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.

2024 DATES

with a welcome party the evening before the trip

JULY 26-28 (Women only)
AUGUST 16-17 (Co-ed)
SEPT 6-7 (Women only)

* Available for private bookings. For groups of 4 or more, the price remains the same.

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$599 (regular price)
per person

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

Prepare for your trip!

Packing for your trip
After you book your trip, check your email for a booking confirmation. If you didn't get it, then something went wrong and you can email us. In the booking confirmation we send out information on how to prepare for your trip and a link to our Visitor Guide to help with planning. 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 and we will confirm a meal plan with the group. Ensure you read this email and respond to the meal plan. The email will also indicate the meeting location and other information important for your trip.

Your trip starts with us meeting up in the evening for a welcome party (Day 0 in the itineray). If this is your first backpacking trip, please let us know and we can review even the smallest details. When you enjoy your trip, then we are happy! We are here to help you and to make this trip positively memorable. 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. Take in the sunset to watch the alpenglow goodness on the mountain headwalls.

Distance: 14km
Elevation: 720m+

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: 14km
Elevation: 720m-

Total Distance: 28 km*

* Not including optional hikes from camp

Meeting Location (Day 0): In Crowsnest Pass

A welcome party 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.


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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