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Ptarmigan Tunnel, West Glacier

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The Ptarmigan Tunnel was built in 1930 through the Ptarmigan Wall at an elevation of 7,200 feet (2,200 m) in Glacier National Park, near Many Glacier, in Montana, US. The 250-foot (76 m) manmade tunnel allows hikers to avoid a strenuous climb over very steep terrain between Many Glacier and the Belly River valley. Two opposing steel jackhammers drilling from either side of the tunnel and a series of ten-hole rounds of dynamite gradually broke through the mountain in less than three months.

A wide area, originally for guide and tourist horses, extends from each portal with a masonry retaining wall. Natural rock lines the interior walls. Heavy iron doors were hung across the tunnel adits during the summer of 1975. They remain open from mid-July until October 1, weather permitting. Designed by Ole Westman, this trail tunnel embodies exceptional qualities of landscape architecture and engineering in a pedestrian-scaled tunnel, cut through a sheer mountain wall.
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  • We were so sad that the smoke/haze prevented great views. But it was still worth it. 14 miles hike from Many Glacier lodge, shorter if you start at Swift current. Final push past the lake was hard... 
    We were so sad that the smoke/haze prevented great views. But it was still worth it. 14 miles hike from Many Glacier lodge, shorter if you start at Swift current. Final push past the lake was hard...  more »
  • Great hike. First 2/3rds is through fields and woods, but then breaks open. It's this section that makes the trip worth it, but the view on the far side of the tunnel is exceptional! There's a... 
    Great hike. First 2/3rds is through fields and woods, but then breaks open. It's this section that makes the trip worth it, but the view on the far side of the tunnel is exceptional! There's a...  more »
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  • Everyone needs to make this trekk to the tunnel I did with my Horses 🐎 🙂
  • This was one of three trails my wife and I took on our honeymoon in 1964. Absolutely astounding looking North after we went through Ptarmigan tunnel. Love the photos. It looks the same 55 years later!

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