Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks, 4th: A Guide to the Parks' Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Discover the wonder of these two spectacular parks as Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks leads you along 850 miles of trail - from short nature hikes to backcountry treks. Veteran hiker Erik Molvar provides all the information you need to get the most out of hiking this International Peace Park with its glistening glaciers, scenic lookouts, peaceful lakes, and remote wilderness.Look inside to find: Hikes suited to every abilityMile-by-mile directional cuesElevation profilesGPS coordinates for all ...

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Overview

Discover the wonder of these two spectacular parks as Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks leads you along 850 miles of trail - from short nature hikes to backcountry treks. Veteran hiker Erik Molvar provides all the information you need to get the most out of hiking this International Peace Park with its glistening glaciers, scenic lookouts, peaceful lakes, and remote wilderness.Look inside to find: Hikes suited to every abilityMile-by-mile directional cuesElevation profilesGPS coordinates for all trailheads and backcountry campsites An index of hikes by category— from easy day hikes to hikes to waterfallsInvaluable trip-planning information, including local lodging and campgroundsFull-color photos throughoutFull-color GPS-compatible maps of each trail

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762772537
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Series: Regional Hiking Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 99,493
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Veteran author and backcountry explorer Erik Molvar discovered backpacking while working on a volunteer trails crew in the North Cascades of Washington. He is the author of more than a dozen FalconGuides for such places as Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Olympic National Park, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park, as well as Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Natural History 1

Using This Guide 5

Planning Your Trip 6

How to Use the Maps 6

Crossing the International Border 7

Waterton Park Inns and Resorts "Hiking Challenge" 7

Park Shuttle 7

A Few Words of Caution 8

Short Strolls and Nature Walks 11

Glacier National Park 11

Waterton Lakes National Park 20

Trail Finder 22

Map Legend 26

The Hikes

The North Fork 27

1 Boulder Pass 29

2 Bowman Lake-Brown Pass 34

3 Akokala Lake 36

4 Numa Ridge Lookout 38

5 Quartz Lakes Loop 39

6 Logging Lake 41

Connecting Hikes 43

The Lake McDonald Area 44

7 Trout Lake 46

8 Huckleberry Mountain Lookout 50

9 Apgar Lookout 52

10 Lake McDonald 55

11 Lincoln Lake 58

12 Fish Lake 61

13 Mount Brown Lookout 63

14 Snyder Lakes 65

15 Avalanche Lake 67

Additional Hikes 69

The Highline and Waterton Lake Vicinity 71

16 Hidden Lake 73

17 The Garden Wall 75

18 Northern Highline 80

19 Waterton Valley 82

Connecting Hikes 85

The Southern Sector 87

20 Harrison Lake 89

21 Loneman Lookout 91

22 Nyack- Coal Creek Loop 93

23 Lake Isabel 97

24 Scalplock Lookout 101

25 Firebrand Pass-Ole Lake 102

Additional Hikes 103

Two Medicine 105

26 Scenic Point 107

27 Cobalt Lake-Two Medicine Pass 110

28 Upper Two Medicine Lake 112

29 Dawson-Pitamakan 113

30 Cut Bank Creek 118

31 Medicine Grizdy Lake-Triple Divide Pass 122

Connecting Hikes 124

The St. Mary Valley 125

32 Red Eagle Lake 127

33 Otokomi Lake 131

34 St. Mary and Virginia Falls 132

35 St. Mary Lake 134

36 Gunsight Pass 136

37 Piegan Pass 141

38 Siyeh Pass 143

Connecting Hikes 145

Many Glacier 146

39 Cracker Lake 148

40 The Grinnell Complex 150

41 Swiftcurrent Pass 154

42 Iceberg Lake 156

43 Ptarmigan Tunnel 158

44 Poia Lake-Redgap Pass 161

Additional Hikes 162

The Belly River Country 163

45 Belly River Trail 165

46 Mokowanis River-Stoney Indian Pass 168

47 Slide Lake-Gable Pass 172

Connecting Hikes 174

Waterton Lakes National Park 175

48 Carthew-Alderson Trail 177

49 Bertha Lake 182

50 Crypt Lake 184

51 Vimy Peak 187

52 Lineham Falls 190

53 Rowe Lakes 192

54 The Tamarack Trail 194

55 Blakiston Valley 198

56 The Snowshoe Trail-Twin Lakes 202

57 Lost Lake-Avion Ridge 205

58 Goat Lake 207

59 The Oil Basin 210

Additional Hikes 211

Extended Trips 213

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 213

The Great Northern Traverse 214

The Highline Trail 215

The North Circle 216

Appendix A Further Reading 217

Appendix B For More Information 218

Appendix C Fishing Opportunities 219

Appendix D Backcountry Campground Table and GPS Coordinates 221

Hike Index 226

About the Authors 228

About the Glacier Association 229

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