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Hiking in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has more than 700 miles of hiking trails and the Going-to-the-Sun Road serves as the trailhead for many.  There are trails for all abilities, from short strolls to more strenuous climbs and hikes of ten miles or more. (More – read rest of story).  Here are some favorites.

  • Trail of the Cedars: This beautiful nature trail is wheelchair accessible. Winding through old-growth forest, the northern portion of the loop is boardwalk with a paved southern portion.  0.7 mile
  • Avalanche Lake: One of the most popular day hikes in Glacier, the trail takes off from the Trail of the Cedars boardwalk and follows the west rim of the Avalanche Gorge where rushing water has cut numerous chutes and bowls in the rock.  4.6 miles round trip to the foot of the lake.
  • Hidden Lake Overlook: This nature trail begins at the Logan Pass Visitors Center.  The boardwalk protects the fragile alpine fields of wildflowers as the trail gains about 500 feet along the 1.5-mile route to the overlook. Some simply enjoy the view while others take the trail down to the lake. This is a rather steep 700 foot decline making the return climb rather strenuous. 1.5 miles to Overlook.  3.0 to Hidden Lake.

  • Haystack Butte on the Highline Trail: The Logan Pass area also offers day hikers access to part of the 20-mile Highline Trail traveling along the Continental Divide from Logan Pass to the Waterton Valley in Canada. The first three miles from Logan are fairly level and provide spectacular views and an opportunity to get an almost bird’s eye view of Glacier National Park. Many enjoy lunch and the view from the slopes around Haystack Butte before returning to Logan Pass. 6.8 miles round trip.
  • Sun Point Nature Trail: Pamphlets are available at the start of the trail to help hikers fully enjoy all aspects of this easy nature trail. Sun Point provides a great view of St. Mary Lake before proceeding to Baring Falls. 1.3 miles round trip.
  • St. Mary Falls: Hikers can start from the trailhead or take a side trip from the Sun Point Nature Trail. The trail will take you to both St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls. St. Mary Falls – 2.4 miles round trip; Virginia Falls – 3.6 miles round trip.

These are only a few of the trails that can be accessed from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.  There are additional hiking trails in the Two Medicine and Many Glacier areas and Waterton National Park. For more information about hikes in Glacier National Park:

Glacier National Park 406-888-7800, http://www.nps.gov/glac

To learn more about Bigfork and the surrounding area , visit www.bigfork.org.  Media queries may be directed to Carol Beck-Edgar at edgecomm@montanasky.us. 406-837-2061.

 


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