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Glacier National Park

Meeting of the Waters Trail

Length - 1.3 km (one way)
Hiking time - 30 minutes (loop) 
Elevation range - 1245 to 1270 m (25m)
Trailhead - Illecillewaet Campground
Map Coordinates - 117°29'31"W 51°15'49"N (trailhead)

©Parks Canada - Jeff Bolingbroke

The Meeting of the Waters Trail is one of the shortest and easiest in the whole park. Only one kilometre long, it loops from the campground up the Asulkan Trail, crosses a bridge at the point where the Asulkan Brook joins the Illecillewaet River and returns on the Perley Rock trail. The trail is a good introduction to the forest trees and plants. Here, the Interior Cedar/Hemlock zone grades into the higher-elevation Engelmann spruce/subalpine fir zone. You will find western and mountain hemlock, Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir along the trail. Watch also for British Soldier Lichens and Map Lichens ( Cladonia coccifera and rhizocarpum geographicum ). When the water is high, during spring runoff or in August when hot weather increases glacial melting, listen for rocks grinding together at the confluence of the streams, as the force of the water tumbles them downstream. And keep an eye peeled for dippers!

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