Glacier National Park: Swiftcurrent Mountain via Swiftcurrent Pass Trail
This 16.1-mile dayhike links a string of alpine lakes, then hits a summit high above glacier-sculpted landscapes in the Many Glacier region.
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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.
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-Mapped by Richard Menicke
- Distance: 25.9
Location: 48.7975001, -113.6785734
Hike W up valley on Swiftcurrent Pass Trail; weave through quaking aspen groves and pockets of lodgepoles
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Stay straight @ 3-way; pass Fishercap Lake on L (mostly hidden from trail by foliage); keep heading NW
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Trail swings SW and enters glacier-carved cirque. In .5 mi., cross stream
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Trace grassy banks of trout-filled Redrock Lake, rimmed by dwarf conifers; Mt. Grinnell’s fin-shaped ridge looms to SW
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Redrock Falls: Tiered cascade pours over boulders and reddish cliff bands
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Walk along banks of hourglass-shaped Bullhead Lake on L; look N to see Mt. Wilbur’s prominent, sawtoothed ridgeline
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Start steep climb of headwall on long switchbacks
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Traverse N on path, hugging cliff walls; look NE across valley to see string of glacial lakes
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Trail cuts L for last switchback before Swiftcurrent Pass
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Swiftcurrent Pass: Turn R, heading N toward Swiftcurrent Mtn.
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Zigzag up Swiftcurrent’s exposed SW ridge on steep switchbacks for last 1.1 mi. to summit
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Swiftcurrent Mtn. (8,436 ft.): Part of the Divide, this pyramid looms over N. Swiftcurrent Glacier. Retrace or extend trip (check out Granite Park Trail @ backpacker.com/hikes)