Bear's Hump, Waterton Lakes National Park

#3 of 13 in Outdoors in Waterton Lakes National Park
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Take a short but strenuous climb to Bear's Hump and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of glistening lakes, rolling prairies, and towering mountain peaks. Arguably the most popular hike in Waterton Lakes National Park is also the steepest, ascending 240 m (787 ft) in just over 1 km (0.6 mi) before ending at the "Hump," which will make you feel like standing on top of the world. Take a wind jacket with you--it can get windy at the top. Work out when and for how long to visit Bear's Hump and other Waterton Lakes National Park attractions using our handy Waterton Lakes National Park itinerary planner.
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  • This is really a must hike of any one coming to visit Waterton Park. You get some of the best views of the whole area. The hike is short but pretty much straight uphill. Take your time it is worth...  more »
  • We wanted a short hike this morning so Bear’s Hump was perfect. We walked from Waterton town up to the trailhead. The hike up the actual trail was less than 30 minutes - about 20 minutes back down...  more »
  • This is a great little hike, but don’t let the distance fool you. Though it is short, the majority of the hike is an uphill battle. Luckily for those that are not super fit, there are lots of benches all the way up and down for people to rest. The view from the top is great, but it can be pretty windy up there a lot of the time, so hold onto your hat.
  • A tough uphill battle, but the views from up top are one of the best I have seen. Even though the pictures are great, it looks much better in reality! Take lots of water, good running shoes. The winds up top can be a bit drafty in nature, so be careful. Enjoy!
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