I have a love-hate relationship with this crazy warm weather Southern Alberta has been experiencing. I hate how there is no snow for xc skiing, snow shoeing or snowboarding but I’m loving being outdoors without gloves, warm sunshine on my face and snow free hiking.
Yesterday we headed off on the Goat Haunt (Lakeshore) Trail in Waterton. I had wanted to do a day hike to the Goat Haunt border in Montana and back. This is one of my favourite easy/long hikes in the Park because there is only one slight ascent and the scenery is gorgeous. Weather also tends to be better on this trail because it’s on the lake and at a much lower elevation than many of the other hikes.
I thought it was 7 km each way but when we got to the trailhead it turned out to be about 13km each way. A little longer than we were prepared for so we opted to just go until we felt like turning around.
Heading on the main trail towards Bertha Falls/Goat Haunt fork was really icy and snowy.
One the way down the other side toward Bertha Bay the trail was snow free, but at some points was a creek instead of a trail. It was also very windy on this side of the mountain as we descended down.
Bertha Bay is a gorgeous little spot in Waterton where they allow back country camping and have sites with fire pits. Because it was an overcast day, the bay was a little dull.
Then we came to the hardest climb of this hike (it isn’t really hard) which is a pretty stretch along a rock cliff.
There were several creeks that had to be jumped and my foot fell in on one of them. Ha ha.
We stopped for lunch when we came upon another beautiful bay in the lake and spread out my way awesome new outdoor lunch blanket and started making sandwiches.
We kept going for a little ways after lunch and stopped on another beautiful beach. I took so many pictures of the waves created from the wind and pictures of the dogs playing in the waves. We decided to turn around here and that’s when I thought of using my RunKeeper app to track how far we actually went.
On the way back I tore my amazing lightweight goose down coat on a piece of barbed wire wound around a tree! I was pissed!
In the end we wound up hiking 6.5 miles total and it took us about 4 hours because we were in no hurry and took our time.
I told Ryan I would like to do this hike with the kids this summer because you can back country camp at Boundary Bay which would make for a fun, outdoors weekend.
This was our “anniversary” activity because two years ago today we got married in Waterton in a huge snow storm. I wonder if I’ll ever get sick of this place- NOPE!
Does anyone know why Parks has barbed wire wrapped around random tress along the trail?
Any tips for fixing my coat? I want it to stay water proof and warm!