Top Trails: Glacier National Park Must-Do Hikes for Everyone

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  • Copyright: 2014-07-15
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
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Written by local author Jean Arthur, Top Trails: Glacier National Park leads visitors to secluded trails and unique settings while providing details of current and past human activity, wildlife movement, and geologic changes that altered the landscape and created America’s tenth national park. The unique approach of Top Trails: Glacier National Park reveals the best trails that wind alongside sensitive meadows and climb above crystalline lakes and leads hikers to backcountry respites unique to Glacier. The guide also traces outlaws, poachers, and mining ventures that occurred inside the current park boundary.

Author Biography

Jean Arthur hiked 400 miles of Glacier’s trails during 2012 and 2013, retracing routes she’s been hiking for 30 years, and spent hours with park historians, Blackfeet Indian guides, and in libraries among historic collections of Glacier’s artifacts. She lives in Bozeman, MT.

Table of Contents

Glacier National Park Map
Glacier National Park Trails Table
Using Top Trails

Organization of Top Trails
Choosing a Trail
Introduction to Glacier National Park
Geography & Topography
When to Go
Weather & Seasons
Trail Selection
Key Features
Multiple Uses
On the Trail
Have a Plan
Carry the Essentials
Useful-But-Less-Than-Essential Items
Trail Etiquette
West Side Trails: Lake McDonald & The North Fork

1. Trail of the Cedars
2. Avalanche Lake Trail
3. Fish Lake Trail
4. Going To The Sun Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trail
5. Gunsight Pass Trail to Sperry Chalet
6. Mount Brown Lookout Trail
7. Snyder Lake Trail
8. Fish Lake Trail
9. Huckleberry Mountain Lookout Trail
10. Apgar Lookout Trail
The Greater North Fork

11. Akokala Lake Trail
12. Quartz Lake & Lower Quartz Lake Trail
13. Logging Lake Trail
14. Boulder Pass Trail to Hole-in-the-Wall
15. Brown Pass Trail to Waterton, Canada
Logan Pass & St. Mary’s

16. Hidden Lake
17. Highline Trail along the Garden Wall
18. Loop Trail to Granite Park Chalet
19. Siyeh Bend Trail to Jackson Glacier Overlook
20. Beaver Pond Trail
21. Otokomi Lake Trail
22. Siyeh Pass Trail
23. Piegan Pass
24. Sun Point to Reynolds Creek
25. St. Mary Falls Trail to Virginia Falls & Baring Falls
26. Gunsight Pass Trail to Gunsight Lake & Florence Falls
South Side

27. Autumn Creek Trail
28. Firebrand Pass & Ole Lake
29. Scenic Point Trail
Two Medicine

30. Running Eagle Falls Nature Trail
31. Upper Two Medicine Lake Trail & Twin Falls
32. Dawson Pass Trail & Pitamakin Pass
33. Two Medicine Pass Trail to Cobalt Lake
Many Glacier

34. Appekunny Falls Trail
35. Swiftcurrent Lake Nature Trail
36. Grinnell Glacier & Grinnell Lake Trail
37. Iceberg Lake Trail
38. Ptarmigan Lake & Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail
Canada: Waterton Lakes National Park

39. Bertha Lake Trail
40. Crypt Lake
41. Cameron Lake
Appendix 1: Top-Rated Trails
Appendix 2: Governing Agencies & Nonprofit Organizations
Appendix 3: Maps, Books, & Internet Resources
Appendix 4: Outdoor Gear, Supplies & Food
About the Author

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