December 21, 2021
The Ultimate Guide to Visit Glacier National Park
By An Trieu
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA
Montana's Rocky Mountain. Established as a National Park in 1910
Glacier-carved mountains, alpine meadows, deep forests, waterfalls, glaciers and pristine lakes.
Completed in 1932
50 mile, paved two-lane highway
Spans from east to west of the park
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Weather in the park varies and can be extreme. Always bring extra layers even in the summer.
Peak season is from May to September. Arrive early (7-8 am) or have plan B if the park is crowded.
Learn about wildlife safety. Always stay alert. Don't hike alone. Don't leave food out. Bring bear spray.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Peak season is from May to September, but August is the best month to visit due to weather and general park conditions.
BEST AREAS FOR FOOD, GEAR RENTAL & LODGING
Apgar Village and Campground near West Glacier entrance and Lake McDonald and Lake McDonald Lodge.
BEST TRAILS FOR BEGINNERS
Avalanche Lake (5.9 mi) - Kid & family friendly trail Hidden Lake Overlook (2.9) - trail is mostly on boardwalk
BEST TRAIL FOR INTERMEDIATE HIKERS
Highline Trail: Logan Pass to Grinnell Glacier Overlook (15 mi)
Hikers have options to hike to the Chalet or Glacier Overlook or can turn back anytime.
Long and strenuous, but doable for slightly experienced hikers.
High chance of spotting wildlife if hiked early. Watch out for bears.