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Guided Walking : North America

Montana: Glacier National Park

Moderate to Challenging Terrain: 4-11 Miles Daily

Montana: Glacier National Park

Step into a world of imposing, snow-graced peaks, massive glaciers, whispering cedar forests, and icy waterfalls tumbling into broad green valleys. Here, deer and elk forage along aquamarine tarns and bighorn sheep climb rocky cliffs. The smooth stone chutes of plunging gorges, wind-twisted trees high on mountainsides, and glittering lakes reward hikers in this remote wilderness. Perched on the “Crown of the Continent”—the meeting point of headwaters for the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Hudson Bay—it’s perfect for those hoping to enjoy a pristine ecosystem in the heart of North America. Endowed with some glorious alpine scenery, it’s the perfect place to spot mountain goats, moose, eagles, and even mighty grizzly bears foraging through secluded valleys. With your expert guides, you explore iconic regions like Grinnell Glacier, Avalanche Gorge, Garden Wall, and Iceberg Lake. Enjoy meals showcasing fresh-caught trout, farm-to-table produce, and local game. Come fill your senses with the timeless splendor of two billion years of geological creation.


Tour Highlights:
  • Raft down the Flathead River along the southern boundary of Glacier National Park, and stop to swim, skip stones, and eat lunch at a bend called the Devil’s Elbow.
  • With your naturalist guides, trace the geological history of the park from ancient seabeds to crashing tectonic plates and glaciers.
  • Walk flower-studded hillsides beneath Mt. Wilbur, surrounded by creamy white tufts of beargrass, the magenta spikes of fireweed, balsamroot, monkeyflowers, and much more.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $3,598 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Whitefish

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Begin your adventure in Glacier National Park with a walk to the glacial meltwaters of Avalanche Lake. Passing the smooth chutes of Avalanche Gorge, you ascend along a moss-rimmed pathway through red cedar groves on your way to your destination, enjoying views of the surrounding mountains.

Accommodation: Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park

Built in 1914, this national-park lodge is situated in a cedar grove on the shores of beautiful Lake McDonald.

Day 2

Highline Trail to Haystack Butte

Depart aboard one of the park’s classic Red Buses, ascending the well-known Going-to-the-Sun Road past the park’s majestic high peaks, before beginning a hike on the famous “Garden Wall” section of the Highline Trail. Stroll among wind-sculpted stands of fir and spruce trees and cascading waterfalls on your way to a promontory called Haystack Butte.

Accommodation: Many Glacier Lodge, Glacier National Park

The largest of the national-park lodges in Glacier, this historic lodge was built in the Swiss tradition and opened in 1915. Located on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake, this lodge affords some of the best wildlife viewing in the park.

Day 3

Iceberg Lake

Set out for the aquamarine tarn known as Iceberg Lake, traversing slopes covered in wildflowers. On your way, delight in views of Swiftcurrent Glacier, Grinnell Point, and towering Mt. Wilbur. Stop by Ptarmigan Falls before heading onward to the glacial cirque that’s your destination. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Many Glacier Lodge, Glacier National Park

The largest of the national-park lodges in Glacier, this historic lodge was built in the Swiss tradition and opened in 1915. Located on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake, this lodge affords some of the best wildlife viewing in the park.

Day 4

Grinnell Lake Overlook

Begin your day with a scenic boat ride across Swiftcurrent and Josephine lakes on your way to Grinnell Valley. Here, you walk through a forest of sub-alpine firs and traverse ledges of red and green argillite on our way to Grinnell Lake Overlook. From here, you have the option of continuing on to Grinnell Glacier, one of the largest glaciers remaining in the park.

Accommodation: Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park

A National Park lodge, first opened to the public in 1913, with a massive, welcoming lobby and reputation as “The Big Tree” hotel.

Day 5

Scenic Point Trail

Explore Two Medicine Valley on a trail that ascends 2,200 feet past Appistoki Falls to the spectacular summit of Scenic Point, where you enjoy views of peaks, passes, and deep blue lakes along the Continental Divide as well as the vast blanket of the Great Plains to the east. This evening, enjoy a lively farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park

A National Park lodge, first opened to the public in 1913, with a massive, welcoming lobby and reputation as “The Big Tree” hotel.

Day 6

Flathead River Float Trip

Your final day offers a relaxing river-raft float trip on the Flathead River which travels along the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. Enjoy lunch at a bend known as the Devil’s Elbow before heading back to Whitefish to depart.

Dates & Prices

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2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jul 15 - Jul 20 $3,598 $848
Jul 22 - Jul 27 $3,598 $848
Aug 5 - Aug 10 $3,598 $848
Sep 9 - Sep 14 $3,598 $848
*Savings applicable to new bookings only. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Carolyn Beecher CW Walking Tour Guide
Carolyn Beecher

Carolyn Beecher is in her element in Glacier National Park, where she has been guiding for over 25 years. Her love of nature is contagious as she offers fun facts about flora, wildlife, geology, and cultural history. She makes her home in the foothills of Montana’s Mission Mountains, where she has lived and worked since 1980. Also a big fan of Utah’s canyon country, she has been backpacking and exploring the red rocks and slot canyons since the1980s. She’ll tune your ears to the song of the canyon wren, and open your eyes to the big skies of the West.

Jennifer Buls
Jennifer Buls

Jennifer Buls hails from Great Falls, Montana, and has worked as a rafting and hiking guide since 2002. Gifted in plant identification, Jennifer studied Forest Resource management. When not guiding, one can find her working in a local gear shop or out on the slopes snowboarding.

Hannah Callahan, Glacier Guide
Hannah Callahan

Born in Alaska and raised in Minnesota, Hannah Callahan’s love for the outdoors resulted in traveling the United States in search of adventure, eventually settling in Montana where she is a professional rafting and hiking guide in the summer and ski and snowboard instructor in the winter.

Emily Downing
Emily Downing

Originally from Colorado, Emily Downing fell in love with the remote feel of Glacier National Park and feels fortunate to work in such an amazing place. With a degree in wilderness studies from the University of Montana, Emily loves sharing her knowledge of flora and fauna, and her enthusiasm for the outdoors is contagious.

Corrie Holloway

Corrie Holloway grew up in New Hampshire but headed west for college and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Parks and Recreation/Outdoor Leadership. This degree has served her well guiding in Glacier National Park since 1997. When not skiing or guiding, Corrie enjoys sharing her love of Glacier with her two young children.

Peggy Dees

For over 20 years, Peggy Dees has been hiking and backpacking in Glacier National Park and guiding since 1999. She is an experienced and enthusiastic naturalist who is happiest out on the trail with guests. She can also be found volunteering in Yellowstone National Park and in the off season, exploring the perpetual green wonderland of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges in the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her family and labradoodles.

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