Glacier National Park

Rosenwald Trail

Julius Rosenwald, Chicago businessman and philanthropist, was so captivated by the beauty of Glacier National Park on a family vacation, that he donated funds to create a new trail. The “Rosenwald Trail” was 80 miles long and ran from Granite Peak Chalet to a scenic area overlooking Flat Top Mountain.

Flowers of Glacier

A number of plants that can only grow in alpine regions can be found in Glacier National Park. Bear grass also known as soap grass, mountain lily, and Indian basket grass is native to the Cascade Mountains. Native American’s used it to make baskets which accounts for one of its names.

Elephant Head is another flower found in Glacier also native to the Cascades and other alpine regions. It is named for the shape of the flowers which resemble elephant trunks.

Letter to Julius Rosenwald about Trail in 1915
From: Julius Rosenwald Papers. Box 15 Folder 31.

Special Collections Research Center. University of Chicago Library.

Bear Grass
Standley, Paul C., Plants of Glacier National Park. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1926.

Crerar: QK171.S78

Elephant Head
Standley, Paul C., Plants of Glacier National Park. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1926.

Crerar: QK171.S78