

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Kootenai Brown Trail Fair. 22-02-2024: Hard packed snow; Snow covered sections; Some bare patches; Trail details
Easy Linnet Lake Loop Trail Snow covered. 04-02-2024: Snow covered; Winter conditions; Trail details
Easy Townsite Loop Trail Snow covered. 04-02-2024: Snow covered; Winter conditions; Trail details
Easy Prince of Wales Loop Trail Snow covered. 04-02-2024: Snow covered; Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Bear's Hump Trail Snow covered. 04-02-2024: Snow covered; Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Crandell Lake-Townsite Trail Snow covered. 04-02-2024: Snow covered; Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Lakeshore Trail Snow covered. 04-02-2024: Snow covered; Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Lower Bertha Falls Trail Avalanche risk, use caution. 17-02-2024: Avalanche danger rising with increasing daytime temperatures; Trail details
Difficult Alderson-Carthew Trail (from Townsite trailhead) Winter conditions. 17-01-2024: Avalanche danger; Winter conditions; Trail details
Difficult Bertha Lake Trail Avalanche risk, use caution. 17-02-2024: Avalanche danger rising with increasing daytime temperatures; Trail details
Difficult Crypt Lake Trail Winter conditions. 17-01-2024: Avalanche danger; Winter conditions; Trail details

Akamina Parkway

Akamina Parkway is closed to motor vehicles at Little Prairie day use area.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Akamina Lake Trail Winter conditions. 02-12-2023: Winter conditions; Trail details
Easy Cameron Lakeshore Trail Winter conditions. 02-12-2023: Winter conditions; Trail details
Easy Crandell Lake Trail (Akamina Parkway) Winter conditions. 04-02-2024: Snow covered; Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Akamina Pass Trail Winter conditions. 02-12-2023: Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Boundary Creek Trail Winter conditions. 02-12-2023: Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Lineham Falls Trail Winter conditions. 02-12-2023: Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Rowe Lakes Trail: Lower Rowe Lakes Trail Winter conditions. 14-11-2023: Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Rowe Lakes Trail: Upper Rowe Lakes Trail Winter conditions. 14-11-2023: Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Summit Lake Trail Winter conditions. 02-12-2023: Winter conditions; Trail details
Difficult Carthew-Alderson Trail Winter conditions. 02-12-2023: Winter conditions; Trail details
Difficult Tamarack Trail (from Rowe Meadow to Lone Lake) Winter conditions. 02-12-2023: Winter conditions; Trail details

Red Rock Parkway

Red Rock Parkway is closed for the season. Seasonal closure to motor vehicle use October 24 to May 1 (weather dependent)

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Blakiston Falls Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Easy Crandell Lake Trail (Red Rock Parkway) Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Easy Red Rock Canyon Loop Trail Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Moderate Bellevue Trail Snow covered. 14-01-2024: Winter conditions; Trail details
Moderate Blakiston Valley Trail Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Moderate Lost Lake Trail Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Moderate Snowshoe Trail Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Moderate Twin Lakes Trail Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Difficult Avion Ridge Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Difficult Goat Lake Trail Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Difficult Lone Lake Trail Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Difficult Sage Pass Trail Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details
Difficult South Kootenay Pass Trail Winter conditions. 16-11-2023: Road access closed ; Trail details

Eastern areas / Highway 6

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Wishbone Trail Winter conditions. 04-02-2024: Snow covered; Trail details
Moderate Horseshoe Basin Trail Winter conditions. 04-02-2024: Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult Vimy Trail (from Wishbone junction) Winter conditions. 04-02-2024: Snow covered; Trail details

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 Snow covered. 04-02-2024: Fresh snow; Not enough snow to trackset ; Snow covered; The Akamina Parkway is closed to vehicles from Little Prairie Day Use Area to Cameron Lake; Winter conditions; Trail details
Easy Cameron Ski Trail Groomed. 17-02-2024: Distance (Little Prairie to Cameron Lake) 5 km round trip; Groomed with tracks set on both sides; Have a nice day!; Skier tracked; Trail details
Easy Red Rock Parkway Not Maintained 07-02-2024: Snow covered;  
Easy Wishbone Trail Winter conditions. 04-02-2024: Fresh snow;  
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