For our summer 2011 Yellowstone-Glacier trip, we will have 5 nights/4 days to spend in Glacier which will be split up as:
4 nights Many Glacier or St Mary
1 night near Great Falls airport
During our 4 days in Glacier, we want to do:
-GTTSR + Hidden Lake + see Lake MacDonald
I really want to spend all 4 nights on the east side because it gives us maximum flexibility for the hikes if the weather is bad on one or two days.
So the question is are we short changing the west side? I notice that many people suggest one night on the west side, which we could do if we left from Kalispell instead of Great Falls, but the flight times are more pleasant from Great Falls (9am versus 7am).