Glacier National Park

Called the "Crown of the Continent," this national park is dominated by glacial-carved mountains. It is a fantastic place for hiking, backpacking, and enjoying some of America's finest scenery.

About Glacier National Park

More than 700 miles of trails through forests, valleys, waterfalls, high peaks, and blue-green lakes await adventurous hikers and backpackers. It is a primarily untouched wilderness of a pristine quality hosting over 1,000 plant species in its predominantly coniferous forests and alpine tundra. The park is a designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for its rich diversity of wildlife (grizzly bears, wolves, and Bighorn sheep), awe-inspiring geological features formed by the glaciers (U-shaped valleys, cirques, and aretes), and its Indigenous cultural history.

Notes

  • Much of Glacier National Park's backcountry is usually inaccessible to hikers until early June and many trails at higher altitudes remain snow-packed until July, because of  the accumulated snowpack and avalanche risk.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Naturalist
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Land Manager: Glacier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • Trails Illustrated Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks Map
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Backpack - Glacier National Park

Backpacking Trip
Epic week-long traverse of Glacier National Park--Montana. A one-way shuttle trip from Kintla Lake to
Difficulty: stenuous
Thu, Sep 19, 2024 - Wed, Sep 25, 2024
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants
Registration opens Mar 10
Foothills Branch
Rob Erickson
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