Hiking Montana: Glacier National Park Explorer

West Glacier, MT, USA

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Karina Safari
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Aug 3 - 7, 2022
Group size: 10 - 12
Hiking Montana: Glacier National Park Explorer
West Glacier, MT, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
34 reviews

Aug 3 - 7, 2022
Group size: 10 - 12

About this trip

Join our Team of Fellow Hikers & Travelers on a Labor day weekend adventure to Glacier National Park., Montana. 

Explore the most beautiful hiking trails in 4 days: stunning mountain scenery, alpine meadows, emerald-blue lakes, icebergs and wildlife up close.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to visit one of the most iconic parks in US without  crowds this year on the last days of the summer hiking season.

Upclass lodging:  we will stay 3 nights in alpine cabins ,just a few minutes drive from the park entrance. Facilities: heating, made up queen beds, private shower and hot water, private kitchen, bbq area.  Restaurants just a mile drive from the lodge. 


Total distance hiked:  30+ Miles

Highest elevation point:  7200 feet

Level of difficulty: Moderate with several strenuous sections 

NOT a backpacking trip

Good for Kids:  10+


*Photogallery: Copyright National Park Service (nps.gov)

Weather

Hikers should always be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions while hiking in Glacier National Park. Temperatures in the mountains typically fluctuate as weather patterns change, especially at the higher elevations. Be prepared for rain , shine and wind.

In Aug-early Sep, average daytime temperatures can exceed 70 degrees; however, overnight lows throughout the park can drop to near 40 degrees, and snow can fall anytime. 

What to bring/ Packing list

Gear items:

- Duffel bag or a backpack for your main luggage 

- A small backpack 25-30L for day-hikes (to put water reservoir, an extra layer, a hiking snack,  sun block,  personal first aid kit). 

- Head lamp (it is good to have light when your hands are free always keep it in your backpack on a hiking trail)

- Trekking poles – a must have for steep downhill trails  (collapsable are better. Note: Hiking poles are not allowed in carry on luggage)

- Water bottle or camelback reservoir (1.5-2L)

- Small garbage bags for hiking trails (for your personal trash/leftovers)

- Sunblock (UV 50+) & lip balm

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Mosquito repellent (just in case) 

- Your personal first aid kit (your personal medicines you can’t do without). The guides will have essentials.

- Sunglasses 

- Face covering (needed on a flight and indoor public places, visitor centers etc)

- Ear plugs, if you are a sensitive sleeper

 

Hiking /Camping Outfit:

- Good sturdy high-ankled hiking boots, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please don’t bring brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip, to avoid painful blisters while on a trip

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for off-trail activities)

- Some kind of slippers or flip flops – if you like wearing in the cottage

- Light hiking pants  (shorts or yoga pants are not recommended – to prevent sunburns, possible poison oak) 

- Optional: thin thermo under pants or leggings if you get cold easily 

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt (protection from sun, insects)

- A change of long/short-sleeved t-shirts as a base layer for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- A change of long hiking socks (not cotton. merino wool is the best) 

- Comfortable outfit for sleeping in a cottage (PJ)

- Fleece jacket or light sweater

- A windbreaker, better if waterproof  fabric

- A think down-jacket for chilly evenings and mornings

- Sunhat

- A lightweight quick-dry personal towel (if you planning on swimming in the mountain lakes) & swimsuit (optional)


What’s included

  • Lodging (Comfort)
    6ppl sharing cabins w/private bathroom & hot water
  • Ground transportation
    2 comfortable mIni-vans (7 seaters)
  • Park admissions
  • Assistance
    Drivers & Team leaders
  • Park fees & admissions
  • Meals
    3 Breakfasts, 4 trail snacks
  • All booking arrangements
  • Air fare
  • Meals
    4 or 5 dinners (depending on your departure date)

Itinerary

Day 1: Sep 4 (Fri)
Arrival. Glacier National Park: Hiking to Grinnell Glacier

Team arrival to the airport of Kalispel (MT)l in the morning.

Our guide on a private mini-van will be waiting for us to take us to Glacier National Park (35 mi, ~ 40 min), to the trailhead of the Grinnell Glacier trail. This spectacular trail visits the famous 300-acre glacier that sits just below the Continental Divide.

On the way to the lodge we will stop at several viewpoints to capture the beautiful landscapes in the sunset colors. 

Night in the lodge inside or near the park.

Total miles roundtrip: 7.6 Miles

Total Elevation Gain: 1840 Feet

Highest Elevation: 6515 Feet

Difficulty:  Moderate

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
34 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

Thank you very much Karina and Alex for fantastic views, great company and delicious food!
By Victoria M for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 14 Oct, 2021
It's my second trip with Karina. As the previous time everything was well organized: accommodations, transportation, permits, passes, dining.. All we have to care about - is to have fun! What I like the most about trips with Karina is a balance between challenging and interesting hikes - if you have to push yourself to get somewhere - be sure you'll be rewarded. Several trip highlights: - One of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Rocky Mountain NP - Sunrise hike with spectacular views over the park. Each picture taken there worth National Geographics cover - Variety of restaurants reserved ahead of time - And of course people!
By Valerii T for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 12 Oct, 2021
The trip was awesome! Thank you so much Karina and Katya for making my dream of exploring Yellowstone NP come true. Unforgettable memories, beautiful pictures, wonderful company - everything was superb. I will travel with you again and would recommend you to anyone.
By Olesia M for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton (Moderate Hiking/ Hotels stay) on 28 Sep, 2021
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This was another amaizing trip with Katya and Karina. Comfortable hotels and transportation. Breathtaking hikes and views. Met good people and made new friends. Looking forward to Hawaii trip in October 30th.
By Olga K for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton (Moderate Hiking/ Hotels stay) on 28 Sep, 2021
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I had a great time! Thank you for everything, Karina and Sasha!
By Natalie H for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 26 Jul, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
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I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019