Apgar Trail, Glacier National Park Hiking

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Apgar Trail

Enjoy a trek along Apgar Trail and be rewarded with a beautiful alpine view of Montana when you visit Glacier National Park’s west side near Lake McDonald. Read More

  • 3.3 miles 
  • Strenuous with 1, 850 foot elevation gain 
  • Trailhead: Base of West Glacier Entrance


Just outside the West Glacier entrance, Apgar Trail is a 3.3 trek that while short, is fairly steep and passes through thick wooded areas and some burnt terrain.


Park close to the West Glacier entrance and take the road on the left leading to Apgar Trail about a mile and a half away. Continue along a gravel road for about two miles until you meet the Apgar Trailhead past the Quarter Circle Bridge.


  • 3.3 miles 
  • A few hours, depending upon speed and fitness 
  • 1, 850 feet 
  • 3 switchbacks, strenuous 
  • Loop 
  • Located at base of West Glacier Entrance

Plan & Prepare

Glacier National Park is subject to rapidly changing weather and severe winter temperatures and snowfall. Be prepared for weather changes and wildlife encounters and always hike with a partner. Let someone know when you are leaving and returning from your hike.

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