Backcountry Camping in Waterton

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Backcountry Camping in Waterton

Postby Fairbanks142 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:25 am

Who has camped at one of the Waterton backcountry campgrounds? Any that are / are not recommended?
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Re: Backcountry Camping in Waterton

Postby trevbo » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:33 pm

I've camped at the Goat lake and at snowshoe campgrounds as part of the Avion ridge loop (which you can do as a day hike, alternatively).

Goat lake is in a nice bowl and you often can spot a mountain goat or two on the cliffs above the lake. There are a couple of peaks you can hike up from this campsite (Avion ridge, Newman peak) following the hiker trail up the headwall at the end of the valley.

Snowshoe campground on the other hand, i'd not recommend as a destination unto itself. You can actually bike the trail as far as snowshoe campground, which might be interesting for some... but the site is in a forested valley with minimal views and the trail to that point is not very interesting. The Twin lakes campsite is pretty awesome and just a bit further afield (maybe an hour's hike away). It's a great site just below Kishinena peak, which is an easy scramble from the campground.
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Re: Backcountry Camping in Waterton

Postby Fairbanks142 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:31 pm

Looks like Goat Lake and Twin Lakes would make for a good 2 night loop. Great info, thanks.

I also found this recommendation for Lone Lake to Twin Lake as the best 2 nighter option, with Goat Lake as an optional 3rd night:

http://www.besthike.com/northamerica/ca ... arack.html
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Re: Backcountry Camping in Waterton

Postby Stmarypete » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:31 pm

The Twin lakes loop is a spectacular hike and I am sure the campsites would be wonderful. We did it as a dayhike, back when 18 miles was nothing.
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Re: Backcountry Camping in Waterton

Postby trevbo » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:24 pm

The Tamarack trail sounds like a great backpack. When are you planning on doing this? The reason I ask... the tamaracks (larches) must be awesome along this trail in mid to late September, so that'd be my vote for the best time of year.

Note that the through-hike starts from the Cameron Lake road (Rowe Lakes trailhead) and ends at Redrock Canyon road, so it's not actually a loop. You'd likely be able to hitch a ride back from Red rock canyon. Alternatively, you could pre-park a 2nd vehicle (or pre-park a bicycle for the driver to fetch your vehicle at the Rowe Lakes trailhead). It's a fun ride downhill all the way down Redrock road, but a bit of work to then get back up Cameron lake road to the other vehicle. Just an idea!
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Re: Backcountry Camping in Waterton

Postby Stmarypete » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:02 pm

The Twin lakes trail in late September is about as good as it gets. The larch and the Aspen are in full color and no one is there!
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