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North Boundary Trail
The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is the first international peace park and the only two trails that connect them are the Waterton Lake trail and the Boundary Trail.
The Waterton Lake trail starts at Goat Haunt (which is the US Port of Entry in the park) and extends all the way into the town of Waterton. It runs fairly level along the shores of the magnificent Waterton Lake ducking in and out of the trees all the way to the border where you’ll find a campground on the Canadian side. You’ll also know that you’re crossing the border by observing the giant swath cut out of the forest as well as pillars with writing on all four sides of them describing which country’s side you’re on and when the treaty was established between the two countries.
About a third of a mile south of the border on the Waterton Lake trail, the North Boundary trail takes off and follows Boundary Creek until it heads back up into Canada towards Summit Lake. It starts off meandering through lodgepole forest, then changes to a denser forest as you proceed into the canyon. There, the creek tumbles and dances over rocks and into pools. The trail gains some elevation, then undulates for a bit and then levels off into a more open forest lacking views. The trail turns north and begins to gain some elevation and you come to the US/Canadian border once again at the 49th parallel. The trail continues on and forks where taking the left fork will bring you to Cameron Lake and the right fork will take you to the Carthew-Alderson trail and dump you into the town of Waterton.
Being in a remote part of the park, most visitors in this area take the boat up and down the lake for the day or to start out a longer trek. Because of this, you’ll probably not see a soul out there save for the trail crew if they happen to be working in that area.
13 responses to “North Boundary Trail”
What were the logistics? Did you take the Waterton boat to Goat Haunt? That would have given you a late start. When you came back, did you just turn left and hike into Waterton to finish?
Great blog and website! Thanks for all the info. We are going to Glacier for a week (end of July – Aug 3rd) Staying at St Mary’s, just outside the park. Lonely Planet raves about Waterton’s Carthew Alderson trail (and crypt trail).
-note both authors from UK! (the book guide includes Bamph and Jasper).
In your opinion, is it worth missing one of your top 6 hikes in Glacier to make the Waterton hike/Prince of Wales hotel/Cameron falls? I know its all subjective, but have you been there? I’d really appreciate your opinion. Thx in advance -Steve
C U down the trail…
Do you know if this trail will be clear of snow by mid June? Thanks in advance
Hey there Jake, my friend and I are trying to do all the 734 she is almost done and thus north Boundary is on our list for this summer. She is looking to go in at waterton take boat across get camp site at Boundary bay if possible we already reserved WAT on US side if we can’t get or keep and make for a 3 day 2 nighter but saw you video was done in Sept with lots of creek crossing…do you think doable end of July if we can get reservations???