After hiking through the Alps in Europe over several summers, I decided to check out the North American version of those Alps, the massive Rocky Mountains, which are the US portion of the extensive mountain range that runs from northern Canada to the Rio Grande River in the US’s state of New Mexico.  A spectacular park in the northern Rockies is the “Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park,” which is a single region divided by the US/Canadian border.  Waterton is in Canada, at the southern border of Alberta; Glacier is in the USA’s state of Montana, immediately south of the international border. So, two hiking buddies and I jumped in my car, drove the 1,000 miles from California to Montana, crossed the international border into Canada and – on Day 1 – settled into a B&B in Waterton Park.  After two day-hikes from that town, we drove south, back across the international border, to the Montana communities of Many Glacier and Apgar (near West Glacier) for five additional walks.  This international park did not disappoint!

Day 1 – Carthew-Alderson Trail

Day 2 – Bertha Lake

Day 3 – Red Rock Canyon, Blakiston Falls and Bullhead Lake

Day 4 – Ptarmigan Tunnel and Iceberg Lake

Day 5 – Upper Grinnell Lake

Day 6 – Highline Loop Trail


Day 7 – Hidden Lake and Avalanche Lake

Day 8 – Huckleberry Mountain Lookout


5 thoughts

  1. This is on my list for sure! I’ve visited Glacier but did not spend as much time there as I would have liked, and never visited Waterton I think the idea of going to both in the same trip is especially cool. Thanks for the inspiration

    1. You’re welcome! Both parks are amazing. I’m ready to return! I’m sorry that we didn’t get to stay at the Sperry Chalet before it burned last summer, however.

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