Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Must-do Hikes for Everyone

Book - 2014
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Written by local author Jean Arthur, Top Trails: Glacier National Park leads visitors to secluded trails and unique settings while providing details of current and past human activity, wildlife movement, and geologic changes that altered the landscape and created America's tenth national park. The unique approach of Top Trails: Glacier National Park reveals the best trails that wind alongside sensitive meadows and climb above crystalline lakes and leads hikers to backcountry respites unique to Glacier. The guide also traces outlaws, poachers, and mining ventures that occurred inside the current park boundary.


Publisher: Birmingham : Wilderness Press, 2014
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 9780899977348
Branch Call Number: 796.51097 Ar778g 2014
Characteristics: pages cm

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Sep 26, 2015

First, in case anyone only briefly scanned the title this is hikes in Glacier National Park (in Montana) and not the Glacier Peak Wilderness (in Washington).

That said, both locations are on my bucket list, so I still read the book.

This book stands out from other hiking books in that it has large tables (organized by geographical sections) that cover some basic info about the hike (i.e. distance, loop v. out-and-back v. thru-hike). The tables seemed overwhelming to because of how much info they tried to fit into the tables (everything from whether the hike was child-appropriate to whether you could expect views or wildlife or interesting geography or glaciers, etc).

I thought that the tables were sometimes more frustrating than helpful, but I can see how they could be valuable to other people. (I'm used to the Mountaineers books which are pretty basic in their descriptions); so if that is your sort of thing, I would definitely recommend the book.

Also, the difficulty ranking in the book seems a little generous (the total mileage and / or elevation gain required to get a hike to be labeled difficult is not very much) - good for if you're trying to differentiate between shorter, smaller hikes, but not very useful if you are only interested in sorting out hikes longer than 5 miles and 1000 feet elevation gain.

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