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HIKING IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Photo: Danyelle Magnan

Photo: Danyelle Magnan

Photo: Joey Vosburgh


Glacier National Park has a rich natural and cultural of national significance, both historical and natural.
history. The park protects unique stands of old-growth The abandoned rail-grade, stone bridges and trestle
cedar and hemlock, and a great diversity of wildlife. supports, snow sheds and other structures associated The hiking trails in Glacier National Park will lead you to stunning ridges
Created in 1886 following the completion of the with the railway may all be visited on self-guiding trails. and viewpoints that will make the climbs worthwhile. The Columbia Mountains
Canadian Pacific Railway’s transcontinental line, the park Trails leading to spectacular glacier viewpoints were laid are steep and the valleys narrow, allowing for only a few easy hikes and a good
enticed travellers to its uncharted wilderness and the out by the Swiss guides for their clients a century ago –
area became the birthplace of mountaineering in North and are still waiting for you to discover the magic of the number of difficult ones. Use the trail chart below to choose a hike suitable
America. Today’s explorers will find heritage resources Selkirks for yourself. for everyone in your party.
Photos left to right: Hiking Balu Pass; dwarf dogwood and foam flower; mountain goats
Our trails are managed to protect the safety of both bears and people.
Plan Ahead and Prepare Safety
Type Hiking Trail Estimated Time Distance Elevation Trail Description
(Return) (Return) Gain
Remember, you are responsible for your own safety. Emergency
• Get advice from a Parks Canada Information Centre. Emergency Dispatch Number: Call 1-877-852-3100. Tell 1 Hemlock Grove 15 minutes 350 m loop Minimal Interpretive boardwalk through old-growth cedar-hemlock forest.
• Study trail descriptions and maps before starting. dispatchers you have a backcountry emergency in Glacier National
2 Rock Garden 30 minutes 428 m loop Minimal Interpretive trail with rock staircases and stepping stones. Slippery and steep sections.

SHORT HIKES
• Check the weather forecast and current trail conditions. Park and require assistance. Cell phone reception is unreliable.
3 Loop Brook Trail 45 minutes 1.7 km 42 m Interpretive trail on old rail grade highlights railway history. Short steep sections.
• Choose a trail suitable for the least experienced member in Keep Wildlife Wild, and Yourself Safer
your group. 4 Meeting of the Waters 30 minutes 1.3 km loop Minimal Forest walk past the confluence of Asulkan Brook and the Illecillewaet River.
• Travel in groups and make noise to avoid surprise encounters.
• Pack adequate food, water, clothing, maps and gear. • Do not feed, touch, or approach wildlife. Stay at least 30 to 50 5 1885 2 hours 7.2 km Minimal Interpretive trail along the original Canadian Pacific rail-grade. Prone to early season flooding
• Carry a first aid kit and bear spray. metres away from most animals, and 100 metres away from bears. 6 Abandoned Rails 1 hour 2.8 km Minimal Interpretive trail along the original Canadian Pacific rail grade.
• Tell somebody where you’re going, when you’ll be back and • Carry bear spray and know how to use it. 7 Bear Creek Falls 1 hour 1 km 62 m Short, steep trail down to Bear Creek Falls.
who to call if you don’t return. • Pets must be on a leash at all times.
• Travel with a friend or group. 8 Marion Lake 2.5 hours 4.4 km 425 m Steep forested hike along the first leg of the Abbott Ridge Trail to Marion Lake.
• Be prepared for emergencies and changes in weather. Avalanches 9 Great Glacier 3.5 hours 6.4 km 321 m Trail up to the sloping bedrock below the Illecillewaet Glacier.
10 Bostock Creek 7 hours 15.6 km 740 m Moderate hike through the interior rainforest and into the subalpine forest.
Stay on Maintained Trails The right combination of snow cover and slope angle can produce
avalanches. Be careful when crossing snow slopes or when 11 Avalanche Crest 5 hours 8.2 km 795 m Steep trail into an alpine basin. The nearby left ridge overlooks the highway/railway corridor.
• To prevent trail damage stay on the trail and avoid shortcuts. exposed to avalanche paths. Avalanche control explosive artillery 12 Balu Pass 4 hours 12.8 km 788 m Trail through avalanche paths into alpine meadows offering amazing views.
projectiles are fired at the slopes near the Trans-Canada highway.

DAY HIKES
Leave What You Find, and Take What You Bring Unexploded projectiles might exist. If you see one, do not touch or 13 Asulkan Valley 6 hours 13.8 km 869 m Glacier views, mountain scenery and waterfalls. Trail steepens after 4 km.
• Pack out all garbage, including diapers and food waste. move it! Note its location and call 1-877-852-3100 or 911. 14 Hermit 4 hours 6.4 km 819 m Steep trail into alpine meadows. A designated campsite is located in the Hermit Meadows.
• Dispose of human waste at least 100 m from any water 15 Sir Donald 5 hours 10.2 km 1008 m Built as a mountaineering route, this rigorous hike accesses an alpine basin below the peak.
source. Bury solid human waste in a hole 15 cm deep. Pack
out your toilet paper.
More Information 16 Glacier Crest 6 hours 11.4 km 958 m Steep trail up onto a ridge providing a panoramic view of rock and glacial ice.
• Natural and cultural resources such as rocks, fossils, artifacts, • Parks Canada Revelstoke Office: 250-837-7500 17 Perley Rock 6 hours 10.8 km 1143 m Steep, ambitious hike ending at a high viewpoint overlooking the Illecillewaet Icefield.
horns, antlers, wildflowers and nests are protected by law and
must be left undisturbed for others to discover and enjoy. • Website: www.pc.gc.ca/glacier 18 Abbott Ridge 6.5 hours 13.6 km 1029 m Trail up to alpine tundra that ends on a narrow ridge. During early season take the marked
• Glacier Trail Conditions Report: www.pc.gc.ca/glaciertrails short cut to avoid a steep snow slope.
Backcountry • Weather: www.weatheroffice.gc.ca 19 Beaver Valley
3 days 42 km 449 m Trail passes through large stretches of old growth forest. Trail can be connected to
A backcountry camping permit is required for any overnight trip. • Avalanche Reports, Information and Training: one way one way one way
the Bald Hills via Caribou Pass. Random camping available beyond 5 km. There is
MULTI-DAY

www.avalanche.ca designated camping at the “20 Mile” campsite. Beyond 20 Mile, trail difficulty increases
Random Camping as sections are obscured by vegetation and/or wash-outs.
Non-designated or random camping may be permitted. Ask
Parks Canada Information Centre staff for details. Done with this Brochure? The trail accesses the extensive alpine meadows of the Bald Hills. Designated
20 Bald Hills Up to 4 days 16 – 40 km 1130 m
campsites are located at 20 Mile and at Caribou Pass. The trail is not marked between
Please return for re-use to a park facility or share it with others.
Fishing varies
varies the Copperstain Pass and Caribou Pass campsites. Hikers must be experienced in route
with with
How was your trip? route route finding and carry a map and compass in case visibility is poor in the Bald Hills.
A National Park fishing licence is required. selection selection
Please send us your comments at revglacier.reception@pc.gc.ca
and report trail problems to park staff. Easy Moderate Difficult

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