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Glacier National Park

Glacier Crest Trail

The view from Glacier Crest / © Parks Canada - D. Magnan

Length - 5.7 km (one way)
Hiking time - 3 hours (uphill)
Elevation range - 1245 to 2114 m (869m), elevation of crest - 2255m
Trailhead - Illecillewaet Campground
Map coordinates - 117°28'31"W 51°15'49"N (trailhead)

As the name suggests, Glacier Crest offers glacier views on both of its flanks the giant tongue of the Illecillewaet to the east and the irregular walls of the Asulkan Glacier to the west. The ridge itself is an arête carved by the glaciers that once flowed down the valleys on either side. The view from this alpine spine is a Columbia Mountain panorama of rock and glacial ice.

Trail Conditions Report

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