Lineham Falls

Waterton Park, Alberta T0K 2M0

Lineham Falls

Lineham Falls Professional Review and Guide

"This pleasant jaunt runs up Lineham Creek to a headwall that rises below a high lake basin. A trail once climbed the headwall with the assistance of cable handrails, but that route has long since been abandoned. The headwall rock is loose and crumbly, and is considered hazardous even by experienced climbers; travelers should not attempt to reach Lineham Lakes via this route."

More Lineham Falls Professional Reviews and Guides

"A day hike from the Akamina Parkway to Lineham Falls, 2.6 miles (4.2 km) one-way. This brief but pleasant jaunt runs up Lineham Creek to a headwall that rises below a high lake basin. A trail once climbed the headwall with the assistance of cable handrails but has been long since abandoned. The rock of the headwall is loose and crumbly and is considered hazardous even by experienced climbers; travelers should not attempt to reach the Lineham Lakes via this route. From the trailhead, the trail takes you across wooded flats populated by lodgepole pines and aspens.

A short distance from the road, a steady ascent through the forest takes you onto the shoulders of Ruby Ridge as the trail runs westward, high above Lineham Creek. The forest gives way to grassy slopes, and the trail continues to climb as Mount Lineham rises like a lone sentinel across the valley."

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8/1/2008
We hiked this trail at the end of June, and a late winter meant the trail to upper Rowe Lake was still covered with snow and downed trees. We restricted our hike to Lower Rowe Lake. The far end of the lake was still frozen, but the shale was warm to the sun, and provided an excellent picnic spot. We have some beautiful photos along the way as reminders.
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5/18/2008
From what I could tell, this is a great trail. However, when we went there was still about 2-3 feet of snow pack and every second step, your foot would sink into the snow. It was about 25 degrees out and we were surprised the snow hadn't melted yet. Also, about 3/4 of the way, we ran into an avalanche that must have happened a couple of days before. So with an avalanche in our way and soggy boots, we decided to turn around. I would love to try this trail again in a few weeks. What we did see: an awesome roaring river, beautiful rock faces and a few waterfalls.
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9/1/1999
Upper and Lower Rowe lakes is one of the prettiest hikes in my 30 years of experience. Catch it in a little bit of wet or snow and the place is an emerald playground. Look up often, you might see a flock of bighorn sheep up the side of one mountain or another. But, don't think of getting too close! The big Bucks will make sure you don't molest their does or kids. Look for fresh snow in late fall, and make sure when you climb the mountain ridge up past upper Rowe lake that you have visibility. It can be treacherous in a white-out. Marmots will help you stay entertained as will Ptarmigan, if you don't step on these well camoflaged birds! Solitude is immense and truly awesome. Enjoy the peace and calm. You may even see a hawk or eagle playing on the updrafts along the canyons.
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Trail Information

Waterton Park
Nearby City
5.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2.5-4 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Glacier National Park
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Oct 2018