Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks
by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)
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The ascent from the Dawson side was difficult but the view was worth every step!! We took a side trip to No Name Lake which was beautiful as well. The trek along the Continental Divide was a bit scary, but again the views were spectacular - I would recommend this hike to anyone that has a day to spend :o) Start early to allow for lots of picture taking & appreciation!!
Great hike, but we did it Pitamakan-Dawson. The downhill from Dawson was very steep and think it would have been a difficult uphill to start. The boat at the end of the hike was great.
World class loop definitely manageable as a day hike if you're in pretty good shape. Whichever direction you hike it (I think I would choose clockwise, i.e. left at the trailhead), all of the tough climbing will be over in the first 6-8 miles. The middle miles are packed with views views views dished up over the course of an easy route following ridges and traversing slopes. Mount Flinsch is worth climbing if you have the energy. I think the trail mentioned that this was a class 2 ascent, but I would rate it class 3 based on some high angle scrambling and significant exposure toward the end. But I ascended from the southwest--there might be an easier class 2 route on the southeast side closer to the saddle with Rising Wolf. Enjoy!
This is one of my favorite day hikes in Glacier, with views of some of the most remote parts of the park.
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