The Glacier Guides Blog

Hike to Sperry Chalet  

2019 Hike to Sperry Chalet Two years ago today, on August 31, 2017, the main dormitory at Sperry Chalet burned to the ground in the Sprague Fire. The Glacier National Park community was shocked. I sat on my porch and cried my heart out at the loss of the old gal. Next morning, seeing the first pictures,… Read more »

Hiking to Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park  

Grinnell Glacier   Hike Profile Glacier Guide Difficulty Rating: Strenuous Elevation Gain: 1600 ft. (488 m) Mileage: 10.6 miles (17 km); take 3.4 mi (5.5 km) off the round trip by taking a boat ride, for a total trip of 7.2 miles. Hiking Time (estimate): 3½ to 4 hours to Grinnell Glacier, 1 hour for… Read more »

Siyeh Pass in Glacier National Park  

Hiking Siyeh Pass Siyeh Pass Hike Profile Glacier Guides Difficulty Rating: Strenuous.  Elevation Gain: 2,240 ft./683 m (3,440 ft./1,048 m descent) Mileage: 10.1 miles (16.3 km) round trip.  Hiking Time (estimate): Allow 3 ½ -4 hours to reach the pass, 1 hour for lunch, and 3- 3 ½ hours to complete your trip. Other: Portions… Read more »

Hike To Otokomi Lake  

Otokomi Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana This hike explores the Rising Sun Area. Nestled in a bright red cirque known as the Rose Basin, Otokomi Lake is perfect for anyone looking for a challenging hike, typically with little foot traffic. The Otokomi Lake trail provides opportunities to learn about glaciation, forest fire ecology, wildlife, park… Read more »

Hiking Apikuni Falls in Glacier National Park  

Apikuni Falls  Hike Profile Not only is there a debate on how Apikuni (or Appekunny) Falls is spelled, but also of its meaning, either “white-spotted robe” or “scabby robe.” The white man who earned the Indian name of “Apikuni” married into the Blackfeet tribe and lived with them for many years. “Scabby robe” refers to… Read more »

Hiking Highline Trail in Glacier National Park  

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park Hike Profile If expansive vistas and alpine meadows excite you, look no further than the Highline Trail! This trail traverses the western side of the Continental Divide, the glacially carved ridge that divides our continent’ss watersheds. This trail is characterized by gentle ups and down, until the final… Read more »

Huckleberry Lookout  

Huckleberry Lookout in Glacier National Park Huckleberry Lookout definitely lives up to its name. In the late summer months, this trail is lined with juicy huckleberries, a delightful snack for the hungry hiker. Humans are not the only species who enjoy this sweet fruit, however. Huckleberry Mountain (6,593 ft.) is known as a bear paradise… Read more »

Glacier Park Summer Preview  

The whitewater rafting on Glacier’s border rivers is at its most thrilling in the spring, as peak runoff typically occurs then. As summer gets fully underway, overnight and full day rafting is where it’s at! Relax in the morning, eat lunch riverside, and go for a swim.

Spring in Glacier National Park  

May and June mean springtime in the Rockies is at its best, and early visitors will enjoy better, uncrowded wildlife, waterfall, and wildflower viewing than visitors in the peak July-August season.