Granite Park Chalet via the Loop

  • Author: dbarentine
  • Created: August 23, 2019
Route type: Out-and-Back
Difficulty grade: Strenuous
Backpackable: Yes

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 9.01 miles
  • Time 5 h 41 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 4,245 ft
  • Peak 6,693 ft
  • Climb 2,707 ft
  • Descent 2,638 ft

This hike to the Granite Park Chalet begins from The Loop, a sharp bend in the Going-to-the-Sun Road on the west side of Glacier National Park. The trailhead is located 13.1 miles east of the McDonald Lodge, near the apex in the bend of the road.

Although the trail is technically called the Granite Park Trail, many people refer to it as the Loop Trail. Almost immediately, after crossing a footbridge roughly one-tenth of a mile from the trailhead, hikers will begin to notice the devastation from the Trapper Creek Fire of 2003. Much of this hike will pass through the ghostly remains of thousands of dead trees.

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