Carthew Pass

Mountain View, Alberta

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A moderate day hike to a high alpine pass overlooking the remote northern mountains of Glacier National Park in the United States. The hike is just east of Cameron Lake near the southern boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park. From the forested shore of Cameron Lake to the blustery, barren summit of Mount Carthew, this hike is packed with mountain lakes, wildflowers, panoramic views, berry patches, glimpses of glaciers, and wildlife. Many day hikers on this trail venture no further than Summit Lake, but those who go the extra distance to Carthew Pass will find it well worth the effort. Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water (do not drink from Summit Lake without first boiling or purifying the water), and pack along a raincoat and a warm sweater.

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"A moderate day hike to a high alpine pass overlooking the remote northern mountains of Glacier National Park in the United States. The hike is just east of Cameron Lake near the southern boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park.

From the forested shore of Cameron Lake to the blustery, barren summit of Mount Carthew, this hike is packed with mountain lakes, wildflowers, panoramic views, berry patches, glimpses of glaciers, and wildlife. Many day hikers on this trail venture no further than Summit Lake, but those who go the extra distance to Carthew Pass will find it well worth the
effort. Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water (do not drink from Summit Lake without first boiling or purifying the water), and pack along a raincoat and a warm sweater."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mountain View
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best July through September
Local Contacts: Waterton Lakes National Park (403) 859-2224
Local Maps: Waterton Lakes National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Carthew Pass

Recent Trail Reviews

9/1/2000
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Great wxperience starts at Cameron Lake with a well switchbacked ascent through thick forest. Vews of Cameron and peaks beyond are spectacular. Subalpine lake made for a good icnic area, but play it smart for future hikers. Ascent emerges above tree line on a stunning scree slope for the last mile to the pass. Views are breathtaking, but I wouldn't want to be on the pass in bad weather. The first four miles of the descent to Waterton Township are quite memorable (notably the face below the chain of lakes), but the last five are knee pounding and somewhat dull. Treat yourself to dinner at Two Sisters in Babb on the way back to St. Mary.



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