Glacier National Park is hidden in Montana’s Rocky Mountains and full of glacier-carved tops and forest filled valleys. They used to call it the Switzerland of America, as well as we can see why. Lots of Glacier especially reminded us of our time in Switzerland! After spending a week there, we recognized that you can invest a life time discovering this park, however since most of us don’t have a life time to spend in Glacier, right here’s a listing of points we believe you shouldn’t miss!
9 BEST DETAILS TO DO IN GLACIER NATIONAL FOREST
1. DRIVE THE GOING-TO-THE-SUN ROAD
This is one of the most iconic point to do and also why many individuals visit this park. It’s just open during the summer season, and also the season modifications year to year based on snowfall. They suggest enabling on your own 2 hrs to drive the full 50 miles of the roadway, as well as relying on the moment of year, it can take also much longer because of traffic congestion. Also, remember that the road obtains very slim at certain sections, so they have policies on the types of vehicle you can take. When we were driving the Ford F-150, we had to pull in the mirrors.
2. TAKE THE RED BUS SCENIC TOUR
A ride on the popular Red Buses is a terrific way to obtain an intro to the park. We’re generally not a significant fan of scenic tours and like to Do It Yourself, however these Red Buses are a long time practice and also have actually been the lengthiest constant running tour worldwide! They were initially driven by Blackfoot Indians, as well as just remaining in them makes you seem like you’re part of history.
Their well-informed motorists will direct you and provide you a lot more understanding on the park and also possibly share a few tales of American Indian folklore. There are a handful of excursions to select from, and also on clear days, the top will certainly be curtailed so you get plenty of viewpoint. We did the Westside Crown of the Continent tour.
3. GO ON A HIKE
Glacier National forest supplies hikes in all degrees. We’ll be composing a separate post on our advise hikes, however below are a couple of in the meantime.
Walk: Path of the Cedars Nature Route
Short/ Moderate Walk: Avalanche Lake (4.5 miles big salami, 730 ft altitude gain).
Strenuous Walking: Cracker Lake Walking (12.6 miles round trip, 1400 ft altitude gain). We likewise listened to Iceberg Lake was a terrific 10-mile walk from fellow RVers, and also the elevation gain was nice and also steady.
There are also countless trails in the backcountry.
PRO-TIP: Remember that lots of walkings close because of snow or bear activity so check with the Site visitor Facility for the most up-to-date info. Likewise, grab some bear spray before you head there. You can also rent out, yet if you wish to buy it, it’ll be much cheaper. Bear spray is a have to and also you most definitely require to have it helpful! You ought to additionally make a lot of noise and also clap, however since that can obtain pretty laborious, as well as we really wished we had these bear bells.
4. CAMP IN THE BACKCOUNTRY.
There’s no better means to appreciate the charm of the park then to camp in it! There are countless camping sites throughout the park as well as the rangers will certainly be the very best resource to learn which ones are available. When we arrived at Biscuit Lake, we fulfilled numerous people who had actually camped there the evening prior to as well as were so envious. They reached camp right beside a beautiful lake under a million celebrities. Next time, we will expand our hike and invest time available! (And also once again, do not fail to remember the bear spray).
5. KAYAK OR STAND UP PADDLEBOARD AT ONE OF THE LAKES
Lake McDonald is the largest lake and probably the best lake for water tasks. It’s especially attractive during sundown! We invested a mid-day kayaking and SUP around the lake and even got the opportunity to spot a pair hairless eagles. We obtained our kayaks and also stand-up paddleboards from the folks over at Glacier Outfitters that were incredibly pleasant and also valuable with suggestions on where in the lake to go.
6. SEE GOOSE ISLAND
Made renowned by The Beaming, Wild Goose Island is among one of the most photographed spots in Glacier National forest. There are multiple forgets along Going-to-the-Sun roadway where you can pull out and check it out on your own. Also, right in the future there, you can also see the mountains in the Glacier scene in Forrest Gump!
7. DAYBREAK AT 2 MEDICINE LAKE
We were staying over at West Glacier yet made the 3AM expedition out to 2 Medicine Lake for sunup and also it was well worth it! This was our favorite picture spot, and it was just so relaxed without one else around! Just take a look at the shades on the mountain and serenity of the clear water. PS: this is a bear often visiting area.
8. SIGHT As Well As PICTURE WILD ANIMALS
Throughout our time at Glacier, we found deer, marmots, mountain goats, big horned lamb, and a pair glimpses of bears. Just remember that these are WILD pets and also you ought to keep your distance as well as regard their room. This is extremely rare and hasn’t happened in over a years, but while we were in Glacier, there was a bear mauling right near our camping area. Constantly lug bear spray as well as use bear bells if you’re treking (acquire these online using these web links because it’s more affordable or you can rent out).
9. FLY FISHING
This is something we really did not obtain a possibility to do since we didn’t understand about it ahead of time, yet it’s something Jacob would have loved to do! The rivers are a popular area for fly fishing. You can select an overview or obtain your own license. If you get on the East side of the park in the Indian Reservation area, you need unique permits. Consult the Site Visitor Facility for all the policies and laws.