Hiking over the Glacier Crest Trail and through the Asulkan Valley in Glacier NP - Canada

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The second day in Revelstoke National Park we drive back to Glacier National Park. After our brief hike of the day before through Glacier National Park, we want to hike through the Asulkan Valley. After breakfast we then drive back to Glacier National Park and we park our car at the Illecillewaet Campsite.

We walk to the beginning of the trail and decide first to hike the Glacier Crest Trail. The hike starts directly with the incredibly beautiful nature of Glacier National Park. The forests and untouched nature are the incredibly beautiful. The Glacier Crest Trail ends well below Illecillewaet Glacier. In the past the hiking trail ended at the foot of the Illecillewaet Glacier, but nowadays you have to climb a bit more. We walk fairly easy to the real steep part of the hike. The last part of the hike to the end of the trail is one path straight up the mountain with no windings. The steep section is about 100 meters in height, but the steepness makes it difficult.

We arrive at the sign 'end path’. In the preparation of the hike we have already read that the hiking trail ends very abruptly, and that's quite right. After the sign you can cross a stream and walk to an amazing viewpoint over Glacier National Park. The rocks are very slippery since the Illecillewaet Glacier which retreated, but the view is definitely worth it!

After we have thoroughly enjoyed the view we walk back to the intersection to the Asulkan Valley. We turn and walk on again trough the breathtaking nature. The Asulkan Valley is fairly flat and the trail is very good for hiking. You can walk all the way up to the Asulkan Pass, but we just walk the flat area through the Asulkan Valley in Glacier National Park. The Asulkan Valley is incredibly beautiful to walk through it and we regularly look around to take in the beautiful nature.

The turning point of this walk is for us the point where the trail actually goes up. We've already had some small climbs in Asulkan Valley, but we see the topographic maps that the real climb to the Asulkan Pass really begins. At the end of the flat path through the Asulkan Valley we turn around and walk through the beautiful Glacier National Park back to the Illecillewaet Campground.

The Glacier Crest Trail and Asulkan Valley are two hikes in Glacier National Park, which can be combined very well. The Glacier Crest Trail offers a very nice view of Glacier National Park and the Illecillewaet Glacier while Asulkan Valley offers views over the typical glacial valley. Both trails are definitely worth the hike! Good walking shoes and hiking condition are still recommended. Also along the way is no opportunity to buy food or drinks so bring enough with with you. Ask at the information center also about the bear activity in Glacier National Park along the hiking trails.

Length: 15 km
Height difference: a total of approximately 500 m

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