7-19-2017 Rivers, Roads, and Trails Report for Glacier National Park

Hello from Glacier Guides and Montana Raft!

We hope you are as thrilled  by this incredible month of nearly perfect weather as we are! The color of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River gets more turquoise every day, and we’ll never get sick of all this sunshine making it sparkle. Rafting continues to be the way to get away from the Glacier National Park crowds, and we’re launching multiple times daily from 10:15 through late afternoon.

Reminder: each week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we gather up all the information you need for yourself and your guests in our Rivers, Roads, and Trails Report.  You can pass this along to anyone who needs to be in the know.

RIVERS

Middle Fork of the Flathead
Running at 2.92 feet /   2,110 cfs.  Flood stage is 10 ft. Go here for up-to-the minute flow info.
North Fork of the Flathead: 
Running at 3.46 feet /  2,520 cfs.  Flood stage is 13 ft. Go  here for up-to-the minute flow info.

GUIDE RAFTING NOTES: If you’re here in Glacier National Park, y ou shouldn’t miss the incredible aquamarine waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, and the gorgeous red and blue glaciated rocks that make up the river bed. The rafting is still super fun and family friendly, through Class II and III rapids in the John F. Stevens Canyon. Give us a ring if we can set up a whitewater adventure for you, or a scenic float, no splash involved. If you’re looking to up your adrenaline levels, definitely choose an Inflatable Kayak! 1-800-521-RAFT.

GUIDE FISHING NOTES:  The weather is hot and the fishing is, too! Attractor flies, beetles, and ants are working particularly well. We’re catching ’em all over the Flathead River system and having a blast teaching newbies at our Fly Fishing School. Reservations aren’t required, but strongly recommended. Give us a ring to set up your perfect Montana fly fishing experience.

ROADS

GOING-TO-THE-SUN-ROAD: OPEN

GUIDE NOTES:  Going-to-the-Sun Road is fully open and everyone is out enjoying it — if you’re looking for solitude, try driving the Road in the early morning or late evening hours. We have a full list of adventures and experiences you can have while driving the road posted on our website.

Inside North Fork Road: Currently closed at Logging Creek RS and Fish Creek. The road is open to Camas Creek, approximately 6 miles past the Fish Creek Campground junction.

Camas Road: Open.

Chief Mountain Road: Open. Chief Mountain Border crossing is now open for the season. Hours are 7am- 10pm 7 days a week June 1-Labor Day. Check here for the latest information.

Many Glacier Road: Open.

Cut Bank Road:  Open.

SHUTTLES:  GTTSR hiker shuttles are operational!

TRAILS 

Trail Status: July 1 — July 31 Transition into Summer

Trails dry out and firm up at lower elevations. Melting snow presents dynamic hazards at higher elevations, ice axe often recommended. Seasonal suspension and plank bridges are all installed by mid-July. Generally, Ptarmigan Tunnel doors open in mid-July. Snow drift blasting and treading is usually completed by Trail Crew by the end of July. The majority of the backcountry campgrounds are open by mid-July although the routes connecting the campgrounds may still be impassible.

Guide Notes: GRINNELL GLACIER TRAIL is now open! Go see yourself a glacier – one of just 23 remaining. Pack yummy snacks, stay hydrated, and take your bear spray and know how to use it.

Trail and Area Closures: 

Closures are trails or areas of the park that have been officially closed for resource or visitor protection.

Logan Pass Area – Hidden Lake Trail – from the overlook to the lake – Spawning Trout, Bear Frequenting

Rising Sun Area – trail between Rising Sun boat launch and picnic area – Bear Frequenting

Many Glacier Area – Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail – Tunnel is now open, but trail is CLOSED for bears, so tunnel is currently inaccessible.

Many Glacier Area – Iceberg Lake – Bear Frequenting

Trail and Area Postings: 

Postings are trails or areas of the park that have  been posted as a warning to visitors to be especially cautious. These areas remain open and visitors should proceed with caution.

Lake McDonald Valley – The Trail of Cedars – Bear Frequenting

Waterton Area – Waterton Lake Trail – Bear Frequenting 

Many Glacier Area – Cracker Lake – Bear Frequenting

Going-the-Sun-Road: all trails between Jackson Glacier Overlook and Sun Point, leading to St. Mary Falls – Bear Frequenting 

For updated trail information, go here. For an updated list of closures, go here.

CAMPING  

Frontcountry Campgrounds – For current information on frontcountry campgrounds go here

Primitive: Quartz Creek, Logging Creek, Cut Bank

Open: Kintla Lake, Bowman Lake, Many Glacier, St. Mary, Rising Sun, Two Medicine, Apgar, Fish Creek, Sprague Creek, Avalanche

Posted: Rising Sun Campground, Dock, and Picnic Area – Bear Frequenting

Posted: Apgar Campground and pathways between Campground and Village – Bear Frequenting

Backcountry Campgrounds – Most backcountry campgrounds are open, but significant snow hazards may be present on the trails between them.  For current information on backcountry campgrounds go here

Closed for Bear Frequenting: Janet 

FIRE

Fire danger is high. Put it ALL the way out!

WEATHER

Weather Forecast:  West Glacier – West Side of Glacier National Park

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Weather Forecast: St. Mary – East Side of Glacier National Park

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Our advice: stay hydrated and take naps. They’re good for you, plus we hear the Northern Lights could make an appearance this week, and you’ll want to be well rested for that show! If you need backpacks, trekking poles, inflatable kayaks, or any other equipment to make the most of your Glacier National Park experience, give us a ring. 

See you out there,

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft