Hermit Trail

Having been to Glacier Park a number of times, I have hiked nearly every trail, and scrambled some of the peaks on the South side of the Trans-Canada Highway. This time around, the Hermit Trail, on the North side of the road, just East of the visitor centre was the destination. The main reason for this trail’s existence is to provide access to the Hermit Campground, a no services backcountry site that functions as a base for climbers going off into the mountains beyond. The two hour uphill (steep!) effort was rewarded with amazing views to the South, and a ring of fantastic quartzite peaks behind the camp.

Parks Canada’s brochure on the hike states “This is a trail to test the strength of mountain hikers – it has the reputation of being the steepest trail in a park famous for its steep trails!”
Looking towards the Swiss Peaks, Hermit Meadows and Mount Tupper (left to right) from Rogers Pass
Mount Tupper. Beautiful, blocky quartzite!
The view down into Rogers Pass and beyond from the meadows is remarkable
A fantastic stone path leads you into the meadow campground
The Hermit Campground, Mount Macdonald in the background
The Swiss Peaks, and moraine leading to the Rogers Glacier
Tupper Ridge from a highpoint above the camp
Mount Tupper (left) and Mount Macdonald (right)
View looking South from the edge of the Rogers Glacier

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