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16 Best Glacier National Park Hikes

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Located in Montana, Glacier National Park offers many great hiking experiences. The park is full of amazing natural wonders of fresh blue lakes, imposing mountains and awe-inspiring glaciers.

With more than 700 miles of both short hikes and extended backpacking trails, it’s easy to find one you’ll love. Here are my picks for the 16 best Glacier National Park hikes. This post was originally written by Julie from Outdoorzer who shared her shared her must-see trails when you visit Glacier National Park and The Planet D team has added more variety to help you plan your trip.

Hiking Glacier National Park

Before you start your hike, plan for a safe hiking experience. Stop at the park’s visitors center to get all the information you need, recommendations from the guides, and any special warnings. Visit the National Park website for closures and more information.

Plus, don’t forget to let someone know where you are going. Be sure to have enough water, food, and supplies should anything happen. We always carry a basic first aid kit when hiking. But most importantly, bring a sense of adventure and have fun when you try one of these amazing hikes.

1. Ptarmigan Tunnel

Ptarmigan Tunnel is a tough but beautiful hike.

The Ptarmigan Tunnel is a full day Glacier National Park hike. This is an incredible trail, because when you come out at the other side of the tunnel, you feel like you’ve walked into another world.

When passing through this 240-foot tunnel, you hike through big meadows filled with wildlife as well as a dense forest. Keep in mind that this tunnel was built for horses during the 1930s and it’s full of various slopes and edge ridges.

After you pass the Ptarmigan Falls, the trail gets a lot steeper, so be prepared for some tough hiking during this section. It then continues for about 1.6 miles to Ptarmigan Lake, where you can relax and admire some of the most beautiful scenery in the area.

  • Total Distance:
    • 10.7 miles round trip
    • Elevation Gain 2300 feet
    • Be prepared for a long day.

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2. Swiftcurrent Pass

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Swiftcurrent Pass has gorgeous scenery and the chance to see lots of wildlife.

This is a difficult Glacier National Park hike but it’s worth it for the great scenery. This hike passes by three lakes and a spectacular waterfall. Throughout your hike, you may spy some of the rarest and colourful birds throughout the six lakes. You will also see the gorgeous Granite Park. In fact,…

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