Grizzly Creek

West Glacier, Montana

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This trail follows a low ridgetop to the headwaters of Grizzly Creek, which is surrounded by a series of low but imposing peaks. It also boasts good views into the southern part of Glacier National Park. This track cuts back to the west, quickly making a shallow ford of Giefer Creek and climbing onto the ridgetop that separates this stream from Grizzly Creek. Once atop the ridgeline, the trail climbs gently through lowland forest, then steepens as it passes onto the northwest slope of the ridge. With increasing altitude, subalpine fir come to dominate the overstory, and the forest gradually opens up to reveal the angular peaks and ridges surrounding the head of the valley. Avalanches have groomed neat paths across the forested ridges across the valley, and grizzly bears can sometimes be spotted foraging in these distant openings.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This trail follows a low ridgetop to the headwaters of Grizzly Creek, which is surrounded by a series of low but imposing peaks. It also boasts good views into the southern part of Glacier National Park. This track cuts back to the west, quickly making a shallow ford of Giefer Creek and climbing onto the ridgetop that separates this stream from Grizzly
Creek. Once atop the ridgeline, the trail climbs gently through lowland forest, then steepens as it passes onto the northwest slope of the ridge.

With increasing altitude, subalpine fir come to dominate the overstory, and the forest gradually opens up to reveal the angular peaks and ridges surrounding the head of the valley. Avalanches have groomed neat paths across the forested ridges across the valley, and grizzly bears can sometimes be spotted foraging in these distant openings.

©  Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,700 feet
Top Elevation: 6,340 feet
Local Contacts: Great Bear Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Blacktail, Mount Bradley
Driving Directions: Directions to Grizzly Creek

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