Maps for Trail Nerds

All about maps with Glacier National Park and how I got to my mileage. Links below the video for some sweet source material that I’ve been using or just been enjoying. Also, check out the businesses mentioned. Check out Rocky Mountain Outfitter for great advice and gear before you head out.

UPDATE: I made my own topographic map! Check out the Day Hikes Map Guide which is an excellent map for backpacking and day hiking with a guide on the back and my recommendations for where to day hike.

Day Hikes of Glacier National Park Map Guide by Hike 734
1966 Glacier National Park Topo (using 1938 data)

1968 Glacier National Park Topo (using 1968 data)
1968 Trail List
Current Trail data in a spreadsheet
Rough map of trails with distances
Zoomed in to Apgar/McDonald Creek rough map

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14 responses to “Maps for Trail Nerds”

  1. Mike Kinsella Avatar
    Mike Kinsella

    Are you including Waterton or just doing trails south of the border? It would be a shame to miss Crypt Lake.

    1. hike734 Avatar

      I won’t be doing Waterton this time around… maybe next year? I agree though, Crypt Lake is amazing. I did that one last year as well as the Carthew-Alderson Loop. Fantastic!

  2. […] As it turns out, quantifying “officially recognized” is not the simplest thing, and the research Jake did to arrive at the list he did is quite interesting.  Mineral Creek used to have a pack […]

  3. Sally Estes Avatar
    Sally Estes

    That is so totally cool! I wonder if anyone has done this kind of project at RMNP in Colorado.

  4. John Fifield Avatar
    John Fifield

    These maps are awesome! I’m heading out to Glacier in a few days for my second summer working at Many and just saved all of these files to my desktop, so I can take them with me. I cannot wait to be back in the park, and navigating through your website has made me even more excited (didn’t think that was possible).

    Thanks for all the info and congratulations on last summer!

    1. hike734 Avatar

      Thanks for checking out the site!! I have found that I have become more and more of a map nerd. I’m amazed at what I’ve learned by looking at the old ones especially. It has really helped me with a few of the trails where I was thinking, “Why was this trail here?”, then I realize that it was an old lookout, or the trail went all the way up the river to a lake or something along those lines. What are you going to be doing at Many?

  5. John Gendron Avatar
    John Gendron

    I’ve come across a number of your videos on YouTube,and just now making it to your site. Planning 9 days w a friend to backpack/photograph at end of August/early Sept. Any recommendations for must-see places that people usually miss? Really appreciate all your great work. I plan to go thru the entire blog as I prep for this first trip of mine to Glacier. Many thanks!

    1. hike734 Avatar

      That’s such a great time to be in the Park! How were you planning on going about your trips? Are you planning on two longer trips, a bunch of day hikes with a couple of overnighters?

  6. […] Also, for just maps, here’s a link to my old blog about trail maps for info for the paper kind: Maps for Trail Nerds […]

  7. Do you where a copy of the 1968 Glacier National Park Topo (using 1968 data) can be purchased?

    1. hike734 Avatar

      I don’t know! If you find two, let me know and I’ll get the other one. 😀

  8. Tom G. Avatar


    Did you ever get that copy of the USGS 1968 Topographic Map of GNP? My backpacking days are behind me and I’ve got that map, and others, gathering dust. The Glacier map is actually one of them in the best of condition as it never saw field use due to scale, so no creases.

    1. Jake Bramante Avatar
      Jake Bramante

      Sadly I still don’t have one. I’ll shoot you an email and we can chat about yours!

  9. Kris K Avatar

    What is the next park you are going to be working on a guide for? I am really hoping you consider North Cascades. That is one I really want to do, but I sure would like your help doing it with one of your guides.

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