Private Guided Day Hikes in Glacier National Park

Private, Custom Glacier Hikes

If you want to hike with just your friends and family, a private, custom guided day hike is for you! Let us know when and where you want to go. Don’t worry – if you don’t know, we can help you choose!

Your guide can meet you at your hotel or campground if you are staying in Glacier National Park. Typically, our guided day hikes cover 6 to 10 miles, but we will personalize your trip to fit the hiking abilities and interests of your group. We can put together several smaller hikes and tour a larger area of the park over the course of a day – this is an especially great option for children and is available from July through September. Or if you prefer to spend more time on trail we’ll focus on a hike that best meets your hiking ability and expectations.

Planning on hiking with us in mid May through mid to late June?  Please remember that terrain will be more limited due to snow lingering in the higher elevations. During May and June we can offer lower elevation hikes in the Lake McDonald valley, Two Medicine area and Many Glacier area. The Going to the Sun Road usually does not open until the last week of June or early July.  The Highline trail, Iceberg Lake and Grinnell Glacier won’t be accessible until July.

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Price: Flat fee of $925 for a group of 1 to 5 people. If a group has 6 or more people, the rate is $185 per person.

Additional Fees: Glacier National Park Entrance Fee (not included in price)

Guide Tip: Industry rate is 18-20% (not included in price)

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Trip Details

Difficulty: Easy, Family Friendly, Moderate, or Advanced – you choose!

Dates: Mid-May through mid-October. Book on line or contact us if you don’t see a date that you’d like. info@glacierguides.com. Or call 406 387 5555.

Trip Duration: 1 day

What's Included, What to Bring

What should I bring? Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a day pack to carry water bottle, provided lunch, camera/phone, binoculars, rain coat, fleece, and your Glacier National Park Pass. A Vehicle Reservation for Glacier National Park is included. This is different from a park pass, read more here.

Got gear? Osprey daypacks, baby backpack carriers, Black Diamond hiking poles, and other gear available for rent! You’ll need a daypack to carry your lunch and water in. Don’t forget your water bottles, too!

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Itinerary & Additional Details

What’s Included?

Transportation is included. Lunch is, too! Our trail lunches are largely locally and organically sourced. They generally include homemade cookies, fresh fruits and vegetables, chips, and your choice of a turkey, ham, roast beef, or veggie sandwiches. Our in-house kitchen can accommodate nearly any dietary restriction or preference – just ask in advance, please. You’ll need a daypack to carry your lunch and water. Don’t forget your water bottles, too!

Private, Custom Day Hike Meeting Notes

Please call our office the day before departure at 406-387-5555 to check-in. The day of the trip, arrive at our office by 7:30 AM to meet your guide, unless other arrangements have been made. 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.

Other Options For Hiking In Glacier National Park

If our custom guided day hike trips are full, don’t forget that we offer regularly scheduled guided hikes in Glacier every day of the summer! Monday is our Introduction to Glacier hike, Tuesdays we walk the Highline Trail, Wednesdays are for waterfalls, Thursdays we tackle Piegan Pass, Fridays we enjoy Iceberg Lake, and Saturdays we climb Scenic Point.

Looking for a private backpacking trip with your family? Find out more here.

Please call us and we’ll be happy to help you choose the right experience for your group. 406-387-5555

Private Combination Adventure Packages

Want to hike with your nearest and dearest one day, and have a different kind of fun with them on another? Let us take you whitewater raftingscenic floatingovernight raftingfly fishingovernight fly fishing, or bicycling in Glacier National Park, too! We can always arrange for private experiences – just ask. info@glacierguides.com

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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!

    — Britney Doe

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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.

    — Ashley Marie

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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!

    — Andrew Rocca

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