Trail and Area Closures
While some of our area closures occur yearly, others can occur because of a hazardous condition. Please visit our trail and area closure page before you head out to get the most updated closure list.
Detailed Trail Status and Maintenance Reports
These reports contain the most recent information available for listed trail segments. They may be outdated and inaccurate regarding downed trees, brush, or other dynamic natural conditions or events. Please read the trail status summaries and glossary of terms below and carry appropriate gear.
Click on the area of the park you are interested in to get a list of trail conditions.
During the winter, summer trails are not always the best routes for skiing and snowshoeing due to avalanche terrain and accessibility. The skiing and snowshoeing page provides trail status for popular routes in the winter. Please visit our skiing and snowshoeing page for more information and updates.
Trail Status Summary
The following generalizations are provided for your convenience to better understand what you may encounter when backpacking or day hiking in Glacier. Be aware that mountain weather is unpredictable; always be prepared for a variety of conditions.
May 1 – June 30 Early Season
July 1 – July 31 Transition into Summer
August 1 – Aug 31 Accessible High Country
September 1 – November 20 Autumn
November 20 – April 31 Winter
Glossary of Terms
Throughout the sub-district trail segment lists, the following terms are used:
Map and Compass
Stock Use Not Recommended
Hazards from fires and weather events
Date and Radio Number
Entry and Exit Information for Goat Haunt
Goat Haunt is a United States Class B Port of Entry open from 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM each day. All travelers crossing the border at Goat Haunt must present documents that are Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
For additional information please visit the Department of Homeland Security site.
Arrival by Foot or by Boat
Travel between Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada and the Goat Haunt Ranger Station, U.S. will require an official government issued photo identification card for U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents; all others must carry a valid passport. Persons seeking to travel beyond the Goat Haunt Ranger Station into the United States must present documents that are WHTI compliant. (See the list above). Any person arriving at Goat Haunt, who does not present documents that are WHTI compliant will be denied entry and immediately sent back to Canada.
Children Entering the U.S.
Children, beginning June 1, 2009, U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 16 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory may also present an original or copy of a Birth Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
Groups of children, beginning June 1, 2009, U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 19 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory and traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization, or sports team, may also present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
The group should be prepared to present a letter on organizational letterhead with the following information:
Goat Haunt Hours
Goat Haunt Port of Entry is open from 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM each day. These are the only hours during which hikers will be allowed to access Glacier’s backcountry trails and campgrounds.
Entering Canada at Waterton Townsite
Waterton Townsite is NOT a Canadian Port of Entry therefore all arrivals to Waterton Townsite must phone Canadian Customs without delay at (403) 653-3535 or (403) 653-3009 for acceptance/rejection by Canadian authorities. More Information on contacting Canadian Customs is available at the Waterton Lakes Visitor Centre or the Waterton Station of the Royal Canadian Mounted.
Last updated: June 13, 2019