Ptarmigan Tunnel

West Glacier, Montana 59921

Ptarmigan Tunnel

Ptarmigan Tunnel Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A day hike from Swiftcurrent Inn to Ptarmigan Tunnel, 5.0 miles (8 km) one- way; or a backpack from Swiftcurrent Inn to Elizabeth Lake foot, 9.8 miles (16 km) one- way.

The spectacular views and only moderate difficulty of the Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail make it a preferred route among local hikers accessing the Belly River drainage. The trail passes from Swiftcurrent Inn up the Wilbur Creek Valley, turning northward past Ptarmigan Lake. High above the lake the trail passes through a knife-edge ridge and descends to the foot of Elizabeth Lake, after covering a distance of 9.8 miles."

Ptarmigan Tunnel Trip Reports

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8/1/2011
Fun hike to a unique feature in the park. Nothing equals walking through the tunnel into a completely different section of the park and amazing new views.
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Trail Information

West Glacier
Nearby City
5.0
Distance
2,480 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Views
Features
Many Glacier, Gable Mountain
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