The Alpenglow Backpacking Trip
near Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Remote alpine lakes with stunning colours

  • The Alpenglow Backpacking Trip with Uplift Adventures

  • The Alpenglow Backpacking Trip with Uplift Adventures

  • The Alpenglow Backpacking Trip with Uplift Adventures

  • The Alpenglow Backpacking Trip with Uplift Adventures

  • The Alpenglow Backpacking Trip with Uplift Adventures

Castle Parks, near Waterton Lakes National Park

The alpenglow is the light off of the mountains either at sunset or sunrise that gives the landscape the most beautiful colour. In the South Canadian Rockies, there are natural red hues in the mountain rock, which showcase the best alpenglow. This backpacking trip will take you deep into the wilderness near Waterton Lakes National Park to two subalpine lakes. In the evening or late afternoon, we will take some time to explore the second lake a short distance away. Wake up early to watch the sunrise hit the mountain headwall and illuminate the start of your day.

This backpacking trip can be done two different ways for private trips. Add some relaxation and camp at the alpine lakes for two nights and make this a three-day trip. Have some extra time to just relax and do short day trips from your basecamp. Or stick to this option and experience the beautiful alpenglow yourself over two days.

This backpack is designed for an intermediate backpacker.

2023 DATES


JULY 15 - 16
AUGUST 19 - 20
SEPT 16 - 17

* Available for private bookings

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starting at $349
per person


Launch Special (before December 24): $349

Early Bird (December 25 to January 26): $399

Regular Price (after January 26): $424

* price includes meals, group gear, professional guide, and more
** price does not include taxes

Prepare for your trip!

Packing for your trip
We have the ultimate backpacking list for you on our website. Check it out. If you have more questions, ask ahead of time and ease your mind.

The day of your trip
An email is sent out at least a week before your trip. Ensure you read this email as it will review the meeting location and other information important for your trip.

We will meet up the evening before for a pre-trip briefing. If this is your first backpacking trip, please let us know and we can review even the smallest details. If you enjoy your trip, then we are happy! We are here to help you... cough, cough.. to guide you. All questions are welcome.

Highlights of this tour
  • Remote alpine lake with stunning views

  • Red hues during alpenglow

  • Single-track hiking trails away from the crowds

  • Expert knowledge from our locals guides

  • True backcountry experience


✔ Food on Day 1 (lunch, snacks, supper)

✔ Food on Day 2 (breakfast, lunch, snacks)

✔ Safety equipment (carried by guide: bear spray, first aid kit, satellite communication device, repair kit, guide tarp, maps)

✔ Group equipment (water filter / purification, cooking pots, cooking utensils, soap and scrubby, dishes, stoves, fuel, bear hang, rope)

✔ Professional guide (our backpacking guides are certified through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and are Wilderness First Responders)

✔ Permits

✔ Small group sizes


Transportation to trailhead

Personal Gear (gear can be rented at an additional and discounted cost, such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks)

✕ Accommodations before and after the trip

✕ Breakfast on Day 1

✕ Supper on Day 2

✕ Cancellation insurance


Tentative Trip Itinerary

Day 0

7 – 9PM

Meet the night before in Crowsnest Pass to organize gear, go over logistics, distribute food, and make sure we are set up for success!

Day 1


Meet in Crowsnest Pass at the designated location discussed the night before.

8AM – 9:30AM

Travel to trailhead. A high clearance vehicle is recommended to reach the trailhead. If you don’t have one, you will likely be able to jump in a vehicle with someone else before we reach the difficult section of the backcountry road.

9:30AM – 5PM

You will start your backpack trip in the stunning Castle Parks wilderness. During the day, you will have an unbridged creek crossing to give you the ultimate experience of remoteness. With your group, you will enjoy the beautiful mountain valley and follow a stunning creek to your final destination: an alpine lake. After dinner and setting up your campsite, you can venture up to the second lake to experience its beauty.

Distance: 11km
Elevation: 740m+

Day 2

10AM – 2PM

Wake up early to enjoy the stunning sunrise, or sleep in a bit while your guide starts making breakfast and fresh coffee. Make sure to give yourself some time to just relax. The hike out is slightly different than the hike in, but you will still have the opportunity to cross more creeks before returning to your vehicle.

Distance: 10km
Elevation: 60m+ 575m-

Total Distance: 21 km*

* Not including optional hikes from camp

Meeting Location (Day 0): In Crowsnest Pass

A pre-trip meeting will be held the night before your trip. We ask all participants to attend.

The exact location will be emailed to you the week leading up to your adventure.

Please Note: Our backpacking trips are often off-the-beaten-path and not at designated campsites. This means that we do not have a lot of infrastructure, such as picnic tables, outhouses, or bear bins. Your guide will give you the instruction on how to enjoy your time in the backcountry, while also being responsible backcountry users.

Must have a minimum of 4 participants to run the experience. Maximum group size is 8 participants per guide.

Uplift Adventures’ waivers are required to be signed before starting the trip.

Guests under 18 years of age, must have parental consent to attend the event and must be accompanied by a parent or adult who has been given written parental consent. Minimum age to participant is 15 years of age.

Guests must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, while out on the hiking portion of the trip. Uplift Adventures has the right to refuse participation if a guest is suspected under the influence prior to the experience. A return or compensation will not be given to the customer.

Please advise Uplift Adventures of any medical conditions or allergies prior to the event.

Cancellation Policy:

We will cancel and try to reschedule or give a refund if the weather is extreme. Examples of extreme weather include 120km continuous winds, below -25°C with wind chill, heavy snowfall warnings for the duration of our trip, and severe thunderstorms for the duration of the trip. Examples of extreme weather does not include subzero temperatures or rain.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a refund for any reason for this trip. Participants can transfer to another backpacking trip up to 2 weeks before the start date of this trip. Transfers will not be accepted within 2 weeks of the trip start date. Due to the high cost to operate this trip, logistics and arranging high quality guides, and out of respect for all participants who are arranging to attend this course, we do not allow cancellations for this trip. At any time, you can gift the trip to someone else if you cannot attend, or you can purchase cancellation insurance through a third party.

Below is an option to purchase cancellation or interruption insurance through an organization who offers insurance for adventures and trips. Uplift Adventures is not affiliated in any way with this organization. You can also check your credit card company as some will have cancellation insurance.

Tours can be offered to private groups with a minimum of four people between July and September. Please contact us for a private booking.

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