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Ptarmigan Trail - Altyn/Henkel Connector

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

Rarely used trail traditionally used as the main trail from Many Glacier Hotel to Ptarmigan Tunnel.


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1.3

Miles

2.0

KM

97%

Runnable

5,137' 1,566 m

High

4,907' 1,496 m

Low

231' 70 m

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0' 0 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

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Closed most of the busy visitation season for feeding bears, usually opening in late September/early October.

Description

This trail historically was used when most visitors took horses from Many Glacier Hotel up and through the Ptarmigan Tunnel and past Iceberg Lake. Since the building of the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, most visitors start running to the Ptarmigan Tunnel from the parking lot of the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn at the new trailhead. This trail is closed most of the season to provide bears access to an important food source without human interference.

The trail breaks off from the Swiftcurrent Lake Trail and crosses the road. It enters a small stand of trees, then breaks out into an avalanche chute with great views of Swiftcurrent Lake, the Many Glacier Hotel, and the surrounding mountains. It then enters a hall of trees and wraps around the ridge coming down from Altyn Peak. The Swiftcurrent Pass - Altyn/Henkel Connector breaks off to the left where you gain some elevation until you join up with the Ptarmigan Trail.

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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#478

in Montana

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Looking across Swiftcurrent Lake from the Altyn/Henkel stretch of the old Ptarmigan Trail.
Jun 14, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT

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