Fifty Mountain (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide
"A long trek through the alpine heart of Glacier National Park. The first 3 miles of the trail go along the Garden Wall directly above Going-to-the- Sun Highway. Some of this is on ledge, which can be a little nerve-wracking but beautifully unique. Then, the trail gradually climbs up to Granite Park Chalet across the flanks of Haystack Butte and in the shadow of mighty Mount Gould to the north. (There has never been a haystack on Haystack Butte, but it looks like one.) To the south Heavens Peak, Longfellow Peak, and others dominate a fantastic horizon.
You might not be able to see all fifty peaks, but you certainly can see many of them with no chance of finding the scenery disappointing. This is all prime grizzly habitat, and you can frequently see bears at safe distances. Heavens Peak again dominates the southern horizon; only this time you’re looking at the other side of the mountain. Alpine wildflower enthusiasts will think they’re in heaven. Special attractions: Perhaps the best mountain scenery in the park. Plus, you start at high elevation, so there are no big climbs. It’s basically a downhill backpacking trip."