Tamarack Trail

  • Tamarack Lake - © Mitch Barries
  • Tamarack - © Mitch Barrie
  • Tamarack trail   - © flickr user mark goble
  • Tamarack trail - © flickr user Jim Lukach
  • Tamarack trail  - © flickr user mark goble

Key information: Tamarack Trail

  • The Tamarack Trail is perhaps the National Park’s most famous walk. It traverses high ridges with superb views, winds through larch forest, explores a stunning canyon and potters (indeed camps) by gorgeous lakes. 

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating88
  • Beauty36
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating88

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 3 days/36km
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,600m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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Tamarack trail - © flickr user Jim Lukach

WALK SUMMARY

Waterton Lakes NP’s outstanding landscape has been shaped by fire, ice, wind and floods and contains a rich variety of plants and wildlife. Above rich forests and beautiful lakes, high, bare, stony, but often surprisingly level hilltops above broken cliffs and cirques command huge and glorious views. 

The park provides homes for many animals, including wolf, coyote, cougar, grizzly bear and American black bear. The gorgeous lower grasslands are home to the famous elk, mule deer and white tailed deer.

The 36km, 3 day Tamarack Trail is perhaps the NP’s most famous walk. It traverses high ridges with superb views, winds through tamarack (larch) forest, explores a stunning canyon and potters (indeed camps) by gorgeous lakes. It is a demanding trail with major climbs/descents. That said, it can be done on horseback.

The track is walkable mid June to mid October – permit needed. 

This is demanding walking in high, remote mountains with fickle weather, on which you will have to be self-sufficient. Come prepared and be ready to deal with bears!

See KB Backpacking blog for an excellent account and fantastic photos.

This page is at an early stage of development. Please HELP US by sharing experiences, making suggestions and sending photos! THANK YOU!

See our Waterton Lakes LP page for further general and practical information and photos.

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Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Tamarack trail  - © flickr user mark goble

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