Waterton Park

Monday, September 05, 2004
 

We spent Sept. 5-8 in Waterton Park.  I had never been there before but had heard good things.  I've been to Glacier Nat'l Park in Montana before.  That's a nice park.  Unfortunately, the STUPID US Nat'l Park Service refuses to allow dogs to go backpacking in most of their parks including Glacier.  If they'd change this rule, I might start supporting the US Nat'l Parks.  Fortunately, the Canadian Nat'l Parks have no such stupid rule.  See this article for details.


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Moose!
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Cameron Lake
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The trail is Leaving Alberta and Entering British Columbia.  Don't forget to set your watch back one hour (in case a moose in BC asks you for the time?).
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I decided to leave the trail system and bushwhack south on the border between BC and Alberta.  That turned out to be a great decision.  Buddy and Cameron Lake, far below.

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Harley and Cameron Lake.
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Looking North at Alberta and BC.
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The political intersection point for Montana (US), BC (Canada), and Alberta (Canada) was just 200 feet away on that ridge.  This mountain makes a formidable boundary -- I was able to climb the last bit, but the dogs could not make it.
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Forum Lake.  I had a map and knew the trail system connected with this lake.  I decided to try to bushwhack/decend to the lake from here to complete the hike.  This wasn't such a great decision..
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The top of that mountain.
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North slope of the mountains right on the US/Canada border.
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Mountains to the East.
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Mountain to SouthEast.
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We eventually made it down to Forum Lake.  I first tried to come straight down through those trees and over those rocks.  When we got to the first rock cliffs, I knew we were in trouble.  We had to climb back up quite a ways and then descend to the other side of Forum Lake.
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We came down here from up on top of that ridge.
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The next day, we hiked 7 miles or so down Waterton Lake and back to Waterton townsite.  The dogs enjoyed this hike more -- there were plenty of opportunites for swimming. 
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Harley's a canadian.  Buddy's an american.
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No dogs allowed south of here.  GRR!
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Rock cliffs overhanging the lake trail.
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Hiking along Waterton Lake.
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A view of Waterton townsite.
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This tame deer followed us for a mile -- not even my dogs could scare it away.
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It probably associates people with food.
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We stayed 2 nights at Crandell Lake -- a 3 mile/1000 vertical foot climb from the nearest roads.  Fortunately, we had the woods to ourselves.  It was a beautiful campsite.
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The starshow was absolutely amazing September 7.  I never recall seeing more stars.  So, I attempted to take a few pictures.
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I also saw several shooting stars while watching the sky (sorry, didn't get a picture).

 

September 8, 2004, we arrived home for the first time since leaving for Alaska back on August 17.  Oh, what a vacation!