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Glacier National Park has a rich natural and cultural history. The park protects unique stands of old-growth cedar and hemlock, and a great diversity of wildlife. Created in 1886 following the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s transcontinental line, the park enticed travellers to its uncharted wilderness and the area became the birthplace of mountaineering in North America. Today’s explorers will find

Photo: Joey Vosburgh

Photo: Danyelle Magnan

Photo: Danyelle Magnan

HIKING IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

heritage resources of national significance, both historical and natural. The abandoned rail-grade, stone bridges and trestle supports, snow sheds and other structures associated with the railway may all be visited on self-guiding trails. Trails leading to spectacular glacier viewpoints were laid out by the Swiss guides for their clients a century ago – and are still waiting for you to discover the magic of the Selkirks for yourself.

The hiking trails in Glacier National Park will lead you to stunning ridges and viewpoints that will make the climbs worthwhile. The Columbia Mountains are steep and the valleys narrow, allowing for only a few easy hikes and a good number of difficult ones. Use the trail chart below to choose a hike suitable for everyone in your party. For more detailed route finding and trail descriptions, consult the “Footloose in the Columbias” or “Glacier Country” available for purchase from the Friends of Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier.

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

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 dispatchers you have a backcountry emergency in Glacier National Park and require assistance. Cell phone reception is unreliable.

• Choose a trail suitable for the least experienced member in your group.

Keep Wildlife Wild, and Yourself Safer

• Pack adequate food, water, clothing, maps and gear.

• Travel in groups and make noise to avoid surprise encounters.

• Carry a first aid kit and bear spray.

• Do not feed, touch, or approach wildlife. Stay at least 30 to 50 metres away from most animals, and 100 metres away from bears.

• Tell somebody where you’re going, when you’ll be back and who to call if you don’t return. • Travel with a friend or group. • Be prepared for emergencies and changes in weather.

Stay on Maintained Trails • To prevent trail damage stay on the trail and avoid shortcuts.

Leave What You Find, and Take What You Bring • Pack out all garbage, including diapers and food waste. • Dispose of human waste at least 100 m from any water source. Bury solid human waste in a hole 15 cm deep. Pack out your toilet paper. • Natural and cultural resources such as rocks, fossils, artifacts, horns, antlers, wildflowers and nests are protected by law and must be left undisturbed for others to discover and enjoy.

Backcountry

• Carry bear spray and know how to use it. • Pets must be on a leash at all times.

Avalanches The right combination of snow cover and slope angle can produce avalanches. Be careful when crossing snow slopes or when exposed to avalanche paths. Avalanche control explosive artillery projectiles are fired at the slopes near the Trans-Canada highway. Unexploded projectiles might exist. If you see one, do not touch or move it! Note its location and call 1-877-852-3100 or 911.

(Return)

Distance Elevation (Return) Gain

1 Hemlock Grove

15 minutes

350 m loop Minimal

2 Rock Garden 3 Loop Brook Trail

30 minutes

428 m loop Minimal

4 Meeting of the Waters

30 minutes

45 minutes

1.7 km

42 m

1.3 km loop Minimal

Trail Description Interpretive boardwalk through old-growth cedar-hemlock forest. Interpretive trail with rock staircases and stepping stones. Slippery and steep sections. Interpretive trail on old rail grade highlights railway history. Short steep sections. Forest walk past the confluence of Asulkan Brook and the Illecillewaet River.

Interpretive trail along the original Canadian Pacific rail-grade. Prone to early season flooding

5 1885

2 hours

7.2 km

Minimal

6 Abandoned Rails 7 Bear Creek Falls

1 hour

2.8 km

Minimal

1 hour

1 km

62 m

Short, steep trail down to Bear Creek Falls.

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.

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.

Interpretive trail along the original Canadian Pacific rail grade.

5 hours

8.2 km

795 m

Steep trail into an alpine basin. The nearby left ridge overlooks the highway/railway corridor.

4 hours

12.8 km

788 m

Trail through avalanche paths into alpine meadows offering amazing views.

13 Asulkan Valley

6 hours

13.8 km

869 m

Glacier views, mountain scenery and waterfalls. Trail steepens after 4 km.

14 Hermit

4 hours

6.4 km

819 m

Steep trail into alpine meadows. A designated campsite is located in the Hermit Meadows.

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.

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.

• 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.

• 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 short cut to avoid a steep snow slope.

19 Beaver Valley

3 days one way

42 km one way

449 m Trail passes through large stretches of old growth forest. Trail can be connected to one way the Bald Hills via Caribou Pass. Random camping available beyond 5 km. There is

More Information

• Glacier Trail Conditions Report: www.pc.gc.ca/glaciertrails • Weather: www.weatheroffice.gc.ca

Random Camping

• Maps and Guide Books: Friends of Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier at 250-837-2010 or www.friendsrevglacier.com

• Avalanche Reports, Information and Training: www.avalanche.ca

Done with this Brochure?

Fishing

Please return for re-use to a park facility or share it with others.

A National Park fishing licence is required.

How was your trip? Please send us your comments at revglacier.reception@pc.gc.ca and report trail problems to park staff.

Également offert en français

Estimated mated Time

12 Balu Pass

A backcountry camping permit is required for any overnight trip.

Non-designated or random camping may be permitted. Ask Parks Canada Information Centre staff for details.

Hiking Trail

11 Avalanche Crest

DAY HIKES

• Check the weather forecast and current trail conditions.

MULTI-DAY

• Study trail descriptions and maps before starting.

SHORT HIKES

Type

20 Bald Hills via

Up to 4 days

Copperstain

Easy

16 – 40 km 1130 m varies with route selection

Moderate

designated camping at the “20 Mile” campsite. Beyond 20 Mile, trail difficulty increases as sections are obscured by vegetation and/or wash-outs.

Difficult

varies with route selection

The trail accesses the extensive alpine meadows of the Bald Hills. Designated campsites are located at Copperstain Pass, 20 Mile and at Caribou Pass. The trail is not marked between the Copperstain Pass and Caribou Pass campsites. Hikers must be experienced in route finding and carry a map and compass in case visibility is poor in the Bald Hills.


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Rogers Glacier

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Mount Sifton 2897 m

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Moderate

Difficult

Hope Peak 2877 m

Faith Peak 2850 m

20 Bald Hills via Copperstain

Easy

Tomatin Peak 2864 m

Virtu Virtue Moun Mountain

19 Beaver Valley

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Mount McBean

Findhorn Peak 2733 m

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The Witch Tower

17 Perley Rock Asulkan Hut

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Geikie Glacier

8 Marion Lake

16 Glacier Crest

Lily Glacier

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Moonraker Peak 2830 m

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Rogers Pass Discovery Centre

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Backcountry Campsite

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Nordic Mountain

Mystic Mountain 2643 m

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Caribou Peak 2582 m


Glacier National Park has a rich natural and cultural history. The park protects unique stands of old-growth cedar and hemlock, and a great diversity of wildlife. Created in 1886 following the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s transcontinental line, the park enticed travellers to its uncharted wilderness and the area became the birthplace of mountaineering in North America. Today’s explorers will find

Photo: Joey Vosburgh

Photo: Danyelle Magnan

Photo: Danyelle Magnan

HIKING IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

heritage resources of national significance, both historical and natural. The abandoned rail-grade, stone bridges and trestle supports, snow sheds and other structures associated with the railway may all be visited on self-guiding trails. Trails leading to spectacular glacier viewpoints were laid out by the Swiss guides for their clients a century ago – and are still waiting for you to discover the magic of the Selkirks for yourself.

The hiking trails in Glacier National Park will lead you to stunning ridges and viewpoints that will make the climbs worthwhile. The Columbia Mountains are steep and the valleys narrow, allowing for only a few easy hikes and a good number of difficult ones. Use the trail chart below to choose a hike suitable for everyone in your party. For more detailed route finding and trail descriptions, consult the “Footloose in the Columbias” or “Glacier Country” available for purchase from the Friends of Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier.

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

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 dispatchers you have a backcountry emergency in Glacier National Park and require assistance. Cell phone reception is unreliable.

• Choose a trail suitable for the least experienced member in your group.

Keep Wildlife Wild, and Yourself Safer

• Pack adequate food, water, clothing, maps and gear.

• Travel in groups and make noise to avoid surprise encounters.

• Carry a first aid kit and bear spray.

• Do not feed, touch, or approach wildlife. Stay at least 30 to 50 metres away from most animals, and 100 metres away from bears.

• Tell somebody where you’re going, when you’ll be back and who to call if you don’t return. • Travel with a friend or group. • Be prepared for emergencies and changes in weather.

Stay on Maintained Trails • To prevent trail damage stay on the trail and avoid shortcuts.

Leave What You Find, and Take What You Bring • Pack out all garbage, including diapers and food waste. • Dispose of human waste at least 100 m from any water source. Bury solid human waste in a hole 15 cm deep. Pack out your toilet paper. • Natural and cultural resources such as rocks, fossils, artifacts, horns, antlers, wildflowers and nests are protected by law and must be left undisturbed for others to discover and enjoy.

Backcountry

• Carry bear spray and know how to use it. • Pets must be on a leash at all times.

Avalanches The right combination of snow cover and slope angle can produce avalanches. Be careful when crossing snow slopes or when exposed to avalanche paths. Avalanche control explosive artillery projectiles are fired at the slopes near the Trans-Canada highway. Unexploded projectiles might exist. If you see one, do not touch or move it! Note its location and call 1-877-852-3100 or 911.

(Return)

Distance Elevation (Return) Gain

1 Hemlock Grove

15 minutes

350 m loop Minimal

2 Rock Garden 3 Loop Brook Trail

30 minutes

428 m loop Minimal

4 Meeting of the Waters

30 minutes

45 minutes

1.7 km

42 m

1.3 km loop Minimal

Trail Description Interpretive boardwalk through old-growth cedar-hemlock forest. Interpretive trail with rock staircases and stepping stones. Slippery and steep sections. Interpretive trail on old rail grade highlights railway history. Short steep sections. Forest walk past the confluence of Asulkan Brook and the Illecillewaet River.

Interpretive trail along the original Canadian Pacific rail-grade. Prone to early season flooding

5 1885

2 hours

7.2 km

Minimal

6 Abandoned Rails 7 Bear Creek Falls

1 hour

2.8 km

Minimal

1 hour

1 km

62 m

Short, steep trail down to Bear Creek Falls.

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.

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.

Interpretive trail along the original Canadian Pacific rail grade.

5 hours

8.2 km

795 m

Steep trail into an alpine basin. The nearby left ridge overlooks the highway/railway corridor.

4 hours

12.8 km

788 m

Trail through avalanche paths into alpine meadows offering amazing views.

13 Asulkan Valley

6 hours

13.8 km

869 m

Glacier views, mountain scenery and waterfalls. Trail steepens after 4 km.

14 Hermit

4 hours

6.4 km

819 m

Steep trail into alpine meadows. A designated campsite is located in the Hermit Meadows.

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.

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.

• 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.

• 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 short cut to avoid a steep snow slope.

19 Beaver Valley

3 days one way

42 km one way

449 m Trail passes through large stretches of old growth forest. Trail can be connected to one way the Bald Hills via Caribou Pass. Random camping available beyond 5 km. There is

More Information

• Glacier Trail Conditions Report: www.pc.gc.ca/glaciertrails • Weather: www.weatheroffice.gc.ca

Random Camping

• Maps and Guide Books: Friends of Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier at 250-837-2010 or www.friendsrevglacier.com

• Avalanche Reports, Information and Training: www.avalanche.ca

Done with this Brochure?

Fishing

Please return for re-use to a park facility or share it with others.

A National Park fishing licence is required.

How was your trip? Please send us your comments at revglacier.reception@pc.gc.ca and report trail problems to park staff.

Également offert en français

Estimated mated Time

12 Balu Pass

A backcountry camping permit is required for any overnight trip.

Non-designated or random camping may be permitted. Ask Parks Canada Information Centre staff for details.

Hiking Trail

11 Avalanche Crest

DAY HIKES

• Check the weather forecast and current trail conditions.

MULTI-DAY

• Study trail descriptions and maps before starting.

SHORT HIKES

Type

20 Bald Hills via

Up to 4 days

Copperstain

Easy

16 – 40 km 1130 m varies with route selection

Moderate

designated camping at the “20 Mile” campsite. Beyond 20 Mile, trail difficulty increases as sections are obscured by vegetation and/or wash-outs.

Difficult

varies with route selection

The trail accesses the extensive alpine meadows of the Bald Hills. Designated campsites are located at Copperstain Pass, 20 Mile and at Caribou Pass. The trail is not marked between the Copperstain Pass and Caribou Pass campsites. Hikers must be experienced in route finding and carry a map and compass in case visibility is poor in the Bald Hills.

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