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Granite Park Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews
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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.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,608 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

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.

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no shade
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

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no shade
snow
3 months ago

The lower part of this trail takes you through an area that was burned some time ago so there is no shade. It's pretty hot in the afternoon in late June, but the view at upper end if the trail is so majestic it is totally worth it! From the chalet the view is awe inspiring in all directions. We went about 1.5 miles last the chalet towards the highline trail but turned back where the trail was mostly covered with snow.

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no shade
snow
4 months ago

5/28/19. Sunny, 70s, no shade. Started trail after biking GTTSR. Got to around 3 miles in before I started to lose the trail in snow (about ankle deep when I stopped and turned back). Views are amazing.

hiking
Friday, August 03, 2018

I loved this trail and the unique beauty it exposed!!!! We were downhill only. My legs did take a beating but totally worth it!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

I went all the way to the Grinnell overlook from the chalet, definitely with it. It gets pretty hot since most of the trees burned down and the trail is almost all uphill on the way there so bring lots of water. With the overlook the trail is about 11.9 miles round trip.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Better going downhill!

Friday, July 08, 2016

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!

hiking
Friday, July 04, 2014

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.

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