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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. As one of America’s least-visited national parks, Glacier is perfect for those hoping to enjoy an awe-inspiring expanse of nature without the crowds. Straddling the Continental Divide and endowed with some of North America’s most 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’ll 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 more than 70 million 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 $3,198 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Whitefish

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’ll 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 glacier 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’ll 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.

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Day 1

Arrival in Whitefish

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’ll 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 glacier 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’ll 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.

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Dates & Prices

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2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jul 16 - Jul 21 $3,398 $798
Jul 23 - Jul 28 $3,398 $798
Aug 6 - Aug 11 $3,398 $798
Aug 20 - Aug 25 $3,398 $798
Sep 3 - Sep 8 $3,398 $798

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
Jul 1 - Sep 15$4,148$3,398$798

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
Carolyn Beecher

Carolyn Beecher is in her element in Glacier National Park, where she has been guiding for over 20 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 the 1980s. She’ll tune your ears to the song of the canyon wren, and open your eyes to the big skies of the West—sharing the intricacies of nature’s tapestry is her passion.

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.

Karen Dion
Karen Dion

Karen Dion hails from Lakeside, Montana, on the shores of the great Flathead Lake. Having spent much of her life hiking through the pristine landscapes of her big backyard—Glacier National Park—she loves sharing her intimate knowledge of the region’s history, flora, and geology. Her joyful demeanor and contagious smile make her the ideal traveling companion and guests will love chatting with her about her other passions as well: working as a health and wellness coach, skiing, spending time with her family, and exploring the world.

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

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-Dess
Peggy Dees

Peggy Dees has been hiking and backpacking in Glacier National Park since 1996 and is an experienced and enthusiastic naturalist. Peggy is also an active volunteer at Yellowstone National Park and in the off season she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family and teaching music in Seattle.

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