Glacier National Park: Swiftcurrent Mountain via Granite Park Trail

This 12.3-mile, out-and-back trek to Swiftcurrent Mountain is loaded with heavenly views of the Continental Divide, plus the McDonald and Many Glacier valleys.
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This 12.3-mile, out-and-back trek to Swiftcurrent Mountain is loaded with heavenly views of the Continental Divide, plus the McDonald and Many Glacier valleys.

PERMIT: Overnight camping in Glacier National Park requires a backcountry permit. Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.
MORE PARK INFO: Glacier National Park, (406) 888-7800; nps.gov/glac/.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 19.8

Waypoints

GPT001

Location: 48.7548307, -113.8003778

Trailhead for The Loop; head N uphill

GPT002

Location: 48.7569244, -113.807373

Continue straight on Granite Park Trail

GPT003

Location: 48.7604325, -113.7843275

Swing N around Granite Park; signs of the Trapper Fire in 2003 remain; regeneration in full force

GPT004

Location: 48.7650153, -113.7841558

Watch for bighorn, mountain goats, and black bear on rocky outcrops

GPT005

Location: 48.7686642, -113.7771177

Veer R @ Y

GPT006

Location: 48.7703613, -113.7716246

Granite Park Chalet; good rest spot

GPT007

Location: 48.7712664, -113.7708521

Bear L, staying on Granite Park Trail

GPT008

Location: 48.7762159, -113.7678051

Peer @ the sheer ledges of the Garden Wall to the E

GPT009

Location: 48.7778279, -113.7652731

Swiftcurrent Pass straddles Continental Divide; turn L onto hardscrabble summit trail

GPT010

Location: 48.7793975, -113.7695646

Trail busts above treeline; series of switchbacks

GPT011

Location: 48.7854913, -113.766861

Swiftcurrent Mtn. Lookout (8,436 ft.); look N for views of the Divide, Ipasha Peak, and North Swiftcurrent Glacier; return to trailhead