Locally Owned & Operated: Glacier National Park
There’s a lot to think about when vacationing somewhere you’ve never been. Like how close you want to be to town, what activities you want to do, the best restaurants and food you’ve got to try. But more important than that, you want to make sure your money is going to the right places and… Read more »
Why You Shouldn't Cancel Your Trip in Glacier National Park Due To Rain
There are plenty of reasons to not cancel your trip to Glacier National Park, and unfavorable weather is certainly a big one. The weather is always unpredictable on the Continental Divide, which bisects Glacier National Park and at Glacier Guides Montana Raft, we explore in every type — because there’s beauty to see even on… Read more »
Siyeh Pass In The Fall – Updated For 2021
If you’re thinking of hiking Siyeh Pass in the fall, there are a few things you should know. It’s not every autumn that Siyeh Pass is still accessible to hikers. Glacier National Park can see snow every month of the year, and September snows are the rule, not the exception.
Plan My Trip To Glacier National Park: The November Edition
November In Glacier National Park You can often see, and hear, your breath in November in Glacier National Park. Flaming trees and frosty meadows abound. The cold silence is thrilling to prepared visitors – but preparation is the key to success! Read on for our advice on Glacier National Park trips in November. What’s Open… Read more »
Hike To Gunsight Lake
Gunsight Lake Waterfalls, Moose Habitat, and Glaciers Galore The trail to Gunsight Lake makes for an incredibly scenic day. This hike is known for its up close and personal views of Blackfoot and Jackson glaciers on the way to the spectacular lake. Difficulty: Advanced. 12.6 miles, 1500 feet. This hike is challenging, but worth it! We… Read more »
Backpacking in Glacier National Park
Six Days in Glacier’s Backcountry Backpacking in Glacier National Park is our passion. As a company, we were founded because of the need we saw for ecologically sensitive backpacking in Glacier Park. That was back in 1983. Since then, we’ve taken thousands of guests on 2, 3, 4, 6, and even 10 day backpacking tours of… Read more »
Granite Park Chalet Hike
Granite Park Chalet Hike: The Photo Tour We’re starting to plan out next summer’s adventures, including our 3 day Granite Park Chalet hike! Although we won’t have firm Summer 2020 trip dates until January 2020, we are signing people up to be on the first-to-know-trip-dates email. We’ll send that email in January. If Chalet trips interest… Read more »
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 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 »
FAQ: Backpacking in Glacier National Park
Top 5 FAQ About Backpacking in Glacier National Park #1: What’s up with the backcountry permit system? At Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, we put in for advanced permit requests in Glacier each spring. You can, too. Sometimes, we’re asking for specific itineraries for clients on a custom trip. Other times, we’re requesting tried and… Read more »
Sperry Chalet in 2018
Normally, I don’t write blog posts for Glacier Guides and Montana Raft in first person. But this one, about the Sperry Chalet rebuild, is personal. On Saturday, I went and paid my respects to Sperry Chalet. First, some background.
Hiking Ptarmigan Tunnel
Ptarmigan Tunnel Glacier Guides Difficulty Rating: Strenuous. Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft. Mileage: 10.6 miles. Hiking Time (estimate): Allow 4-4½ hours to reach the tunnel, 1 hour for lunch, and 3-3½ hours to return. Other: Trails in the Many Glacier area are frequently closed due to bear activity. It is wise to check with a ranger… Read more »
It isn’t the thousands of icicles hanging precipitously from the cliffs of Mt. Cannon. And it’s not the white blankets on the ancient green cedars. It isn’t even the magic of hiking through a snow shower.
Iceberg Lake in September
The best time to visit Glacier is autumn, of course, if you’re a hiker. With a bit of planning and preparation for the possibility of wintry weather and the definite lack of services, you’ll be greatly rewarded by fall hiking in Glacier National Park.
Challenging Glacier National Park Hikes
4 Best Challenging Glacier National Park Hikes Are you ready to graduate from easy and intermediate hikes in Glacier National Park? You’ve gotten familiar with bear spray, blister prevention and treatment, and how to treat water? Awesome. You may be ready for what we like to call challenging Glacier National Park hikes! These are strenuous… Read more »
10 Days Backpacking in Glacier National Park
Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask About: 10 Days Backpacking in Glacier National Park If you’ve ever poked around on our backpacking page, you’ve seen that we go on 3, 4, 6, and 10 days backpacking in Glacier National Park adventures. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Have you… Read more »
Best Intermediate Hikes In Glacier National Park: West Side Edition
There are 734 fabulous miles of trails in Glacier National Park, often referred to as the Hiker’s National Park. Glacier holds over a million acres of wonder, and you really can’t pick a “bad” trail. After all, hiking is always what you make of it. But today I’m going to play favorites, and talk about… Read more »
Best Intermediate Hikes in Glacier National Park: East Side Edition
You don’t have to be a Spartan Race competitor to experience Glacier’s incredible backcountry. In decent shape? Even more importantly, have an upbeat, can-do attitude? Got a daypack and broken in hiking boots? You might be ready to check out the best intermediate hikes in Glacier National Park! This post lays out the best of the… Read more »
Glacier National Park On Memorial Day Weekend
It’s almost the last weekend in May. And you know what that means. Time to load up the gear and the rig, and get yourself to the Crown of the Continent. Then what? We’ve got you covered in Glacier National Park on Memorial Day Weekend.
Top Ten Hikes for Kids in Glacier National Park
Are you going hiking with kids in Glacier National Park? Awesome. Your time couldn’t be better spent. You’ve reviewed our checklist for what to pack. Hint: heavy on the gummy bears. So, where to? The answer, of course, depends on your kids’ abilities and enthusiasm. We’ve seen happy 4 year olds out hike their much… Read more »
Gummy Bears and Top Ten Necessities for Hiking with Kids in Glacier National Park
Start ’em young and make it fun! Going on a hike with kids in Glacier National Park can be magical. With kids, the goal is the journey itself, never the destination.
Dear Santa: Hi, it’s us. Your favorite rafting, hiking, and fishing guides over at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft. We’ve been pretty good this year, Santa, and we tried to give Glacier National Park support in everything that we did.
The Dawson-Pitamakin Loop in the Two Medicine Area of Montana’s Glacier National Park is a stunning 18 mile adventure.
Hiking Glacier National Park: Red Rock Falls
It’s so hard to say goodbye to hiking Glacier National Park for the year. But a foot of snow blanketed the park last night, and shut down the Going to the Sun Road at St. Mary and Lake McDonald. Here at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, we explore our beloved backyard year round, but the closure of… Read more »
Giving Thanks for Glacier National Park
Happy Thanksgiving! What are you giving thanks for today? Glacier Guides and Montana Raft is most thankful for Glacier National Park!
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