May 31, 2010 at 11:24 am #1259635
I'm headed to Glacier National Park with the family and am looking for a 1 night quickie.
Perhaps an 8-10 mile in and out or loop of some sort. 4-5 in; camp. Haul out next morning to be gathered by the wife.
It'll be just me so some company would be great too.
I've never been hiking in that part of the country so I have no idea where to start. Something near fishable water would be a plus though not necessary. I use a hammock, so trees at the camp site are a must.May 31, 2010 at 12:26 pm #1615451
Gary DunckelBPL Member
What side of the park are you interested in, the east, or the west? It takes a few hours to drive through the park, so the trip would be based upon where your family will be while you are hiking. For example, if they will be in Kalispell while you hike, you won't want her to have to drive all the way to the east side of GNP to pick you up. But keep in mind that they have a wonderful shuttle bus service that can take some of the nightmare out of intra-park transportation.Jun 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm #1615759
I'm also headed to Glacier in the next few days and would love some company. I'm game for anything, though I'll probably end up spending more than one night out. I'd love some company, though. I have some ideas for routes, and I'm sure we could put something together looking at the map for a few minutes. I'm also interested in fishing, so we could do a little of that, too. Let me know what dates you're looking at and maybe we can work something out.Jun 1, 2010 at 5:58 pm #1615857
@davecLocale: The West Slope
Probably lots of snow still in the park right now.
As for doing an overnighter close to the road later in summer, you'll have to take what sites are available. Word on the street in the park's centenury brought backcountry reservations out of the woodwork. The park's backcountry desk website has a chart of sites that are reserved in the next few nights that is updated daily.
If you could do more like a 20 mile loop, going out to Fifty Mountain on the Highline Trail and back the low route would be my recommendation. Fifty is an excellent, excellent camp site.Jun 2, 2010 at 8:06 pm #1616238
@figsterLocale: Central Arkansas
Gunsight Lake ~ Florence Falls from the Going to the Sun Road.
Spectacular.Jun 19, 2010 at 11:30 am #1621501
I'll be in GNP from July 3-10. I'm not sure which day I'll be hiking yet. Get back to me.Jun 19, 2010 at 11:31 am #1621503
I'll be on the west side if the park. Fam is staying in West Glacier. Thanks for the tip.Jun 19, 2010 at 11:32 am #1621504
Thanks!Jun 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm #1621608
Tom KirchnerBPL Member
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
An enthusiastic, nostalgic +1. Gunsight Lake was my first backpacking trip ever. It is beautiful.Jun 21, 2010 at 9:20 am #1621898
Sam HaraldsonBPL Member
@sharaldsLocale: Gallatin Range
Gunsight Lake is very pretty although the trailhead (Jackson Glacier Overlook) is a bit of a ways from West Glacier where you'll be starting out of.
If you're into starting off someplace closer consider hiking to the campsites at either Arrow Lake or Camas Lake. The trail starts out with a pretty big climb up and over Howe Ridge but you are rewarded with great scenery.
Keep in mind whatever trip you choose that the snow line in Glacier at this time of year is probably around 7,000 to 7,500 feet.Jun 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm #1622026
@davecLocale: The West Slope
A week ago the last mile of the trail from The Loop up to Granite Park chalet was solidly snowed in. Walkable without snowshoes, but there was a good 8' or more in the dense trees.Jun 23, 2010 at 11:41 pm #1622921
Thanks for the snow warning. I'm a south-easterner and snow this time of year is non-existent. Thanks. Will definitely plan to stay below 7,000.Jun 24, 2010 at 12:48 am #1622930
What kinds of overnight lows might I be looking at during the first week of July at gunsight pass? I'm wondering what night time gear I might need as far as quilts and jackets are concerned.
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