5 miles
1,366 ft
-1,703 ft
Avg time

Crandell Lake Details

  • Riding Area
    Waterton, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Alpine Trail
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

The most technical of the mountain bike trails in Waterton. This trail starts in the Crandell campground, off the Red Rock Parkway. It then climbs up to Crandell Lake, then continues over a small pass before descending to parallel the Akamina Parkway, and ends at the edge of the town of Waterton.

For the first 2km, you'll be climbing on a trail that's heavily used by hikers and day-trippers on their way to Crandell lake. After you finish the climb to the ridge, you're much less likely to encounter others on the descent back into Waterton, though this is a mixed use trail so be careful of both hikers, and horseback riders. Make sure to yield the right of way, and be friendly.

The climb up to Crandell Lake is fairly moderate, and the trail is typically 3+ feet wide in most places. After Crandell Lake, it becomes a narrower standard singletrack trail. There are a few somewhat technical rocky sections on the descent, but nothing to challenge an experienced rider. While the ride itself is fun, the scenery is breathtaking.

After a few km of descent, the trail will actually come down to the Akamina Parkway. While it's tempting to leave the trail here and ride down the parkway, you'd miss out on some of the most fun sections of the ride. It's worth the brief climb to stay on the singletrack all the way into town.

You can either shuttle this trail, or start from the town of Waterton and ride an easy 7km out the Red Rock Parkway to reach the trailhead at Crandell Campground, and turn it into a loop.

Make sure you come prepared for bears. Both black-bear and grizzly encounters are common, and even expected in this part of the park.

Access Info

Ride, or drive through most of the Crandell Campground, to its southwestern corner where you'll find a parking lot, and the start of the Crandell Lake Trail.

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More Stats for Crandell Lake bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -337 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,260 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,219 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,597 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,260 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,894 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jul 1, 2018
Avg: 3 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to crandell-lake trailhead (49.099260, -113.960785)
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Crandell Lake Trail Reports

Jul 1, 2018 @ 8:51am
Jul 1, 2018
Jul 1, 2018 @ 8:51am
Jul 1, 2018
Burnt bridge removed. Still debris and ash piles from fire and washouts from rain
Jun 24, 2018 @ 12:25pm
Jun 24, 2018
Lots of rock debris from the fire as well as large muddy ash piles. Water drainage issues and burnt out bridges. Not recommended.
Jun 24, 2018 @ 12:24pm
Jun 24, 2018
Lots of rock debris on the trail due to the fire. Ash and soot piles as well as water drainage issue. Burnt out bridge. Not recommended
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Crandell Lake, Waterton

2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag gingerbeardmike (May 26, 2018 at 12:26)
 Currently closed as of May 26, 2018 due to the forest fire last summer.
  • + 0
flag SteeleJ (Jun 24, 2018 at 12:26)
 Lots of loose rock debris, soot and muddy ash piles, water drainage issues and a burnt out bridge. Not recommended.

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4:52 | 283 | Jan 22, 2017 , Waterton

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