Granite Park Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
This hike offers beautiful views of the valley and mountains. Easily done as a day in/out hike. There are also signs at every junction to point you in the right direction.
We hiked up The Loop to the Granite Park Chalet and then back down the same trail. Lots of elevation gain so it is moderate-strenuous on the way up depending on how in shape you are. We were on this trail on a pretty overcast trail, but if it's a sunny day I highly recommend lots of water and sunscreen because there is no cover. The Chalet was an amazing destination at the end of the trail! Great views, snacks can be purchased with cash, toilet, and lots of wildlife to view!
I started on top w/ the Highline trail, to Granite Park Chalet, then down Granite Park Trail. Caught the free Glacier National Park bus back to the top. Mostly in direct sun due to a forest fire a few years ago, lots of undergrowth. See GPS track from Highline Trail.