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Posted on 06/16/2019 1:00:45 PM PDT by urtax$@work
We are visiting Glacier NP, MT. for a couple of days. Any advice from G. NP veterans ?
I dont know where we will stay one over-nite yet, but i was thinking about taking the Sun Road early to some choice parking areas and doing some hiking . (No long hikes/No mountain climbs either.) Can you get to actual glaciers..? Whats the dope on the park. (or in modern lingo- whats the best hack for GNP ?)
Be sure to do “The Road To The Sun” drive.
Pictures my son sent me from there were nice. Watch for bears I suppose is the best advice
Take your passport and visit Waterton as well
Need to go there myself soon also.
There’s no part of Glacier that won’t take your breath away, so I don’t have any pointers on that regard...but there’s a kind of strip mall on the main drag going through Kalispell that has a place called “Scotty’s Bar.” Their elk and bison burgers are exquisite. They have a big sign and it’s easy to spot. My wife and I love going there. Another good Kalispell eatery is “Julies.” Locals are friendly and they’ll give directions. It’s a small place and you’ll have no trouble. I’ve got a busy summer planned and won’t get there until fall. I envy you...have fun.
Beautiful park. Ther only place I have ever seen a grizzly in the wild. Going back this September. Last time I was there it was August and it got down to the 30’s Night. I can’t say about Glacier, but the parks have gotten ridiculously crowded the past few years, get an early start and beat the crowds.
We were going last half of July. Does the Sun Road get crowded? Does the park in general get crowded ? The Park Web site warns about shuttle stops. Example of bad timing would be visiting Bear Lake @ RMNP late morning in the summer.
from the NP website.....
“Depending on where and when you board one of Glacier’s free shuttle buses you may have to wait an hour or more for an available seat. “
Since you mentioned food.... one of our party has celiacs and that will drive most eating-out decisions. We did have some good options at Estes Park last October though.
Right; road to sun
also boat cruise and ‘Tea’ at Prince of Wales
Get out of your car. Buy and Carry and be Prepared to use Bear Spray! Go to the Many Glacier area, and be prepared for crowds.
The west side is more rain forest, and the east side is more open. You need to see both.
It’s my favorite place in the world!
The trail at Logan Pass visitor center to Hidden Lake Overlook is nice and not long or strenuous (Get there early or there will be no parking as this is a busy trailhead for multiple hikes). All the other hikes we did (Highline Trail loop, Grinnell Glacier, and Iceberg Lake) were longer hikes.
Many Glacier area is a must visit area. There is has a scenic boat ride there. Also, trailheads for numerous hikes.
I understand. Do have a wonderful time though.
Ask them when all of the glaciers will be gone.
Stopped at an overlook on GTTS road one evening and dropped the tailgate and cooked dinner. Great memory.
Don’t keep food in your sleeping bag.
Glacier replaced Yellowstone a decade ago as our favorite park. Yes, drive the Going-to-the Sun Road first. Thats in case it rains later. Visit Lake McDonald Lodge and take the Sunset Boat Tour from there. Weve NEVER beeN to Glacier without seeing grizzlies. Drive up to Many Glacier Hotel. You might not spot a grizzly yourself but just look for people with spotting scopes in the parking areas and ask wheres the bear? Theyll be happy to show you. Lastly, STUDY! There are books and videos at your library, and check out YouTube. Theres a great source! And by all means reserve very early. It gets crowded, but theres a good reason why. Start planning now.
The backcountry is still heavily snowed in and, as of last week, the Going to the Sun Highway wasn’t open yet. They are still removing snow. Be sure to check for road closures. There will be a huge difference from early July to late July.
Whatever you do, be sure to hurry. I hear the glaciers are supposed to be gone by July.
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