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Help for hike planning for 4 adults

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Help for hike planning for 4 adults

Hello everyone and thank you in advance for your excellent advice !

We are a 55 yr old couple who will be meeting up with our 28 yr old children for a week in the GNP area. Staying in a home at Columbia Falls. We plan a day in the Red Bus exploring the GTSR and a day whitewater rafting and maybe a day with a guide fishing. Otherwise, we would like some advice on some must see fairly simple adventures. We (Mom and Dad) are not avid hikers but in decent shape. We really want to see more of the Park than just driving. We are a little worried that our lack of experience may hinder our desire to see and do more.

So..any frank help on some hikes that we could take on together would be great. Then we will let the young folk do some more adventurous things on their own. They have been spending the summer touring the West and the parks in their restored Airstream and have been doing a lot of hiking and biking.

We have tried to study the hikes but read so many mixed experiences and don't want to get in over our head.

We also plan a long day traveling to Waterton and plan to see the lodges but return each night to our rental home.

Thank you again for your help in making this a trip to remember (in a good way !!)

Whitefish, Montana
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1. Re: Help for hike planning for 4 adults

Well I'm a decade older and a slow hiker so I'll give this a try.

Simple and short Avalanche Lake Trail. This year parking is a nightmare so you might want to think about the shuttle from Apgar Transit.


For the other short hikes on the west side wildflower season is over.

Hidden Lake Overlook Trail by the time you get here all the snow will be gone.

Scenery plus mountain goats and possible BigHorn Rams, there were 4 BigHorn Rams in the Oberlin Parking area this morning.


St Mary Falls ~ don't go if the weather is bad!!!

Red Rock Falls in Many Glacier on the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail.

For your kids Grinnell Glacier Trail, Highline Trail, Siyeh Bend to Sunrift Gorge.


montana slow hiker

Mahtomedi, Minnesota
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2. Re: Help for hike planning for 4 adults

Sean has good advice. Do not worry about hiking in Glacier. If you are in shape it will be no problem.

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