Glacier National Park

Self-Guided Trails

Set your own pace on these short, easy walks which provide an excellent introduction to the cultural and natural history of this area.

Abandoned Rails Trail

Abandoned Rails Trail Abandoned Rails Trail
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Explore Rogers Pass National Historic Site by walking on the abandoned rail grade between Rogers Pass Centre and the Summit of Rogers Pass (past the remains of old snowsheds). The trail is 1.2 km, one way. Visitors using wheel chairs can bypass the section behind the centre and enter the trail just beyond the service station.

Loop Brook Trail

Loop Brook pillar
Loop Brook pillar
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Railway history is featured on this 1.6 km round-trip trail that leaves from the viewpoint just east of the Loop Brook Campground. This trail, part of Rogers Pass National Historic Site, highlights the stone pillars that once carried the railway track across the valley. It has short, steep sections. These features are among the oldest surviving man-made structures in western Canada.

Hemlock Grove Boardwalk Trail

Hemlock Grove Trail
Hemlock Grove Trail
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On a cold April day in 1987, Rick Hansen climbed the 840 metre (2,755 ft) western approach to Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park in his wheelchair. He was only a month away from completion of his two year, 40,000 kilometre trip through 34 countries – the Man in Motion World Tour. Rick’s goal of finding a cure for spinal cord injury is that much closer today.

After Rick's visit to Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, the Hemlock Grove Boardwalk Trail was developed as a legacy of the Man in Motion World Tour visit. This short 400-metre barrier-free boardwalk offers a rainforest experience to people with mobility disabilities, people with visual impairments and people with other limitations on movement, such as seniors and even visitors with baby strollers.

Rockgarden Trail

Rockgarden Trail with interpretive icon
Rockgarden Trail with interpretive icon
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On the Rockgarden Trail, you will discover moss and lichen covered boulder fields that date back to the last Ice Age. The trail leads through black and grizzly bear habitat, and up to a viewpoint overlooking glaciers and the mountain barrier of Rogers Pass.

The Rockgarden Trail offers a rustic and primitive experience. It is a single file trail with rock staircases, stepping stones, slippery and steep sections and sharp cliff faces. You will need footwear appropriate for backcountry-style hiking and to watch your footing. Keep children under your strict control. The Rockgarden trail is not recommended for pets.



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