At only 1.5 km (0.9 miles), The
Bears Hump is a short, strenuous but rewarding climb that begins at the
Waterton Visitor Resource Centre. Once
known as Bear Mountain by the Piikani (Blackfoot) tribe for its humplike
appearance, this rocky trail becomes a veritable staircase by the half way mark
yet ends on the flat dome of the "Hump".
At the end of this climb, you will
be greeted by spectacular views of Waterton Valley and Mount Cleveland, the
tallest summit in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The luminescent Middle and Lower Waterton Lakes
glisten from this vantage point. The
views of the rolling prairies to the north will give you unique and
breathtaking insight as to why Waterton is described as "where the mountains
meet the prairies".
Bears Hump is a short family hike
that allows even the most novice hikers the feeling of standing on top of the