Glacier National Park protects, for all time, a portion of the Columbia Mountains Natural Region, in the interior wet belt of British Columbia. The steep, rugged mountains, warm, moist climate and wide variety of plant and animal life are typical of this natural region. The park protects unique stands of old-growth cedar and hemlock and critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife species such as the mountain caribou, mountain goat and grizzly bear. Rogers Pass National Historic Site is located in Glacier National Park. Rogers Pass was so designated for its importance in the construction and development of the country's first major national transportation route. April 1 - May 2 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily Closed 12:30 - 1:30 Tuesday - Friday May 3 - May 15 CLOSED May 16 - June 12 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily June 13 - September 2 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily September 3 - October 14 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily October 15 - November 21 CLOSED November 22 - April 30, 2015 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily Closed 12:30 - 1:30 Tuesday - Friday
Beautiful walk in a beautiful setting. Moist forest and fresh air in a perfect mountain setting.
(Note: the picture of the red sign with yellow letters is not for this trail. This trail is in Glacier National Park off the Trans Canada Highway near Rogers Pass)
David L. on Asulkan Valley Trail
Trailhead at illecillewaet Campground. Follow railway grade and turn left to pass through the foundation ruins of the Glacier town site. Go past 4 junctions; first for Marion lake, then Meeting of the Waters, then Great Glacier, then Glacier Crest trails and continue south up valley for 4 Klms gaining 390 meters at inline rate of 10.2 then a couple of quick switch backs heading SSW and an increase in incline for 1.5 Klm and a final push up the moraine ridge of another 1.5 Klm to access the Alpine Club of Canada's Asulkan hut. Total gain in elevation is 869 m with the last stretch (479m) rated 6.2. Hut is busy in winter and summer weekends. It sleeos 12 and booked through Alpine Club, Canmore, AB.
David L. on Abbott Ridge
It is an August day, great weather with the trail head at Illecillewaet Camp ground and an easy old railway grade then with a left turn you will past the foundation ruins of the Glacier town site and then take an acute right turn to a steep switch back 2.2 klm stretch uphill for 425 metres gain to Marion lake. Trail eases off a wee bit after the lake for 4.6 Klm and a continual elevation gain of 655 metres. (short cut route steep to weather station and often used when snow slides cover main trail.) Weather station hut 150 meters below ridge and approximately 1 Klm from trail end. Trail finding and scramble possible further along ridge to summit. Incline rate 5.1 to Marion Lake and 6.9 averaged from the from lake onward.