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Glacier National Park

Hermit Trail

Length - 3.2 km (one way)
Hiking time - 2-3 hours, uphill
Elevation range - 1293 to 2112 m (819m)
Trailhead - 1.5 km east of Rogers Pass Discovery Centre on westbound side Trans-Canada Highway (no left-hand turning lane for eastbound traffic)
Map Coordinates - 117°30'46"W 51°18'50"N (Trailhead)

Hermit Trail with mountain vistas and glacier lilies Hermit trail / © Parks Canada

The Hermit Trail has the reputation of being the steepest trail in a park famous for its steep trails! It serves as quick access to the Hermit Range, which offers good climbing and scrambling opportunities on peaks such as Mount Tupper, Hermit Mountain, Mount Rogers and Swiss Peak.

The hike begins east of a large avalanche path and soon enters dense subalpine forest. The forest is a good place to watch and listen for brids, such as the white-winged crossbills, fox sparrows, and hermit thrush. The first great mountain views are at about 1900 metres where the trail comes out of the forest. The trail ends in the alpine Hermit Meadows, where overnight camping is available at a designated backcountry campsite.

Trail Conditions Report

Day hikes

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