Part way down from Swiftcurrent Pass, see Bullhead Lake in Swiftcurrent Creek Valley, in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.
Part way down from Swiftcurrent Pass, see Bullhead Lake in Swiftcurrent Creek Valley, in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. Since 1932, Canada and USA have shared Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, which UNESCO declared a World Heritage Site (1995) containing two Biosphere Reserves (1976). Rocks in the park are primarily sedimentary layers deposited in shallow seas over 1.6 billion to 800 million years ago. During the tectonic formation of the Rocky Mountains 170 million years ago, the Lewis Overthrust displaced these old rocks over newer Cretaceous age rocks. Glaciers carved spectacular U-shaped valleys and pyramidal peaks as recently as the Last Glacial Maximum (the last "Ice Age" 25,000 to 13,000 years ago). Of the 150 glaciers existing in the mid 1800s, only 25 active glaciers remain in the park as of 2010, and all may disappear by 2020, say climate scientists. Starting at Logan Pass Visitor Center parking lot, we backpacked the Northern Highline Trail along the Garden Wall to Granite Park, camped overnight (reservation required), then hiked over Swiftcurrent Pass and down the Swiftcurrent Valley to Many Glacier (15.2 miles one way, in two days, 1400 feet gain, with a car shuttle). Plus we dropped packs and hiked a 2-mile side trip up 1200 feet to spectacular Grinnel Lake Overlook. You can also day hike this route from either end.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download