Access

Even though the GDT is remote and crosses few highways, public transportation and trailheads do exist to allow you to access the trail at various points whether you’re thru-hiking or section hiking.

Southern Terminus – Waterton Townsite:

From Calgary: Greyhound offers bus service to Pincher Creek from Calgary ($20-$50 and 4.5 hours). The bus from Calgary arrives in Pincher Creek very early in the morning (2:55am) so you might want or need to stay the night in Pincher Creek and head to Waterton the next morning. There is a campground (Sleepy Hollow) 10 minute walk from the bus station in Pincher Creek and several nearby motels. From Pincher Creek, a taxi service can take you the remaining 55 km to Waterton townsite for $80-90 (obviously more economical with 2 or more passengers).

From Glacier National Park (USA): Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters offers shuttle service during the summer to and from the Chief Mountain border crossing, connecting Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta with Glacier National Park in Montana.

From Waterton Townsite, there are two ways that hikers can reach the actual southern terminus on the International Boundary:

  1. Hike 6.3 km from the Lakeshore trailhead (a3) to the International Boundary (a1) and simply turn around at the border and walk back to Waterton Townsite (12.6 km return hike).
  2. Take a boat from the Waterton marina to Goat Haunt Ranger Station in Glacier National Park (USA) and hike 12.8 km back to Waterton Townsite via the Lakeshore Trail. Passport required. For sailing times, ticket prices and customs information, check out Waterton Shoreline Cruises Co.

Northern Termini:

Mount Robson (the Original Northern Terminus): Greyhound offers bus service to and from Mount Robson arriving and departing very early in the morning. Note that this is a highway “flag stop” near the Mount Robson Visitor Centre. Call or check out the Greyhound website for more information or reservations.

Kakwa Trailhead (the Extended Northern Terminus): There is no public transportation to the Kakwa trailhead so you must make your own travel arrangements. Access is via the Walker Creek Forest Service Road off of Highway 16. Walker Creek FSR is a rough and muddy dirt road and a 4WD high clearance vehicle is required.

Other Transportation options along the GDT:

  • Greyhound offers scheduled bus service to and from Pincher Creek, Coleman, Blairmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Mount Robson.
  • Brewster offers chartered coach service to and from Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.
  • Car rentals and taxi service are available in Pincher Creek, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.

Other Access to the GDT:
Turn on the “Access Routes & Trailheads” layer on our map to see exact locations of the following access points along the GDT.

Access Roads and TrailsNearest WaypointDistance to the GDT
Snowshoe Traila1611.1 km
Dutch Creek Roadb1425 km
Cache Creek Trailb212.1 km
Baril Creek Trailb309 km
Burstall Pass Trailc611.3 km
Mount Shark Trailc75.8 km
Sunshine Village Trailc15 or c161 km
Tumbling Creek Trailc3110.5 km
Helmet Creek Trailc3513.6 km
Tally-Ho Trailc394.8 km
Sunset Pass Traile612.6 km
Nigel Pass Traile137.4 km
Poboktan Creek Traile206 km
Mount Robson Berg Lake Trailf1629.6 km
Holmes River Road + Blueberry TrailAccess to Jackpine High Route43.4 km (road) + 7.2 km (trail)
Walker Creek RoadGDT northern terminus74.6 km
Trailheads directly on the GDTCorresponding Waypoint
Lakeshore Traila2 at Waterton Townsite
Carthew-Alderson Traila3 at Waterton Townsite
Carthew-Alderson Traila8 on Akamina Parkway
Rowe Lakes Traila9 on Akamina Parkway
West Castle Roada30 near Castle Mountain Ski Resort
Suicide Creek Traila31 on West Castle Road
Lynx Creek Roada36 and a44
Colemanb1 on Highway 3
Allison Creek Roadb4
Aldridge Creek Trailb32 on Kananaskis Powerline Road
Elk Lakes Trailnear b38 on Elk Valley Road
Elk Pass Trailb40 on Kananaskis Lakes Trail
North Interlakes Trailc1 on Kananaskis Lakes Trail
Hawk Creek & Floe Lake Trailsc23 on Highway 93
Ottertail Trailc38 on Highway 1
Natural Bridge & Amiskwi Trailc39 on Emerald Lake Road
Howse Pass Traild16 on Highway 93
Owen Creek Traile1 on Highway 11
Skyline Traile25 on Maligne Lake Road
Signal Mountain Traile32 on Maligne Lake Road
Old Fort Pointe34 near Jasper
Miette River Trailf1 on Highway 16
Kakwa Lake Trailon Walker Creek Road

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