As I stood in line to purchase our tickets for the ferry ride I spotted a t-shirt that said, “I Survived the Crypt Lake Hike.” Well, now I can proudly don that t-shirt!
Recently we took on another hiking challenge – the Crypt Lake hike. This 17-kilometre hike, which has a 700-metre elevation gain, is one of the most unique you’ll ever encounter. It has been voted as one of Canada’s best hikes.
The hike features a 15-minute boat ride across Upper Waterton Lake to the trailhead at Crypt Landing. The trail passes close to four spectacular waterfalls: Hell Roaring Falls, Twin Falls, Burnt Rock Falls and Crypt Falls.
A highlight of the hike is the steel ladder and 60-foot tunnel through the mountain. After a short maneuver around a cliff, we arrived at the beautiful clear blue water of Crypt Lake.
I was hot and tired and at one point, I will admit, I was close to giving up. It was not easy. But I pressed on. And of course, it was worth it in the end.
I was reminded of a valuable lesson during this challenging hike: Never give up. It could be a metaphor for life. When the going gets tough and you just want to pack it in, don’t give up because it’ll all be worth it in the end.
Here are some photos from our recent hiking adventure.