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Trail Illustrated Map Glacier
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for Glacier National Park contains detailed topographic info, named and clearly marked trails, recreational points of interest, and navigational aids for both Glacier and Waterton Lakes in Canada.



















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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes Nat'l Parks provides details for more than 60 hikes in the area, including detailed trail descriptions, difficulty ratings, average hiking times, best hiking seasons, GPS - compatible maps, and hikes suited to every ability.





























Granite Park Chalet

Trail Features: Outstanding views, Wildflowers Heavens Peak
Trail Location: The Loop
Roundtrip Length: 8.4 Miles
Total Elevation Gain: 2450 Feet
Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 583 Feet
Highest Elevation: 6670 Feet
Trail Difficulty Rating: 13.30 (strenuous)
Parking Lot Latitude 48.755
Parking Lot Longitude -113.80048


Trail Description:

This hike to the Granite Park Chalet begins from The Loop, a sharp bend in the Going-to-the-Sun Road on the west side of the park, located 13.1 miles east of the McDonald Lodge. The trailhead is located near the apex in the bend of the road.

The trail is technically called the Granite Park Trail, but many people refer to it as the Loop Trail. Roughly one-tenth of a mile from the trailhead you’ll cross a footbridge, and almost immediately will begin to notice the devastation from the Trapper Creek Fire of 2003. Much of this hike will pass through the ghostly remains of thousands of dead trees.

wildflowersAt roughly 0.6 miles you’ll reach the Packers Roost Trail junction. To continue on towards the Chalet, veer towards the right here. Just beyond the junction the trail begins to climb, and over the course of the next 3.4 miles will make a steady and relatively steep climb of more than 2400 feet on its way to the Chalet. With the trail being exposed for most of its length, you may want to consider starting this hike early in the morning when the forecast calls for hot and sunny weather.

Before 2003 the Granite Park Trail was heavily wooded, but the lightning ignited wildfire, which burned more than 19,000 acres, swept through and opened up vistas of the surrounding mountains. The forest, however, is already in the process of regeneration. Today you'll find extensive undergrowth, including thousands of wildflowers.

As you continue to climb higher make sure to look out across the valley for a birds-eye view of the massive 8987-foot Heavens Peak, the most dominate feature in the area. In the valley below is McDonald Creek, as well as many dead trees from the aforementioned fire.

At roughly 2.8 miles the trail begins passing through sections of healthy pine forest. In areas that are more open, as you near the top, you’ll have some great views of the Garden Wall and Swiftcurrent Mountain directly ahead of you. If you look closely you may even notice the fire tower sitting atop the 8438-foot mountain.

At 3.6 miles you’ll reach the spur trail that leads to the Granite Park Backcountry Campground. It includes four individual campsites, two of which can be reserved ahead of time.

granite park chaletHikers will reach the Highline Trail junction roughly 4.2 miles from the trailhead. A turn to the right here will take you up to Logan Pass. Going straight will take you towards the Fifty Mountain Backcountry Campground. To visit the Granite Park Chalet, hikers should turn left here.

The Granite Park Chalet was built in 1914 and 1915 by the Great Northern Railway to provide comfortable backcountry accommodations inside Glacier National Park. The rustic lodge was the last of nine chalets built by the railroad, and today is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Compared to Sperry Chalet, the Granite Park Chalet is much more basic, and is essentially a simple hiker's hostel, with virtually no amenities. It has 12 guest rooms, each with 2 to 6 bunks. There’s no electricity, but the common-area kitchen does have a propane stove where you can cook a warm lunch or dinner.

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The chalet also sells packaged foods, beverages, snacks, and bottled water to hikers. If not interested in buying water, there’s a stream about a quarter-mile away along a rocky and rugged trail. You will have to treat this water first. For more information and to make a reservation, please click here.








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