Glacier National Park Hiking


avoiding crowds hiking/backpacking in Glacier National Park

There are endless reasons why you should hike in Glacier National Park. The fact that Glacier National Park has 1 million acres spanning the Continental Divide, 747 miles of trails, 131 lakes, 37 named glaciers, and limitless views are just some of the obvious reasons. Whether you’re looking for a day hike to a spectacular alpine lake or a serious backcountry trip into the depths of Glacier National Park, you won’t be disappointed.

Prepare to be in aw while hiking in Glacier National Park. Aside from the amazing views you are guaranteed, there are 62 species of mammals including grizzly bears, black bears, gray wolves, moose, elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, wildflowers (over 1200 documented plants), and birds (more than 260 species) making Glacier National Park a photographer’s paradise, so don’t forget to pack your camera!

If you are looking for suggested Glacier National Park Hiking Trails, check out our Top 5 Hikes in Glacier National Park

If you don’t have all the gear you need to hike in Glacier, make Glacier Outdoor Center your first stop. We offer rental equipment including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, cooking equipment, hiking boots, socks, walking poles, and rain gear are all available at Glacier Outdoor Center. Our knowledgeable sales staff will help outfit you for comfort and safety at prices competitive with larger sporting goods stores. Don’t forget a water bottle, sunscreen, and bear spray plus dehydrated foods, fishing equipment, bug spray and trail maps – all available just a half-mile from the entrance to the Park.

Day hikers will find our cabin accommodations a perfect basecamp for exploring some of Glacier’s top day hikes. Apgar Lookout provides a panoramic view of the McDonald Valley while Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Lake wander through some of the shadiest parts of the Park and a red rock side canyon. Higher up towards Logan Pass, the Highline Trail and Siyeh Pass put you on top of the world, looking out over the magnificent peaks of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Scenic Point and the Dawson-Pitamakin Loop are accessible from the Two Medicine area, both offering rewarding views of the ragged Rocky Mountain Front. Many Glacier provides the quickest trail to reach a glacier in the Park, and Iceberg Lake gives the rare opportunity to see icebergs in August!

Forget the hassle of getting your vehicle from one trailhead to another – free shuttle service is available from July through Labor Day to accommodate point-to-point hiking inside the Park.

Trail status is updated daily and backcountry hikers will need to check in with the Park’s Backcountry office.

A variety of ranger-led programs, from easy walks and evening talks, to all-day hikes and boat tours are offered by Glacier National Park.

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