CDT: Many Glacier to Goat Haunt (MT Sec. 30)
ElevationAscent: 5,265' 1,605 m
Descent: -5,919' -1,804 m
High: 7,403' 2,256 m
Low: 4,232' 1,290 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“This section of the CDT features some of Glacier's best, from incredible lakes to high alpine.”— Jake Bramante
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
At the head of the drainage, after passing Bullhead Lake, you begin to climb up to Swiftcurrent Pass first through foothills, then near waterfalls as you traverse through cliff bands. The trail rounds off through Swiftcurrent Pass as you get a whole new vista as you drop down near Granite Park Chalet.
From here the trail follows along the Highline Trail as it traverses at the foot of epic mountains through alpine meadows. Views across massive drainages to the incredible peaks of the Livingston Range. Keep your eyes out for alpine birds as well as the small, alpine mammals such as pika, marmots, and weasels. Grizzlies are frequently seen rooting around in these meadows and the bighorn sheep and mountain goats are common as well.
After the Fifty Mountain Campground, the trail traverses an incredible meadow before dropping into the Waterton Valley through forest and avalanche chutes to the valley floor. Here the trail travels level through a wet forest along the Waterton River, eventually reaching Goat Haunt at the foot of the beautiful Waterton Lake.
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