Labor Day Hiking in Glacier NP, MT

West Glacier, MT, USA

KS
Karina Safari
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Sep 4 - 7, 2020
Group size: 10 - 12
Labor Day Hiking in Glacier NP, MT
West Glacier, MT, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
29 reviews

Sep 4 - 7, 2020
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
29 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

GL
It was my second hiking adventure organized by Karina (the first one was to Patagonia). Everything was awesome: hikes, guides, lodging, transportation, schedule. I'm sure I would not be able to pack as many activities in 1 week if I planned the trip myself. Above all, Karina assembled an amazing group of people who made the time extremely enjoyable. I'm sure I'll be back for another trip.
By Grigory L for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 19 Jul, 2021
AK
I've heard of Karina's adventure traveling company from many of my friends who had a fantastic experience! I wanted to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. The trip was planned and organized very well, and as one of my friends said after reading Karina's bio " you will be fine, your guide looks legit " . ;) We have seen great nature, challenged ourselves daily, and at the end of the day ate great local food in a company of new friends. This trip combined it all for me! It's very important to have a professional leading the pack and Karina is indeed that. She is also very much of a peoples' person and makes you feel at home. I valued her input and enjoyed our many talks on this trip. We also had a second leader on the tour with whom she cooperated, Alex Mironyuk , who is an experienced adventurer, fantastic photographer and last but not least, a very fun guy. Kudos to Karina's leadership for putting together a great group and making all of us feel safe and welcome. I look forward to going on more trips with her!
By Alona K for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 17 Jul, 2021
We had a great time. Wonderful people. Thank you for a fantastic experience!
By Yulia V for Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging) on 22 Jun, 2021
It was a great trip -again!!! Wonderful trails, people, accommodations and everything was will organized and thoughtful. Highly recommend! Thank you Katya and Karina!
By Natasha K for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip on 09 Jun, 2021
This was truly amazing experience! I was a part of a small group of 8 experienced hikers, and Katya have taken us to the beautiful trails that were not crowded but with fantastic views and terrains. The sleeping accommodations were comfortable and we had the most delicious food and wine experiences! I highly recommend this company to anyone who loves hiking in nature! Thank you!
By Natasha K for Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP on 04 May, 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
GL
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