Elevation Gain: 3,700 ft, distance is 20km return.
Swiftcurrent Mountain sits high atop the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park (Montana). Access is gained from the Granite Park Chalet (really just a hostel), which is access via the Highline Trail (previously posted trail) or via the Loop Trail, which we took this day because it is 2.5 miles shorter and the days are getting shorter also. The Loop Trail has, however, 2100' more vertical to gain. The trail also runs 2.5 miles through the Trapper Fire area of 2003, which is not pretty but it is natural. It's also interesting to see how much regrowth there is already. At 4 miles you come to the chalet (first photo at bottom left) - a good spot to put your feet up, enjoy the views and contemplate the rest of the trip - another 2 miles and 1600' up Swiftcurrent Mountain to a fire lookout (photo at top left). The trail proceeds towards Swiftcurrent Pass then branches left up the mountain. After countless switchbacks, you arrive to fantastic views in every direction. The lookout is just large enough to provide a good windbreak, should it be necessary. Be careful of the north side of the top, especially if it is windy. It's a vertical drop of at least 1500'. Return the same way, stopping at the chalet, of course.
Park at the Loop Trail parking area on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana, USA.
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