Carthew Alderson trail is considered as one of the best hikes in Waterton lakes National park.
This is a one way trail, a shuttle bus operated by Tamarrack outfitters dropped us at Cameron lake.
The plan was to begin at Cameron lake and finish Waterton village..Simple!
I was prepared to explore and experience even though we were told this is one of the difficult hikes in the area with a distance over 20KM.
My legs hadn’t fully recovered from the hike we did the previous day. Somehow I chose to ignore the vital signs of my body and started the hike.
It was all good until I reached the Summit lake, the terrain was not that difficult at all.
From now on it was mostly descend- the beauty of this hike was the landscape kept changing every few kilometers
We even had a chance to experience a little snow
After this point I couldn’t move. Literally. I had to take a longer break to reevaluate if I was able to continue my hike back; the right knee had already given up on me. At this moment I started to wonder what is going to happen.
With all the right motivation and support by Karthick, I was back on track. This time we were really slow as I had to calculate each every step carefully to avoid further damage. I should accept this was the toughest 6KM ever in my life.
Being very slow was daunting but had few advantages, we came across some wild goats, beavers etc. And of-course the fellow hikers made use of our pace to inquire about the distance to next lake/summit and also requested our service to capture their Kodak moment.
When I saw the Waterton village at a distance all my sense came back to life.
This is an unforgettable trail which had tons of spectacular views, breath taking moments and a lot of time to reflect on myself. This trail had absolutely tested the mental and physical strength beyond my imagination. It taught to respect my body and brought a whole new level admiration to nature.
Distance: 14.96 Miles, Elevation:2,680 feet, Time :8hrs 26 min.