Glacier National Park Outdoor Trip Ideas

There’s no shortage of things to do in the great outdoors in Glacier National park. Here are some trip ideas to inspire you.

  • Bicycling: For road cyclists, the coup is the incessant, but scenic climb of Going-to-the-Sun Road.
  • Backpacking: Reserve a backcountry permit for the 54-mile North Circle Tour loop from Many Glacier, the 58-mile Northern Traverse, or the 35-mile Inside Trail from St. Mary to Two Medicine.
  • Fishing: Cast a line for wild trout into the North Fork or Middle Fork of the Flathead River, which form boundaries of the park.
  • Wildflowers: Alpine wildflowers burst into bloom on the meadows at Logan Pass in July and early August. They bloom earlier in July in lower elevations and on Many Glacier Road or Two Medicine Road.
  • Beautiful St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park.

    Beautiful St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park. Photo © Becky Lomax.

  • Hiking: In summer, the most popular, and crowded, trails are located in Many Glacier—Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Lake, and Grinnell Glacier—and at Logan Pass on the Hidden Lake Overlook and Highline Trail. Two Medicine offers more solitude on the Dawson-Pitamakin Loop or Cobalt Lake trails.
  • Horseback Riding: Hop on guided horse rides in Many Glacier, Apgar, West Glacier, and Lake McDonald with Swan Mountain Outfitters.
  • Lakes: Going-to-the-Sun Road flanks the park’s two largest lakes—Lake McDonald and St. Mary Lake. Paved roads also terminate at smaller subalpine lakes at Two Medicine or Many Glacier, but to avoid crowds, head up the North Fork to the solitude of Kintla Lake or Bowman Lake.
  • River Rafting: Four rafting companies based out of West Glacier guide white-water, scenic float, or overnight trips on the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

Excerpted from the Fifth Edition of Moon Glacier National Park.

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