On Saturday I finally met up with an internet friend (Hi Melanie!) and we headed to Waterton to hike to Bertha Lake. Melanie isn’t from here and had only been to Waterton a handful of times so I loved having the chance to play tour guide and watching someone appreciate the place as much as I do.
We started off at the Bertha trailhead and hiked to lower Bertha Falls before heading back up.
After the falls the trail heads up, up, up to the lake. Oh those switchbacks! I was told there are 25 switchbacks on that trail up and at every turn you think to yourself “I have to be getting close!”
You do get a gorgeous view of Upper Bertha Falls off the trail.
It’s not too long, about 2.8km from Lower Bertha Falls to the Lake so even though it uphill switchbacks we were at the lake pretty quickly.
I originally wanted to climb to Bertha Peak but when we hit the lake I was just not there mentally. There were a ton of people having lunch on the shores so Mel and I tramped off to find a quiet spot of our own to eat.
After we ate we were going to turn back when we came upon an older couple who asked if we were planning to hike the trail around the lake. I had no idea there was a trail that went all the way around! Of course we had to check it out.
The scenery was beautiful and it took us 1.5 hours to go around the whole lake, it’s a long skinny lake!
We ran into a backcountry camper who was fishing for his supper which would be a really fun way to spend a weekend.
Overall it took us five hours total and a great way to spend a day.