Lets Go Hiking in Glacier National Park
Fall Colors on the trail along St Mary's Lake
Now is a great time to hit the trail (any trail) in Glacier. But remember, hikers are not the only ones that use the trail system. Trails are sometimes posted or closed for frequent wildlife activity. At this time of year you can encounter snow at the higher elevation which can make travel very difficult and although all of our trails were cleared of downed trees in the summer, winds can lay more down.
There are some tips we should consider before we start.
The temperature can change quite suddenly. You must be prepared for very
high temps in to the low 90s in the summer, but, if storm clouds blow in,
it can become extremely chilly, and very windy. The wind through these
canyons, and across the many lakes, has been known to take the temperature
down below freezing at night. In 1992 we had an August snowfall. A
foot of snow fell in the N.E. part of the park. So be prepared for
temperature changes. Be sure you are dressed in layers and always carry a
Another thing to be cautious about, is the bear travel. This is their
domain, and they don't want to come into contact with you, any more than you
want a bad episode with them. It's far more exciting to view them from a
distance. Be sure to read the Park literature on bears before hiking.
As dangerous as they can be, there are very few bear attacks. Only about
one in a million.
If you should surprise a bear, DO NOT RUN ! Walk slowly away, and
do not make eye contact. Watch him from the corner of your eye and, try to
look unthreatening. Be sure you have Bear spray "pepper spray" in case he is
agitated, and attacks. If you are attacked, fall on your stomach and
assume the fetal position. Put your hands up to cover the back of your neck.
Do not get up until you are sure the bear has gone away.
Be sure NEVER to leave any garbage or food out, where the bears can smell
it. Even burning or burying waste will attract bears.
Five self-guided walks, interpret trailside features with brochures and signs are:
The Trail of the Cedars, Huckleberry Mountain, Hidden Lake, Sun Point, and Swiftcurrent Nature Trails.
These trails encourage hikers to experience Glacier National Park at their own pace.
The Trail of the Cedars is wheelchair accessible.
Trail of the Cedar Hiking Trail
Good day hikes in Glacier National Park are plentiful. Visitor center staff will be happy to assist you with your choice of hiking in Glacier Park and provide free maps of popular trails in park. Here are four of the more popular hiking areas: Lake McDonald, Many Glacier, St. Mary, Logan Pass and Two Medicine.
Logan Pass Visitors Center
Click on the Area Links to the left to read about hikes.
All trail lengths are in miles going one way unless otherwise noted.
Lets go hiking in Glacier National Park, written by Verna Parks.