Every Monday Hike – Introduction to Glacier

Introduction to Glacier Trip Details

This easy hike in Glacier’s Two Medicine valley is a great introduction to both “sides” of the park and the perfect place to learn about cultural considerations, glaciation, and more.

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Pricing

Adult Price: $165

Child Price: $165 (10+ yrs)

Additional Fees: Glacier Park entrance and guide gratuity not included.

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Trip Details

Difficulty: Our Monday trip is the best easy hike in Glacier!

Easy – Moderate, 4 miles, 800 feet elevation gain

Dates: Mondays from May 30th through September 12th.

Trip Duration: Approximately 8 hours

*reservations required in advance

What's Included, What to Bring

What is provided?

Interpretive Guide with wilderness first aid and bear management training, van transport, lunch.

What should I bring?

Day pack to carry water bottle, lunch (provided), camera/phone, binoculars, rain coat, fleece, and your Glacier National Park Pass. Comfortable hiking shoes.

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Itinerary & Additional Details

Let’s Go For an Easy Hike in Glacier National Park

We will take an easy hike in the Two Medicine Valley, with views of lakes, waterfalls and mountain peaks. Generally, we will walk about 4 miles total.

Times are approximate.

7:00 am – 7:30 am

Meet your guide at our West Glacier office at 7:00 am. Your guide will do a quick orientation, check over your gear for the day, and go over last minute details. We will drive around Glacier’s southern border, passing through the southernmost tip of the park.

Along the way, we will have views of the Nyack Wilderness Area, the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork Flathead River, and the northern edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. We’ll also cross the Continental Divide at Marias Pass, before driving through historic East Glacier Park.

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Arrive in the Two Medicine valley around 8:30am. One of Glacier’s last standing chalets is located here, and now operates as the historic Two Medicine Camp Store, which makes a great final stop for a bathroom break and to top off water bottles. Before we even start hiking, you’ll be blown away by the views of Two Medicine Lake reflecting the park’s glacially carved arrets, horns and peaks.

9:00 am – 11:30 am

Next, we’ll hike in the Two Medicine valley, exploring multiple natural features. This easy hike in Glacier meanders through meadows, beaver ponds, and a lodgepole pine, spruce, and Douglas fir forest. Depending on varying conditions, such as weather, trail status, and group dynamics, we might head to destinations like viewpoints, lakes, and waterfalls.

Along the way, you’ll learn an incredible amount about Glacier National Park generally, and the Two Medicine valley, specifically. This Introduction to Glacier hike also covers best bear management practices, Leave No Trace ethics, and responsible recreation skills. Our guides are passionate and encyclopedic about Glacier National Park — no matter your level of hiking experience, we promise they’ll teach you something new.

Then, we’ll relax and enjoy a hearty, homemade trail lunch. Our trail lunches are largely locally and organically sourced, and generally include homemade cookies, fresh fruit and vegetables, chips, and your choice of a turkey, ham, roast beef, or veggie sandwich. Our in-house kitchen can accommodate nearly any dietary restriction or preference – just ask ahead of time! While we eat, we’ll look for moose or bear along the shore of Two Medicine Lake.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

We return along the same route, while your guide answers any questions that you might have about the park. You’ll end the day knowing more about Glacier National Park than you ever expected. Feel free to explore the Two Medicine Camp Store and grab a cold drink or an ice cream cone for the ride home!

2:00 pm — 3:30 pm

We’ll return to West Glacier via the same route on U.S. Highway 2. Typically, we arrive at the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft office no later than 3:30 pm.

More Introduction to Glacier Info

Reservations required in advance. This trail can be busy during the middle of the summer, but it is much more off the beaten path than most of Glacier’s iconic “easy to moderate” trails.

Meeting Notes: Guests are welcome to check in with us the day prior to departure: 406-387-5555 or info@glacierguides.com. The day of the trip please arrive at our office by 7:00 AM. Click on directions for how to find us.

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    Went on a guided hike to Avalanche Trail yesterday with our guide Tom. Perfect way to experience the Park for the first time. I learned so much about the Park as Tom pointed out many interesting points that I would have not known if I went alone. Enjoyed the company of 5 other guests. Took a van ride about 16 miles in to access the Trail. Tom brought lunches for each and we ate halfway through on the shore of a beautiful lake. I enjoyed asking questions to learn and Tom had the answers. I would highly recommend taking a guided hike with Glacier Guides even if you’ve been to the Park before. Glad I did.

    — Peter Lemp

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    What an amazing experience! Just finished a four day backpacking trip with guide, Jen. Jen was extremely professional and so “in tune” to the group. Her knowledge of the surroundings we walked through was incredible. It’s clear she holds a passion for what she does that really shines through. She went above and beyond to help give me a most memorable first time experience at Glacier. Thank you!

    — Jessica Wolf

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    I went on a six day hike with four guys and our guide, Maketa. It was amazing. We had a wide range of ages 35-70 and our guide was able to create the perfect trip for all of us. It is an unbelievable park and we were able to optimize our time there because of the expert planning from Maketa. Glacier Guides was helpful throughout the experience and I wouldn’t have had the same trip any other way. Definitely a FIVE STAR rating. Best trip of my life!

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    We did the 3 day backpacking trip with Tom a few weeks ago. It was the BEST experience we could have asked for! We will book again if we get the chance. Unforgettable views and experience. Not to mention the food Tom made with just one little burner was perfect.

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    Glacier guides was more than I could’ve imagined! My Friends and I did the 5 day glacier challenge and it was amazing! They offer longer hikes and shorter hikes. I thought I would do all the long hikes but I didn’t every day. Every hike you take is absolutely stunning!! definitely do what your body will allow, you’ll still be very satisfied! Best part of the challenge is most certainly the guides… TOM MATELICH is awesome! he is a wonderful leader, cook, guide, absolutely hilarious and all around great guy! ARI MELINGER-COHEN is super chill and very calming to be around, extremely knowledgeable and very caring. MAKETE ROESCH is magical, super helpful and can pretty much answer anything you want to know (especially about bears and flowers). All these guys are seriously the best and when I go back I will 100% be requesting them. Glacier guides couldn’t have made this experience any better! Forever grateful for their guidance and the love they have for this beautiful place!

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