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7 night, 6 day trip

Just wanted some tips for a Aug 28-Sept 4, 2014 trip. We have booked Aug 30-sept 3 at Many Glacier already. We are booked for two night at Village Lodge Cabins, cabin 6 on aug 28 and29. Our last night we will possibly stayin East. I'm interested in North Fork and Waterton and we can add 1 or2 nights if needed. We are avid hikers. We like quiet. Views are more important than amenities. We do like kayaking, breweries, and exploring towns and will need some rest from hiking. We are also looking at the Granite and Sperry Chalet as well. Any recommendations on our resevervations or where else we should stay? What are the must see and must do's? Thank you! Is it possible to drive to North Fork from West Glacier to eat and explore the park?

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1. Re: 7 night, 6 day trip

A day trip to the North Fork is easily done from West Glacier. Stop at the Mercantile for baked goods and possibly Northern Lights for dinner. Bowman Lake is a beautiful destination, Kintla farther up the road (on my list for this year). You are wise to stay in the Many Glacier area, best hiking and scenery. A day trip to Two Medicine and/or Waterton can be done from this area also. Although I think you may find enough to occupy you in Many Glacier if you like to hike. www.nps.gov/glac and look at the trail guide. Big Fork and Whitefish are nice towns to visit from the west. Have heard great things about the chalets but have only hiked in for the day, never stayed the night.

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2. Re: 7 night, 6 day trip

Bowman is a great kyaking laske, especially on a full moon night!. There are cabins and a hostile in Polebridge and camping at bowman lake. Brewery in Both Lakseide and Whitefish and a new distilery in Coram (just outside the west glacier entrance)

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3. Re: 7 night, 6 day trip

Glacier is a hiker's paradise. Everytime we go, we spend all our time hiking.

Whitefish has great beer at Great Northern Brewing Company. They do not serve dinner, but there are plenty of very good restaurants in Whitefish.

We stay at Swiftcurrent, but then hang out at Many Glacier hotel at night. We stayed overnight at Sperry years ago. Rooms are bare basic - very old mattresses and very thin walls. Bathrooms (toilets only - no showers) are in a separate building. Stay includes dinner and breakfast and I think even brown bag lunch for your hike down. Unfortunately, it rained our entire hike up, overnight and the entire hike down - so wasn't a great experience for us. The hike itself is not spectacular, but if your goal is to stay in a historic chalet, then I guess it's worth it. We hiked to Granite 2 years ago but did not stay overnight. My understanding is it's very bare bones and you have to bring your own food.

Your biggest problem will be choosing which hikes since there are so many spectacular ones. Best hiking is on the east side of the park and off the Going to the Sun Road. Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Glacier, Swiftcurrent Pass, Ptarmigan Tunnell, Cracker Lake, Highline Trail, Hidden Lake overlook, Virginia Falls, Dawson Pass, Scenic Point.

hikinginglacier.com/glacier-top-ten-hikes.htm

Keep in mind when you plan your itinerary that trails can close at any time due to bear activity, so you have to be flexible and always have a back-up plan each day. The ranger led hike to Grinnell Glacier is the most popular and includes a boat ride across 2 lakes. The boat ride is through Glacier Park Boat company and you have to purchase tickets a day or two in advance to make sure you have a seat. The hikes to Hidden Lake Overlook and Highline Trail both start at Logan Pass visitor's center and parking can be an issue if you don't arrive by 9:30 am.

if you have concerns about hiking in bear country, then you might want to consider the ranger led hikes.

…nps.gov/glac/…ranger-led-activities.htm

However, keep in mind they can move very slowly depending on who's in the group. We've started out on the ranger led hikes then hooked up with 2-3 other people and moved on if the large group was too slow. IF you don't do the ranger led hikes, be sure to carry bear spray which can be purchased anywhere in the park or at some supermarkets outside the park.

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4. Re: 7 night, 6 day trip

Hi!

Your plans sounds well researched and the Grinnell and Sperry Chalets we know book very early on. If you end up needed some more options for lodging and activities in the West Glacier area, Great Northern Resort and Great Northern Raft are great options. With convenience of 30 miles to Whitefish and 1 Mile to the entrance of the park we offer incredible Chalets up off of the HWY that are quiet and comfortable. There are also some incredible Scenic and Whitewater Raft trips that may be a fun and adventurous way for you to take a rest from those hikes!

Also the Whiskey Barn in Coram is just about 4 miles from us and they offer tours of the Glacier Distillery Company as well as have an incredible tasting room.

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