|Glacier National Park is well worth a week long+
trek in the wilderness.
This was the first long distance trip in Montana. It was a great time--we had sunshine,
snow and then blazing heat.
It was a grueling trip (long distances each day of 10 to 15 miles) due to the strict regulations within Glacier.
We wanted to hike the full length of Glacier from Canada to the Two Medicine Campground.
The trip on a whole was a success, but completing the trip to Two Medicine proved
to a bigger challenge than I expected.
We started by hooking up with a friend that lives near Missoula. We
up into Canada and caught the
they have on Waterton Lake. I would suggest this because it is a hoot, you get a little bit of history
and also you are saving allot of energy for the tough days ahead.
After the boat ride we had a one nights stay at the
Goat Haunt Campground, it had running water a bear pole and a great
with chairs and a huge fireplace. We timed it perfectly, the crew
on the boat had there summer party that night at the Goat Haunt info center,
we met some neat people and enjoyed a beer or two with them.
The views are great once you get out of the trees through the Waterton
Valley. Hiking was relatively easy to start but as the
continued it got a bit steeper on up to our campsite at 50 Mountain
Campground, the beautiful scenery is everywhere and the wide open "Big Sky Country"
was living up to it's name.
The next day we found the trail on the ridge and headed south to stay in the
Granite Park Campground
, the grizzly warnings were out in force (this being the same place that someone had
been attacked by a grizzly years earlier. The
Granite Park Chalet
is awesome, the chalet is beautiful and rustic and the people
who man it are like your own private trail guides. I would go here and stay if
I make it back to Glacier. We also got caught in a snowstorm
and it was August
We then were headed up
to Many Glacier Campground. We had
there, you just put your food in a 5 gal. bucket w/ a lid and
take it to the ranger station for safe keeping, on our way up to Waterton
Fishing-- We fished out behind the Goat Haunt ranger station in the creek,
we landed a few and a few huge ones were smart and fiesty and managed to flip
off the hook. I fished a few other places along the way but I did not try to
hard and thus did not have much luck.
Do it again? yes, in a heart beat