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Hiking Glacier National Park with Road Scholar

In September 2012, we spent six days hiking in Glacier National Park on a Road Scholar Tour. If hiking on the Danny On Trail, driving the Going to the Sun Road and exploring the trails around Many Glacier Trail interest you, be sure to follow this board as we add more pins. Accommodations included The Pines on Big Mountain in Whitefish and Many Glacier Hotel.


Hiking Glacier National Park with Road Scholar

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Many Glacier Hotel on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake was our Road Scholar headquarters for great hiking.

Many Glacier Lodge

Resort

This is absolutely true. Another pinner said: "Hiker's Heaven, Lake McDonald Summer Bliss, Glacier Park, Montana by moonjazz, via Flickr" #Montana

Lake McDonald

Lake

Glacier National Park
, Montana

Another beautiful photo of Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park... "hike in 2 miles along a charming creek which opens up to this breathtaking view." #Montana

Avalanche Lake

Lake

Glacier National Park
West Glacier , MT

A view of Wild Goose Island. We saw this when hiking Glacier National Park with Road Scholar. #Montana

ST. Mary Lake

Lake

Hope to do this next time on a visit to Glacier National Park: Peace and tranquility at Lower Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Two Medicine Lake

Lake

  • Steff Kukas
    Steff Kukas

    This was my first hike in glacier and it was fantastic!

  • Donna Hull
    Donna Hull

    It must have been a wonderful hike, Steff. Do you have a favorite Glacier NP hike?

  • Steff Kukas
    Steff Kukas

    Well they're were all amazing as I'm sure you can imagine. I really did enjoy the swift current lake/lake Josephine hike. Grinnel glacier was closed off when I went but it would have been a nice addition. I didn't do any hikes in the lake bowman region but a visit to that lake is also a must. It is the most stunning sight you can imagine. Brought tears to my eyes!

  • Donna Hull
    Donna Hull

    I've been to Polebridge, but haven't made it down that bumpy road to Bowman Lake. It's on my list!

  • Steff Kukas
    Steff Kukas

    Loved Polebridge, those huckleberry bear claws are to die for! My dad and I travelled those 6mi at dusk. Heading back to Lake McDonald was very suspenseful! Feels better to make the drive in daylight! Did you see any bears on Camas rd? We saw 1, but were told we would see more!

One of many waterfalls along Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. We drove this road when hiking Glacier National Park with Road Scholar. Lovely photo from Hiking With Barry.

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Road

Going-to-the-Sun Rd
West Glacier , MT

Sure wish we had seen a big horn sheep during our hiking Glacier National Park experience. Look what Hiking With Barry saw. Amazing!

  • Robert Gay
    Robert Gay

    I was lucky, I saw three or four of these guys when I drove through the Badlands in South Dakota

  • My Itchy Travel Feet
    My Itchy Travel Feet

    That is lucky, Robert!

Isn't Iceberg Lake beautiful? It wasn't on our itinerary on the Hiking Glacier Park with Road Scholar program. I'm going back to hike this one for sure. Iceberg Lake | glacierMT.com

Iceberg Lake

Lake

While hiking Glacier National Park, we stopped to take photos at Red Rock Lake, which was on the trail to Bullhead Lake. Look how clear the water is.

While hiking Glacier National park, we followed Trail of the Cedars until the turn off to Avalanche Lake Trail. If you're looking for a hike that's more of a relaxing walk, give Trail of the Cedars a try.

Glacier National Park - West Entrance

National Park

Going-To-The-Sun Rd
Glacier National Park , MT

  • Donna Hull
    Donna Hull

    You are right, Cherie, Glacier NP is gorgeous!

  • Bob Kirk
    Bob Kirk

    Did you get over on the Canadian Side ?

  • Donna Hull
    Donna Hull

    Not on this trip. Hopefully next time. Staying at the Prince of Wales Lodge in Waterton National Park (the Canadian side of Glacier NP).

  • Bob Kirk
    Bob Kirk

    I posted a picture of that hotel on My board Places I have been to. Enjoy your hiking

  • Donna Hull
    Donna Hull

    Thanks, Bob!

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Mist on Avalanche Lake gives this photo a dreamy look. We didn't see any mist on the lake while hiking Glacier National Park, but the wind sent shivers down our spines as it swooped down the glaciated mountainside.

The old growth forest is dense and beautiful on the Avalanche Lake Trail. I really enjoyed this hike in Glacier National Park.

Avalanche Lake

Lake

Glacier National Park
West Glacier , MT

We didn't visit Chief Mountain on our Glacier National Park hiking tour. Maybe next time because one hiking trip to Glacier National Park is never enough!

  • Lauren Selleck
    Lauren Selleck

    I'm north of you, in the Swan Valley

  • Steff Kukas
    Steff Kukas

    Ya me too! Like I said^^ I'm wanting to take a summer trip to glacier, but I'm going to be on an extremely tight budget, so I need all the help I can get! Accommodation and hikes and etc.

  • Lauren Selleck
    Lauren Selleck

    Have you considered doing some overnight backpacking trips across Glacier? There's a fabulous trail that starts up at Logan Pass (across the highway from the parking lot). You can follow it all the way to Bowman Lake. It's roughly a 3-4 day hike (depending how fast you walk). Also, an overnight trip into the Belly River is a Must!

  • Steff Kukas
    Steff Kukas

    I do want to do some overnight back packing. I've never done it before though so that scares me a little! But that's exactly the kind of stuff I want to throw in my trip.

  • My Itchy Travel Feet
    My Itchy Travel Feet

    Swan Valley is on our "to explore" list, Lauren.

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I didn't see St Mary Falls while hiking Glacier National Park wit Road Scholar. Hmm, guess that means I need to go back. Works for me!

Splitrock "St. Marys Lake"

Lake

  • Michele McAlister
    Michele McAlister

    This is a fairly easy hike. We do it just about every June. It's a great hike to do before Going to the Sun Road is open. Continue on the same trail to see the magnificent Virginia Falls. I'm very overweight so If I can do these hikes anyone can!

  • Donna Hull
    Donna Hull

    Thanks for the tip, Michele. Have added this hike to our to do list.

We met a mother moose on the hike to Bullhead Lake in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park. Since her child was with her, we kept our distance thanks to the advice from our Road Scholar guide.

Many Glacier Lodge

Resort

Read our articles about hiking in Glacier National Park With Road Scholar. And there's more to come.

Glacier National Park

National Park

(406) 888-7800

Learning geology on the trail with Road Scholar in Glacier National Park.

Avalanche Lake

Lake

Glacier National Park
West Glacier , MT

This mountain goat in Glacier National Park was shivering. Find out why: myitchytravelfeet... #Montana Road Scholar

Glacier National Park

National Park

(406) 888-7800

Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. #Montana

Many Glacier Hotel

Hotel

Glacier National Park
Babb , MT

There's a view everywhere you look on the hike to Hidden Lake Overlook in Glacier National Park.

Hidden Lake

Lake

  • Barbara Wesoloski
    Barbara Wesoloski

    Beyond our dreams and imagination Good luck new year work health and family love each day with its sectets anf treasures

  • Carol S
    Carol S

    My favorite National Park in the United States followed by Yellowstone National Park. When we hiked to the top to see Hidden Lake we saw several mountain goats just about 10 feet from us grazing. Such an awesome sight.

  • My Itchy Travel Feet
    My Itchy Travel Feet

    Yes, Carol S, we saw those same mountain goats. Took lots of fun photos and they didn't seem to mind :-).

  • Maurie McTavish
    Maurie McTavish

    This is also our favorite National Park, bar none!! the scenery is fabulous!!!

  • My Itchy Travel Feet
    My Itchy Travel Feet

    We agree, Maurie.

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We saw a moose on the trail to Bullhead Lake while hiking with Road Scholar at Glacier National Park.

Many Glacier Hotel

Hotel

Glacier National Park
Babb , MT

On today's Road Scholar hike, we stopped for lunch at Grinnell Lake. Man oh man, what a view! #Montana

Grinnell Glacier

Trail

Hiking to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park with Road Scholar

Avalanche Lake

Lake

Glacier National Park
West Glacier , MT

  • GolfGurls - Golf Tips for Women
    GolfGurls - Golf Tips for Women

    Been there. Fascinating watching the mountain goats manage those tiny peaks! Great spot.

  • Donna Hull
    Donna Hull

    We agree, golfgurls. And Avalanche Lake trail is good for beginner hikers or those who are moderately fit.

  • margaret faraone
    margaret faraone

    Truly one of the most beautiful places on earth!!

Hiking the Danny On Trail in Whitefish, Montana with Road Scholar.

Big Mountain, The

1400 PO Box
Whitefish , MT

Our Road Scholar adventure begins. Tomorrow, we'll be hiking Big Mountain in Whitefish, MT. #boomer #travel

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Ski Area

3889 Big Mountain Rd
Whitefish , MT

(877) 754-3474