1. Grinnell Glacier (Glacier National Park):
This iconic glacier is a must-see, offering stunning views
of turquoise glacial lakes, towering peaks, and rugged wilderness. The hike to
Grinnell Glacier may be longer but is worth the effort for the breathtaking
2. Lake McDonald (Glacier National Park):
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park and features
crystal-clear waters surrounded by majestic mountains. A leisurely stroll along
the lakeshore provides ample opportunities for photography and relaxation.
3. Hidden Lake Overlook (Glacier National Park):
This short hike takes you to an overlook with panoramic
views of Hidden Lake and the surrounding alpine landscapes. Keep an eye out for
wildlife, including mountain goats and bighorn sheep.
4. Red Rock Canyon (Waterton Lakes National Park):
Red Rock Canyon offers unique red-hued rock formations and a
serene waterfall. It's a perfect spot for a short walk or a peaceful picnic
amidst stunning scenery.
5. Cameron Falls (Waterton Lakes National Park):
Cameron Falls is a picturesque waterfall located near the
townsite of Waterton. A short walk takes you to viewpoints where you can
witness the rushing waters plunging into a deep gorge.
6. Avalanche Lake (Glacier National Park):
Avalanche Lake is a popular hike that rewards visitors with
views of a serene mountain lake surrounded by old-growth forest and towering
cliffs. It's a perfect spot for a tranquil nature escape.
7. Bowman Lake (Glacier National Park):
Bowman Lake is a secluded gem, offering a peaceful
atmosphere and pristine surroundings. The hike to Bowman Lake is relatively
easy, and you'll find opportunities for fishing and relaxation at the lake.
8. Bertha Falls and Lake (Glacier National Park):
This hike takes you to the beautiful Bertha Falls and, for
those looking for a longer option, continues to Bertha Lake, a stunning alpine
lake nestled in the mountains.
These are just a few of the incredible sites you can explore
using the "Best Easy Day Hikes" guide book for Glacier and Waterton
Lakes National Parks. Each hike offers a unique perspective on the natural
wonders found in these breathtaking landscapes. Whether you are a seasoned
hiker or a casual nature lover, these short hikes will allow you to immerse
yourself in the beauty of these national parks without needing extensive
This latest edition is packed with up-to-date information on the trail, including reservations, travel connections, and insider tips from experienced trekkers. The book also features delightful illustrations that bring the trail to life, making it not just a practical guide, but also a source of inspiration for your adventure.
Whether you're hiking northbound or southbound, the book has special sections tailored to your direction of travel, ensuring you have all the information you need for a successful trek. From planning your route to packing essentials, from safety precautions to camping regulations, this guidebook has you covered.
Some of the top sites to see along the West Coast Trail include:
Tsusiat Falls: This iconic waterfall along the trail is a mesmerizing sight to behold, with water cascading down over a series of terraces into the ocean below.
Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park: Home to some of the world's largest and oldest Sitka spruce trees, this ancient rainforest is a must-visit for nature lovers.
Pachena Lighthouse: Located at the northern trailhead, this historic lighthouse is a picturesque landmark and offers stunning views of the rugged coastline.
Nitinaht Narrows: A unique feature of the trail, this narrow channel can be crossed by boat or by wading during low tide, providing a thrilling adventure for hikers.
Keeha Beach: This expansive sandy beach is a perfect spot for a refreshing swim or a relaxing break, with its pristine sands and crashing waves.
Port Renfrew: The southern end of the trail, Port Renfrew is a charming coastal town with friendly locals, cozy accommodations, and delicious seafood.
Rogers Pass Alpine Guide Book by David Jones. This detailed illustrated guide will show you how to successfully and safely navigate the tallest peaks in the Rogers Pass in the heart of the Selkirk Range in beautiful British Columbia. Written by David P. Jones. Details some 300 climbs and includes some 350 photos, maps and drawings.