Many Glacier Loop


Known to Native Americans as the “Backbone of the World,” Glacier National Park encompasses more than a million acres of some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. The Many Glacier Loop Backpack is a magnificent 55-mile loop. Accessing the moose-filled Waterton Valley backcountry, the loop finishes with a grand finale along the Highline Trail.

As you’re probably already aware, Glacier National Park is bear country and is home to both black bears and grizzly bears.

Just to keep things in perspective, bear encounters are very rare. Consider that roughly two million people visit Glacier each year and more than one million venture into the backcountry.

The park is home to several hundred animal species, including moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and coyotes. Two threatened species, the grizzly bear and the Canadian Lynx, live in the park. A 2008 study estimated that there are approximately 300 grizzly bears in the park.

  • Highlights: Magnificient glaciers, waterfalls, streams, abundant wildlife
  • Near: Glacier National Park, MT
  • Distance: 55 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2900 ft
  • Hike Time: 5 days
  • Difficulty: 9/10
  • Trail Condition: well maintained trail
  • Best Season: Summer, Fall
  • Backcountry Permits Required – >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Kid Friendly: No
  • GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<

Getting to Trail head:

From Glacier Park International Airport: US Route 2 (east) to US Route 89 (left) to Route 3 (left) to end of road (trail head).

Google Map Link

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Detail Map

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Trail Profile

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