Introduction to Backpacking in Glacier National Park
This 2 day guided trip is the perfect way to explore the backcountry for the first time.
Difficulty: Moderate. Pack weight should be 30-35 lbs.
Dates: Mondays during July.
Trip Duration: 2 Days
Price: $410 per person. Minimum Age: 15.
Other Price: $20 park entrance fee and gratuity for guide not included. Backpack, hiking poles, sleeping bag, and tent are available for rent.
This Introduction to Backpacking in Glacier National Park Trip Will Get You Ready For More!
The Introduction to Backpacking in Glacier National Park trip is a 2 day — 1 night — adventure into the backcountry. It’s perfect for novices who aren’t sure what backpacking is about, and want to find out!
You’ll visit parts of the park that most visitors don’t know exist. On the trail, your guide will point out features of interest. You’ll learn to identify flora and fauna. Camping in Glacier’s beautiful backcountry campgrounds will be the highlight!
Here’s the thing. We’ve been Glacier National Park’s exclusive, trusted backpacking partner since 1983. But we have to stand in line for backcountry permits like everyone else. So, we can’t give you an exact itinerary for this 2 day backpacking trip. We might not know exactly where we’re going until the day before the trip. However, we can give you an example of what you might expect!
First, arrive at our West Glacier office at 8:30 am to meet your guide. You’ll go over your gear and split up food and equipment among the group. Next, depending on the itinerary, expect a 1 to 3 hour ride to the trailhead. You should be on trail between 11:30 to 12:30!
Our guides are passionate about Glacier. No matter your level of hiking experience, we promise they’ll teach you something new. Camp is likely to be on the shore of a beautiful lake. Or, you might be nestled next to the peaceful sounds of a creek. There might be time for swimming or fishing. Finally, after setting up camp, your guide will prepare an incredible backcountry meal.
On the subject of meals: you will be amazed by what our guides cook for you. We like to eat, and it shows. As a company, we believe in sourcing locally, purchasing organic when possible, and fueling ourselves with the best available food. You won’t find commercially freeze dried one bag meals on this trip! We can also accommodate nearly any dietary restriction or preference – just ask.
Next morning, you’ll awaken to a cup of fresh, organic, fair trade coffee or tea. Breakfast will be hearty. In midsummer, your guide might sprinkle freshly picked huckleberries onto your protein packed pancakes! After breaking camp, expect to be on the trail between 9:00-10:00am. Then, you’ll hike out to the trailhead. A delicious lunch awaits you, which will be a treat after 2 days in the backcountry. Typically, you’ll return to the Glacier Guides and Montana office around 5 pm, although that can vary.
FAQ: Introduction to Backpacking in Glacier National Park Trip
- Mileage covered typically ranges from 6-8 miles per day. However, it could be more — or less.
- Elevation gain and loss on a typical day will be about 500-800 feet. Again, it could be more — or less.
- Weight of your backpack will depend on the weight of what you choose to bring. Upon arrival, your guide will give you about 5 pounds of food to add to your bag. Most people on a 2 day backpack trip end up with a pack weight of 30-35 pounds. Remember, ounces make pounds!
- Our guides pack and prepare all meals. We are happy to accommodate special dietary needs. Please let us know what they are when you book your trip.
- Group size is limited to 8 people per backcountry trip. 7 guests per guide.
- What’s provided? Do you need a sleeping bag? Here’s a list of what to bring.
Receive a 10% discount on Overnight Rafting! Just combine it with your backpacking adventure. Don’t miss the chance to see Glacier’s southwestern river border. The Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River are federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. Relaxing on these turquoise waters is the perfect way to follow up your backpacking trip! Just give us a call at 406-387-5555 and we’ll get you set up. Learn more about Overnight Rafting here.
Introduction to Backpacking in Glacier National Park Trip Meeting Notes
The day before the trip, please call our office to check in. 406-387-5555 or 1-800-521-7238.
On departure day, arrive at our office by 8:30 AM.
We are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on Highway 2. Look for our Glacier Guides and Montana Raft sign on the north side of the highway, between mile markers 151 and 152. When you see our sign, and the blue raft on the blue bus, turn off the highway. Our campus is tucked into the trees, just down the road.