The Glacier View Loop is the longest loop in the network of Government Camp trails that begin, or end, in the Glacier View Sno-Park. This loop takes advantage of the spaces cleared by roads and power lines, both of which run alongside the early portions of the loop (if that sounds unappealing, try the Enid Lake Loop or the Crosstown Trail) instead. This trail starts on the old highway road and loses elevation at a gradual pace with a nice descent to start off the ski.
After a short distance you will meet the intersection with Kurt’s Connection, a small loop that adds the option of some extra distance if you want to extend the ski. Keep to the trail on the road until you find the sign indicating the trail splitting off to the left. After the trail splits, the Glacier View Loop becomes a more wooded, narrow and variable trail. Indeed, it is a little easy to lose this trail as the signage is quite subtle at times.
Once you’ve left the road and are in the woods, keep your eyes open for another split to the right; if you miss this you may find yourself wandering downhill beneath some power lines near the highway. If that happens (don't worry, you wouldn’t be the first), march back up and look for the blue diamonds indicating the trail route. After the split, the trail starts to gain back the elevation it lost at the beginning of the ski, but there are several bridges and lush forest to keep your mind occupied. Eventually this trail, officially the Pioneer Bridle Trail, takes you back to the parking area via the end of the Enid Lake Loop.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.