Bertha Falls, Waterton Lakes National Park

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Situated on the way to Bertha Lake, Bertha Falls is a popular hiking destination within Waterton Lakes National Park. The well-maintained trail leading to the falls and farther on to the lake starts from the village of Waterton, then passes through lovely wooded areas dotted with wildflowers. A wooden footbridge over a creek provides good views of the cascading falls, but if you climb an uphill path off the main trail, you'll be rewarded with even better views. Bring bear spray or an air horn, and look out for big animals along the trail. See Bertha Falls and all Waterton Lakes National Park has to offer by arranging your trip with our Waterton Lakes National Park online day trip planner.
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  • Great hike right from town, about 3km each way, mostly uphill to the falls. Beautiful falls and you can keep going to Bertha Lake if you feel ambitious.  more »
  • I'm no fitness gooroo. I like going for walks on level paths at home. This had maybe 4 steep inclines of hills, but totally doable even for the non-super fit. 30mins in and 30mins out...really worth.....  more »
  • Bertha Falls is a pretty waterfall in Waterton that can be accessed by an easy and scenic hike from town. The trail to the Lower Bertha Falls begins on Evergreen Street in the town of Waterton, just past Cameron Falls. It is the same trail that ultimately leads to Bertha Lake. The relatively short hike to the waterfalls is a popular one and the trail is well-maintained and has some gorgeous views of the surrounding landscapes along the way. The hike is fairly easy with some moderately steep sections, but nothing too difficult at all. The trail passes through mostly forests but opens up frequently to provide lovely views of the scenery. The waterfalls cascade over some slanted rock ledges and they are very beautiful and unique! There is a wooden footbridge that crosses a creek along the trail where you can get views of the waterfalls. Beside the footbridge, there is a well beaten narrow path off the main trail which leads up a small hill through the trees to a ledge along the creek where you can get even better views of the falls while standing directly in front of them. If you visit the falls earlier in the morning, you will probably have the entire place to yourself. My mother and I were alone there and the atmosphere was so peaceful and pleasant. Once you reach the falls, make sure to spend some time admiring the incredible natural beauty around you and just relax. If you are feeling adventurous and are looking for a challenge, I recommend continuing along the trail across the wooden bridge to hike the strenuous trail to Bertha Lake, which involves a steady uphill climb and navigating steep switchbacks up the side of the mountain!
  • Reasonably spectacular waterfall in the waterton national park. I loved the hike more than the waterfall itself, although most of the trees had just been burnt down in a wildfire.
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Trails in Waterton Lakes National Park