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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.
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 Flora Fauna 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 CHAPTER 1 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 CHAPTER 2 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 CHAPTER 3 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 CHAPTER 4 South Side 27. Autumn Creek Trail 28. Firebrand Pass & Ole Lake 29. Scenic Point Trail CHAPTER 5 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 CHAPTER 6 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 CHAPTER 7 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 Index About the Author