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3 Day Solstice Multi-Adventure in Glacier National Park: Bike, Hike, Raft!
The Solstice is a special day for outdoor lovers, but especially so in Montana, where we average over 16 hours of light! To celebrate all this daylight, we’re hosting our first ever 3 Day Solstice Multi-Adventure in Glacier.
Day 1: Bike the closed-to-vehicle-traffic Going to the Sun Road.
Day 2: Hike on a few of Glacier’s 734 miles of trails in the Two Medicine Valley.
Day 3: Raft the Middle Fork of the Flathead, a Wild and Scenic River that forms Glacier’s southwestern border.
Dates: June 16th
The Solstice is Friday, June 21
Trip Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights. Lodging at Glacier Guides Lodge included.
Minimum Age: 15
(Based on double occupancy lodging. $245.03 for single supplement added for solo travelers.)
Included: Guided Biking, Hiking, and Rafting Tours. 2 nights lodging. Breakfast on days 2 and 3. Lunch on days 1, 2, and 3. Bike and helmet provided for biking. Wetsuit, booties, and splash gear provided for rafting.
Not Included: $20 park entrance fee ($35 for family — see entrance fee details here), 7% River User Fee, and gratuities for biking, hiking, or rafting guides. Dinners on your own.
Solstice Multi-Adventure in Glacier Meeting Notes
Guests should call our office to check-in the day prior to departure. 406-387-5555. On day 1, meet your biking guide at our campus at 1:30pm. Next, on day 2, meet your hiking guide at our campus at 8am. Finally, on day 3, meet your rafting guide at our campus at 9:45am.
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 marker 151 and 152. Our property is just off the highway tucked in the trees. When you see our sign, turn to the north. Then you will see our office shortly thereafter.
3 Day Solstice Multi-Adventure in Glacier National Park Itinerary
Day 1: Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road
Biking in Glacier National Park with our interpretive guides is a bucket list experience!
Trip Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours or about 15 miles and 3,000 feet in elevation gain, depending on how far the snow permits us to ride. However, there is no pressure – we are all about having fun! Some of the group of may split off. There is always the option to turn around. Others may continue all the way to Logan Pass, snow permitting.
We meet at the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft campus at 1:30pm. Next, get fitted for a bike and helmet. This departure time lets us take advantage of the increased warmth of the afternoon, and the beautiful light, too. Typically, it also ensures that the plow crew is finished for the day. Then, we can ride as far as possible. We will likely return around 7:30pm.
Typically, we bike on the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road, from Avalanche up into the alpine section. Along the way, we enjoy a delicious sack lunch. In the spring, the alpine section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed to vehicles but open to hiker-biker traffic. Biking the road is the ultimate spring adventure in Glacier!
If the Going-to-the-Sun Road is unavailable, we will bike on another road in the park.
Day 2: Hiking in Two Medicine
This easy to moderate hike in the Two Medicine area of Glacier is a great introduction to the park and the perfect place to learn about forest ecology, glaciation and Native American history.
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate, 7 miles, 400 feet elevation gain.
Trip Duration: Approximately 6 hours.
We meet at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft at 8am to drive to the Two Medicine valley, on the east side of Glacier National Park. From there, we hike on the south shore trail of Two Medicine Lake to Rockwell Falls. This area is one of our favorites to guide! You’ll enjoy staggering views of Sinopah and Flinsch peaks on the Two Medicine Pass trail.
The trail meanders through a beautiful forest, as well as open meadows, before ending at stunning Rockwell Falls. Rockwell Falls is actually two separate waterfalls! Enjoy exploring different angles in order to best see both falls.
A delicious trail lunch is included, so be sure to leave room in your pack. Be sure to check out our Packing List, too.
Day 3: Rafting the Middle Fork of the Flathead
On this thrilling Glacier Park rafting experience, everyone gets a “window seat” and has the option to become part of the paddling crew!
Trip Duration: Approximately 2 – 2.5 hours
We meet at 9:45am at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft to get fitted for lifejackets and river gear. Enjoy an approximately 2 hour whitewater rafting tour on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. We take small groups down this Wild and Scenic river that forms Glacier’s southwestern border. Anyone who wants a “window seat” can have one. And if you want to help maneuver the raft through the rapids by paddling — following the simple commands of the guide — you can! The trip winds through John Stevens Canyon where the rapids are rated class II and III, making for a fun and splashy whitewater rafting adventure. Wetsuits, helmets, booties and splash gear will be provided.
When we return to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft in the early afternoon, you’ll find a delicious, deli style lunch waiting for you. We’ll then say our goodbyes, follow each other on Instagram, and leave with incredible memories of our Solstice adventures in Glacier National Park.
3 Day Solstice Multi-Adventure in Glacier:
Everything You Always Wanted To Know But Were Afraid to Ask
#1 What’s on the menu?
We like to eat, and it shows. Our in house kitchen staff believes in sourcing locally and purchasing organic when possible. We fuel your body with the best available, homemade food. You won’t find greasy breakfast sandwiches or soggy subs on this itinerary! All meals offer nutritious and delicious choices. If you have dietary preferences, concerns, or restrictions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us prior to your trip. Our kitchen staff takes pride in its ability to accommodate almost anyone.
Breakfasts are offered each morning at the Lodge beginning at 6:30am. Lunches are provided on the road, trail, and after the river. Dinners are on your own — there are many dining options in this area of Montana. Don’t hesitate to ask us for a recommendation, and be sure to read our Insider’s Guide prior to your trip.
#2 What do I wear?
For biking, we recommend dressing just as you might for a hike. On a nice day, shorts will work just fine! On a cold day, you’ll want warm, breathable layers. Keep in mind that rain and snow are always possible in the mountains.
- Breathable layers, like long underwear, tights, or yoga pants.
- Rain pants and a rain jacket – the road may be wet from melting snow.
- Warm layer, like a puffy or fleece jacket.
- Gloves, for biking or just simple fleece.
- Baseball cap if it’s hot, stocking cap if it’s cool – or maybe both! The weather is always subject to change in the mountains.
- Hiking shoes or tennis shoes are advised.
- Daypack with hydration system or 2 water bottles. You can purchase water bottles in our retail store for $3.
For hiking, check out our Day Trips Packing List – be sure to leave room in your day pack for your delicious trail lunch!
For the river, be sure to wear clothes you won’t mind getting wet. See our Packing List – Day Trips page for more information about what you will need for the trip. Wetsuits and booties, if necessary, are available for no additional cost.
#3 Where are we going hiking?
It’s good to keep an open mind about hiking itineraries, as trail status is always subject to change. That being said, we plan head over to the stunning east side of Glacier National Park and explore the Two Medicine area, specifically Rockwell Falls.