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15th of June 2005 (Wed), 08:47
We are headed to Glacier National Park in the end of July for a week long vacation!
I'm hoping some of you fine people have been there before and can help me out:
Is there anything that is a must see?
I'm looking for some good hiking trails with some nice scenery, preferable day or half day trips, as we are staying in a lodge in Kalispell. We are taking my 10 year old daughter so nothing too rugged, she is adventurous and likes to hike though!
We’d also like to go rafting again, (We went in CO and loved it!) I’ve found a couple of companies that do rafting in the area, but recommendations are always good!
Thanks in advance for your help!
17th of June 2005 (Fri), 11:34
I just got back from there. We had planned to drive the "Going-to-the-Sun" highway, but they closed it for a few days because of the threat of snow (in June !!!), so we didn't get to see the best places. What we did see was still spectacular, though. I'll post some pics here in a little while.
17th of June 2005 (Fri), 14:32
Going to the Sun road is now open again and should stay open for the rest of the season. Typically, it opens around the middle of June. Wildflowers peak in July. The Going to the Sun road will take you to Logan Pass which is a must stop. There is a visitor center there and a nice trail/boardwalk to some overlooks. It is spectacular! You will see both wildflowers and wild life. I have always seen both goats and sheep along that trail. They are quite tame.
20th of June 2005 (Mon), 10:00
Thanks for the responses guys!
I’ve heard Going to the Sun Road is very nice! Do you know about what time in July that the wildflowers usually peak? Everything I’ve seen so far just states July, not really when. We’re going to be there the last week in July, so I’m hoping they’ll still be quite a few around.
21st of June 2005 (Tue), 20:31
The wildflowers peak later at the higher altitudes. My experience was that some wildflowers lasted well into August. My first trip was from mid-August until after Labor day and I had ample opportunity to photograph some flowers above the visitor center on "Going to the Sun" road. Of course, there the quantity of flowers is much greater in July.
21st of June 2005 (Tue), 22:55
I lived on the Canadian side of this park. It was about a three hour drive from home then. My wife and I used to make the going to the sun road trip at least once a year. It is an absolute gem of a park. If you are lucky you will run into grizzlies, big horn sheep, mountain goats, deer, elk and a variety of rodents.
Of course there is always the majestic Rocky Mountains s well. Hard to beat them.
Enjoy the trip.
22nd of June 2005 (Wed), 08:40
Wow, it sounds like a great place to live three hours away from!
We're figguring it'll take us about 23 hours driving time to make it there from the Chicago area.
22nd of June 2005 (Wed), 10:34
We were there last August and stayed on the east side of the park in Many Glaciers. We took the Going to the Sun Road to the west side & back. Altho we enjoyed both sides of the park, we preferred the east because of it's more dramtic scenery with lots & lots of hiking trails. For pics go to:
Have a great trip...Harvey
22nd of June 2005 (Wed), 10:43
I was just there last week !!! The whole park is beautiful. I'd strongly suggest going to Logan pass. Even though there's a lot of snow on the actual path to Hidden Lake, it's worth the effort. I'll try to post some pictures later.
How did you manage to get the reflections in the lake ? I havent been very successful with such attempts.
22nd of June 2005 (Wed), 10:54
Nothing too spectacular, but, here's two pictures I took:
22nd of June 2005 (Wed), 12:22
Man, I didn't think I could get any more excited!
Thanks for sharing your pics and thoughts guys!
23rd of June 2005 (Thu), 00:25
A lot of luck to have a windless day in mid morning. We were just driving to our motel along the highway and the scene just unfolded before us. This was out second stop along side the road. The other was not quite as spectacular. In both cases, I just pulled over along side the road to capture the reflection. No hiking, no nothing. We were blessed with great weather just like our 2004 Alaska trip when we got to see Mt McKinley on 3 consecutive days...Harvey
23rd of June 2005 (Thu), 07:59
You are probably right. I was there last week and man, was it windy (and cloudy). I was lucky enough to have one beautiful sunny day. I cant wait to go back at a different time of the year.
EDIT: I am also jealous that you managed to get a picture of a bear ! :) My wife and I were hoping to see atleast one wild animal (from a distance, of course), but all we saw were "wild" chipmunks and deer. Something we see all the time in Ohio anyway. On one of our hikes, a deer leisurely crossed the road and I was able to take a LOT of pictures ! Here's an example
23rd of June 2005 (Thu), 19:30
I am not an expert on the subject but the bears were out 2 of the 2 days we were there in August feeding on berries which had just started ripening. Since most of their diet is berries and other veggies, that's probably why they were out on the 13th & 14th. Once at 1 pm & at 8 am the next morning as we left Many Glaciers on the red "bus" for the Going to the Sun tour to the west side. Hope this helps in planning your next trip. We also want to go back in the near future...Harvey
24th of June 2005 (Fri), 20:06
Three years ago on my first trip to Glacier NP my brother and I arrived there about the middle of August. The huckleberry crop was heavy that year and the bears were really feasting. On the hillside (mountainside ?) above the Many Glacier visitor center and resturant the bears were constantly feeding from dawn 'till dark. There never was a time when no bear was in sight and often there were five or six. Keep in mind that this hillside is very large and a good binocular or spotting scope was necessary to really see the bears. On most days there were several spotting scopes set up in the parking lot that the owners would share.
The next time I was in Glacier the berry crop was sparse and bears were scarce and difficult to find.
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