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Explore Glacier National Park, Montana

Next Trip: July 2019

Trip Rating: You Rock! Maximum Daily mileage: 7-12
Terrain: Mountainous hikes with rocks, roots, and steep areas
Elevation gains: Up to 1,000 feet. We’ll be at altitudes higher than 7,000 feet

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Savor spectacular scenery on the Grinnell Glacier trail!

Discover:

* Stunning Hikes

* Glacier-studded mountain peaks

* Wildlife galore

* Dips in glacial lakes

* Vibrant wildflowers

* Towering waterfalls

* Warm camaraderie

* Lifelong memories

* Your own adventurous spirit

Spot mountain goats teetering on mountainsides.

Make new friends with other fun outdoor women.

Make memories!

* See the park’s glaciers before they disappear in the next decade.

* Stand atop towering mountain peaks and under cascading waterfalls.

* Throw snowballs on the Continental Divide.

* Polar bear plunge into an iceberg-filled lake.

* Enjoy a wildlife extravaganza! Spot mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mule deer, marmots, pika ~ and moose if we’re lucky. Look for grizzlies on mountainsides at dusk. No wonder Backpacker magazine’s hikers voted Glacier one of the top 4 national parks for wildlife.

* Opt to raft the Middle Fork of the Flathead River … kayak across glacial lakes … fly fish with a Native American guide ... horseback ride through the mountains.

Sit back and savor this view from your deck.

Our Itinerary

Saturday

We’ll meet you at Glacier International Airport near Kalispell within designated time frames. Then enjoy spectacular mountain vistas as we drive the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. The trip treats us to breathtaking views of mountain peaks, Bird Woman Falls, the Weeping Wall, the Garden Wall, Goose Island, and other stunning scenery. Along the way, we’ll stop at Logan Pass on the Continental Divide, where we’ll look for mountain goats and bighorn sheep. We’ll also stretch our legs with a scenic afternoon hike. We’ll be spending the next 4 nights at Swiftcurrent Motor Lodge in the prime hiking area of Many Glacier. Dinner: Ptarmigan Dining Room.

Sunday

Hike 5 or 10 miles on the Iceberg Lake trail, which boasts outstanding vistas and mountainscapes. The trail skirts the western flank of 8,770-foot Mount Henkel and gently climbs through patches of aspen, lodge pole pines, and meadows filled with alpine wildflowers. After lunch along Ptarmigan Falls, those who want can head back to the lodge for some free time. Those wanting a longer hike will continue on through colorful wildflowers and prime habitat for grizzlies, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. Our destination is dramatic Iceberg Lake, ringed by 3.000-foot cliffs. (Filled with icebergs, this lake begs for a polar-bear plunge.) Dinner: Italian Gardens Ristorante.

Trek through bear grass and wildflowers...

?and along pretty St. Mary?s Lake.

Hike to Fishercap Lake in the early morning
to look for moose.

Explore some of our country“s most dramatic scenery.

Monday

Take a short early-morning jaunt to look for moose at Fishercap Lake. We’ll then hike 8 miles on the fabulous Grinnell Glacier trail, climbing switchbacks on the southern flank ofMt. Grinnell. Enjoy alpine meadows of bear grass and wildflowers, Grinnell Lake’s turquoise waters, and the tumbling waterfall that feeds it. (You have the option to add an extra 2 miles of hiking.) Dinner: Two Sisters.

Tuesday

Feel exhilarated.

Paddle Lake McDonald.

Raft the rapids of the Flathead River.

Enjoy a free day! Rent a kayak and paddle sparkling Swiftcurrent Lake … read on the deck overlooking the lake … hike a new trail ... horseback ride through the mountains. You can also learn the graceful art of fly fishing on the Blackfeet reservation with Joe Kipp, a member of that tribe, a storyteller, and a 4th generation fishing guide. Dinner: TBD

Wednesday

Admire the stunning turquoise waters of St. Mary’s Lake as we hike 5 miles through sun-dappled forests to Baring Falls, St. Mary’s Falls, and Virginia Falls. After our hike, we’ll drive to our lodging at the Village Inn in Apgar via Going-To-The-Sun Road, giving you another chance to savor its amazing scenery. Dinner: West Glacier Restaurant.

Thursday

Enjoy a free morning to breakfast at Eddie’s in Apgar, read on your deck overlooking Lake McDonald, kayak the lake, shop in West Glacier, and lunch on your own. In the afternoon, opt for great whitewater rafting with experienced guides on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. The Middle Fork is designated a Wild and Scenic River and is gentle enough for kids. After a fun, casual dinner, watch the sun set over Lake McDonald … and then linger to watch for shooting stars. Dinner: Backwoods Bistro.

Friday

Our last hike together is 4.7-mile beauty. Visit Trail of the Cedars, the easternmost rain forest in the U.S. with 500-year-old cedars measuring 10-15 feet in diameter. Peer down into Avalanche Gorge, where swirling turquoise waters sculpt argillite, moss-covered canyons. Then set off to Avalanche Lake, rimmed on three sides by steep cliffs and waterfalls tumbling from Sperry Glacier. Dinner: Belton Grill.


Saturday

We’ll shuttle you to Glacier International Airport for your trip home, filled with great memories.

Discover the magic of Glacier!

The trip cost includes:

• 7 nights, double-occupancy, in Glacier National Park lodges
• Guided hikes by experienced leaders
• Shuttles to and from Glacier International Airport within designated time frames
• Transportation throughout the week
• Park entrance fees and permits
• Photo CD of the trip
•Nature-based discussions that foster friendships and self-discovery
• Nature-based discussions that foster friendships and self-discovery
• Info booklet packed with hiking and trip tips, plus fun facts about the park, its history, weather, & wildlife

The whole trip brings a smile to my face and a laugh out loud… ~ "Rowdy"

I knew this trip would be great … I didn’t know it would be spectacular! These hiking trips are like big hugs from God. ~ "Hawk"

These trips give me something to excitedly and proudly discuss with friends and acquaintances … and encourage me to keep fit between trips. ~ "Running Water"

I have been on a quest to find a "life’s purpose" since my husband passed away. Because of this trip, I found it. ~ "Cabin Girl"

How important trips like this are … they rejuvenate you and make you feel empowered! ~ "Sassy"

This was a great "time-out-from-life" destination/adventure. To disconnect from the world for a while brought out the "real me." And I got to hike with 11 other women experiencing similar transformations. I felt closer to my new friends, to myself, and to God. Like the quote says, "Immerse yourself in nature. The world will wait." That’s how I felt — immersed in nature and enriched by it. ~ "Wings"

Thanks for all of your work that made things run efficiently — and for the options. Women could challenge themselves at their own level and feel good at the end of the day. ~ "Cardinal"

What a great trip once again! I really appreciate your knowledge and great leadership. Thanks for sharing your love of nature with others. ~ "Shutterbug"

"Glacier was more beautiful than I ever expected. Exciting to see wildlife … for real! Could it have gotten any more thrilling - walking over and through waterfalls, up rocks, and on the edge of mountains. Wow!" ~Tracker

"You did an awesome job picking the hikes; they were perfect in their challenge, length and beauty! Plus, I formed beautiful friendships with a group of awesome women." Tilly Blossom

"I enjoyed everything about the trip - the women, the discussions, the trails, the mountains, the lakes, the lodging. Wow! A 10!" ~Apple Annie

"Most of my friends and family were surprised that I could (or would want to) do this. I found (and they saw) a different side of me. It was like seeing through different eyes beautiful things I normally miss. We can really do anything…" ~Skeeter