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Granite Park Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Mc Donald, 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.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 2,608 ft Route type Out & Back

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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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.

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Reviews (71)
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Stimpi S.
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Holly Portier
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HikingBugsGreat!No shade

Started this trail at The Loop since we had done Highline from Logan Pass the day before (up to a certain point before we turned around because we were satisfied with views and had other things to do in the day). Pretty steep hike and the views of Heaven Peak and other mountain range was beautiful, but we did not make it past 2 miles because of members of the party who could not continue. Depending on what your end goal is I'd personally recommend starting from the Logan Pass Highline trail to get to Granite Park Chalet. Then go down Granite Park Trail to the loop which will be mostly a decline. Good bit of bugs so bring spray. Mostly exposed with little shade so cover-up.

Dallas Zastoupil
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky
Dani Hoisington
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! We got there at 8:45 and had to park half a mile down the road, so recommend getting there even earlier for parking. The views at the top are worth it!

Brett Maasen
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This was a beautiful hike. No complaints at all. Started at 7am and parking was available

Tyler DeFor
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Hiking

Very exposed hike for 3 miles, sun drains the energy out of you. One of the best views at the Chalet and you have the choice of accessing other trails from it.

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Kate Beaton
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HikingBugsNo shade

This trail winds through a part of the mountain that had previously been burned by wildfire. The cleared trees makes it so the view is AMAZING the whole way! It also makes it so the sun can be a little unrelenting. So bring lots of water. There is no place to fill water along the trail. The hike is uphill the whole first half but there are few obstacles so the hike is fairly easy but can be a little tiring! You’ll definitely feel accomplished by the top where your reward is a cute historic chalet with the best views yet. Chalet has a pit toilet but no running water. Best part of this trail was the wildflowers. I counted dozens of different species. They added so much beauty and color to the already amazing view!

Jonah Eisenschenk
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

My wife and I did this yesterday in the early afternoon! As many have mentioned, there is little protection from the sun so sunscreen, hat, and glasses are a must. Parts of it are also dense with brush/bushes rising about 4 feet on either side. Many opportunities along the way for some sweet shots of the park. After about 3 miles you’ll hit some forest and we saw quite a few deer from there up to the chalet! On the way down we had a small doe walk about 5 yards in front of us on the trail for about a mile! Really neat. Overall, a beautiful hike. Water, sunscreen, and bear spray are a must! Prime habitat for critters and deer.

Emilayne Waiandt
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HikingBugsIcyNo shadeRockySnow

This was my favorite trail on my trip, we did mt brown, numa ridge, avalanche, John lake, McDonald Falls, st Mary and virginia falls and part of hidden lake (it was too icy), but this one is amazing. You are always enjoying the view, the hard part is the sun, there is no shade, so make sure you have lots of water, sunscreen, bug spray and a good shoe/boots.

Sara Grimm
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Steep but made it up with a 35 lb. pack in 4 hours, stayed 2 nights at the Chalet, took 3 hours to hike out. I’m in my mid-40’s, younger people shaved an hour off my time both ways. Great hike, beautiful scenery this week, still rainy and some snow (turned ice) patches. Hiking poles are a must. Trail is well maintained, a few tiny creek/ waterfall crossings but could jump or walk on rocks so boots didn’t get wet. Saw a couple 3rd - 6th graders hiking with parents. There are stretches with and without shade.

Eric Coatney
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Highline was still closed so we took this trail to Granite Park Chalet and spent the night. Great wildflowers in July! 8 year old kids did fine. Great view at the top. Bring bear spray.

Blair C.
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This trail leads to some amazing panoramic views of the mountain peaks! I did this trail on June 23, 2020 when the park road was still closed to vehicles, so I hiked along the road from the Avalanche parking lot to reach the trailhead, which made for a 24-mile round-trip hike. I did not make it all the way up to the chalet because there was still snow on the ground at the top of the trail, and I lost the trail towards the end. Still had some gorgeous views though, so it was worth it! The majority of this trail (including most of the elevation change) has NO shade though because of a fire in the early 2000’s, so come prepared with sunscreen and extra water. A local couple said that this trail has the most rescues every year because of heat exhaustion. There’s also a lot of thick brush along the trail, so definitely watch for bears! Definitely a great trail and a great workout!

Ragnar Bones
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Hiking

The last bit of uphill is off trial along a rocky hill and unnecessary cause there’s a real trail that leads to the same point. Great otherwise

Tim E
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straight up and straight down- It's a leg burner. Great views of the park. Didn't see any wildlife outside of the varmint until the last two minutes. Just after we crossed the bridge and headed toward trail head a black bear crossed in front of us.

Dave Theis
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Hiked from the parking lot to the top. Uphill all the way. Not too bad, but definitely a workout. Open all the way with only a few spots of shade, so bring lots of water and sunscreen. Once near the top the trail transitions to trees, but still an upward climb. Ran into a lot of hikers heading down that started on the Highline trail (definitely the easier direction). Had 2 deer that shared the trail for trail yards. Make sure you bring plenty of water if the sun is out and for an afternoon hike.

Ben Stephens
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HikingNo shade

Great trail for wildflowers and beautiful views. As other reviews noted, there is no shade due to a fire. Hiked from the Loop to the Chalet and back.Picked a colder and overcast day with rain in the forecast which may have kept some folks off the trail. The cool weather made hiking with little shade pleasant. It’s steadily uphill all the way to the chalet. About 3.5 miles in the trail splits - left to the campground is marked. If you want to hike to the Chalet and to reach other trails keep to the right. Didn’t see much wildlife- mostly Marmots, chipmunks and squirrels. No bugs either.

michelle sommer
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Hiking

Easy views as foret fire burnt area years ago. So wish someone had posted highline was closed due to bear activity before we reached the top. User error. Would really enjoy staying up at the Chalet for a night.

Mike Tacchella
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Hiking

Beautiful views the whole way up. See a grizzly while up at the chalet

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