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I am hiking to Kootenai Lake from Going to the Sun Road.

Below are the two routes I was thinking about. I would take one in and the other out.

Is one easier than the other?  

1) Granite Park to Highline Trail to Waterton Valley Trail to Kootenai Lake
2) Hikers Roost to Flattop Mountain Trail to Waterton Valley Trail to Kootenai Lake

I'm open for any pointers on either trail as well.

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Since Granite Park is about 7-8 miles from the Sun road I assume you meant  Logan Pass. Start there.  Much better scenery and less elevation gain
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Since Granite Park is about 7-8 miles from the Sun road I assume you meant  Logan Pass. Start there.  Much better scenery and less elevation gain

Exactly. Thanks for the correction.
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dorfinator, or anyone else.  Do you suggest the extra 4 miles from Logan Pass on the Highline vs the climb up the Loop to Granite Park?
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If your going to do both, start from Logan Pass, and come back via flattop mountain.  Then, hike up to the loop transit stop on the road, and take the shuttle back up to logan pass.  Best way to do it.  Less elevation climbed, and best views each way on those trails.  

To answer your last post, dont do the hike up from packers roost to granite, unless you just want a lot of climb.  No reason to do it


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Also, any specific reason your doing this route?  I think it would be much cooler to hike to Kooteney lakes starting at swiftcurrent, and making a longer, better loop via the belly river.  If you have the time of course

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Also, any specific reason your doing this route?  I think it would be much cooler to hike to Kooteney lakes starting at swiftcurrent, and making a longer, better loop via the belly river.  If you have the time of course

I agree with you that it would be a better hike from Swiftcurrent but time just will not allow.  

I am flying into to Kalispell catching a shuttle to the park then park shuttle to the trail head.  So time is of the essence.

Any idea how popular the campsites are at Kootenai or Waterton River?
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Also, any specific reason your doing this route?  I think it would be much cooler to hike to Kooteney lakes starting at swiftcurrent, and making a longer, better loop via the belly river.  If you have the time of course

I agree with you that it would be a better hike from Swiftcurrent but time just will not allow.  

I am flying into to Kalispell catching a shuttle to the park then park shuttle to the trail head.  So time is of the essence.

Any idea how popular the campsites are at Kootenai or Waterton River?

Kootenai is possibly hard to get in summer.  Its popular, a nice site, and always moose in the lakes.

Waterton sites are easier to get.  I know there is a backcountry site there, but there is also the goat haunt shelters.  I stay there when i can.  Almost always open, its a concrete pad with a roof.  But there is a firepit covered awning  right on the lake, and great views from this spot.


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robinhood, thanks for the tip.   will look into that.
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