The massive peaks of the Continental Divide in northwest Montana are the backbone of Glacier National Park and its sister park in Canada, Waterton Lakes, which together make up the International Peace Park. From their slopes, melting snow and alpine glaciers yield the headwaters of rivers that flow west to the Pacific Ocean, north to the Arctic Ocean, and southeast to the Atlantic Ocean via the Gulf of Mexico. Coniferous forests, thickly vegetated stream bottoms, and green-carpeted meadows provide homes and sustenance for all kinds of wildlife.
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Legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road crosses the park on a spectacularly scenic 50-mile route, peaking at 6,646-foot Logan Pass on the Continental Divide.
This easy path follows a boardwalk under red cedars and hemlocks. Continue two more miles to glacier-fed Avalanche Lake, with lovely waterfall views.
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Look for mountain goats and bighorn sheep on this alpine hike, which starts at Logan Pass and climbs to a view of Hidden Lake, 750 feet below.
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Gain insight from a naturalist as you cruise St. Mary Lake. Then take the easy walk to St. Mary Falls, thundering 50 feet down a rocky gorge.
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Built in 1915, Many Glacier Hotel sits beside Swiftcurrent Lake, surrounded by rugged peaks. Take a boat tour or hike to the foot of Grinnell Glacier.
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A moderately strenuous 4.5-mile hike (through prime grizzly bear habitat) ascends to this turquoise jewel lake set beneath jagged, towering cliffs.
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