Bear’s Hump in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

Bear’s Hump in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

At only 1.5 km (0.9 miles), The Bears Hump is a short, strenuous but rewarding climb that begins at the Waterton Visitor Resource Centre.  Once known as Bear Mountain by the Piikani (Blackfoot) tribe for its humplike appearance, this rocky trail becomes a veritable staircase by the half way mark yet ends on the flat dome of the “Hump”.

At the end of this climb, you will be greeted by spectacular views of Waterton Valley and Mount Cleveland, the tallest summit in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.  The luminescent Middle and Lower Waterton Lakes glisten from this vantage point.  The views of the rolling prairies to the north will give you unique and breathtaking insight as to why Waterton is described as “where the mountains meet the prairies”.

A view from Bear's Hump in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

Bear’s Hump

Bears Hump is a short family hike that allows even the most novice hikers the feeling of standing on top of the world.

Bear’s Hump Trails & Hiking

Elevation Gain: 240m (787 ft).

This trail in Waterton Lakes National Park is the most popular short hike in probably all of the mountain parks. It’s also the steepest, climbing 240m in just over 1km. The trail swithbacks up Mount Crandell to a prominent outcropping reminiscent of the grizzly’s hump. The views of the Prince of Wales hotel, the townsite and down the length of Waterton Lake are spectacular. It is usually windy on the hump, so dress accordingly. Keep small children away from the edge and don’t allow them to throw rocks over the edge – climbers sometimes like to scale the face.

A view from Bear's Hump in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

A view from Bear’s Hump in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

If you’re one who likes to count switchbacks to know how close you’re getting to the end – there’s 18!!! Some are very close together but that’s how steep it is. Just take your time and you’ll get there.

Return the same way.

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Bear's Hump in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada At only 1.5 km (0.9 miles), The Bears Hump is a short, strenuous but rewarding climb that begins at the Waterton Visitor Resource Centre.  Once known as Bear Mountain by the Piikani (Blackfoot) tribe for its humplike appearance, this rocky trail...
<h2>Bear's Hump in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada</h2> At only 1.5 km (0.9 miles), The Bears Hump is a short, strenuous but rewarding climb that begins at the Waterton Visitor Resource Centre.  Once known as Bear Mountain by the Piikani (Blackfoot) tribe for its humplike appearance, this rocky trail becomes a veritable staircase by the half way mark yet ends on the flat dome of the "Hump". At the end of this climb, you will be greeted by spectacular views of Waterton Valley and Mount Cleveland, the tallest summit in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.  The luminescent Middle and Lower Waterton Lakes glisten from this vantage point.  The views of the rolling prairies to the north will give you unique and breathtaking insight as to why Waterton is described as "where the mountains meet the prairies". Bears Hump is a short family hike that allows even the most novice hikers the feeling of standing on top of the world. <h2>Bear's Hump Trails & Hiking</h2> Elevation Gain: 240m (787 ft). This trail in <b>Waterton Lakes National Park</b> is the most popular short hike in probably all of the mountain parks. It's also the steepest, climbing 240m in just over 1km. The trail swithbacks up Mount Crandell to a prominent outcropping reminiscent of the grizzly's hump. The views of the Prince of Wales hotel, the townsite and down the length of Waterton Lake are spectacular. It is usually windy on the hump, so dress accordingly. Keep small children away from the edge and don't allow them to throw rocks over the edge - climbers sometimes like to scale the face. If you're one who likes to count switchbacks to know how close you're getting to the end - there's 18!!! Some are very close together but that's how steep it is. Just take your time and you'll get there. Return the same way.