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Montana Glacier National Park Hiking Tour

Majestic Rocky Mountains & Scenic Lodges


Glacier National Park offers some of the most dramatic mountain scenery on Earth. Chiseled valleys are blanketed with wildflowers while bottomless lakes mirror soaring peaks. Rolling grasslands stretch to the horizon and a wealth of wildlife, including bighorn sheep and black bears, call these mountains home. Explore some of the parks' most scenic trails, hike through ancient cedar and hemlock trees to the base of glaciers, travel the stunning Going-to-the-Sun Road, and enjoy a quintessential Montana lodge and a historical property located perfectly located for Glacier National Park exploration.

6 Days

From: $4,995

Glacier National Park offers some of the most dramatic mountain scenery on Earth. Chiseled valleys are blanketed with wildflowers while bottomless lakes mirror soaring peaks. Rolling grasslands stretch to the horizon and a wealth of wildlife, including bighorn sheep and black bears, call these mountains home. Explore some of the parks' most scenic trails, hike through ancient cedar and hemlock trees to the base of glaciers, travel the stunning Going-to-the-Sun Road, and enjoy a quintessential Montana lodge and a historical property located perfectly located for Glacier National Park exploration.

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Highlights


  • Delight in the magnificent scenery of Glacier National Park on this hiking focused trip
  • Challenge your legs and lungs on the iconic Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake trails
  • Learn from knowledgeable naturalist guides as they bring the Rocky Mountains' impressive natural history to life

Montana Glacier National Park Hiking Adventure

Start: Whitefish, Montana   End: Kalispell, Montana

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Explore West Glacier

    Day 1

    Welcome to Whitefish, Montana! Your guide will pick you up this morning from your pre-trip hotel. Following an orientation meeting, you will embark on a hike along the first tourist trail ever constructed in Glacier National Park! Marvel at the towering trees, some over 500 years old, thriving in the unique climate of the Lake McDonald Valley. The trail unfolds with breathtaking sights, including the lower Avalanche Gorge. Upon reaching Avalanche Lake at the base of Bearhat Mountain, you will continue along the shore with glimpses of distant waterfalls originating from Sperry Glacier. Conclude the day with dinner at a local favorite restaurant in Whitefish.

    Accommodation: Grouse Mountain Lodge

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6 miles hiking with 575 ft elevation gain

    Transportation: Two 45-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Experience Going-to-the-Sun Road & Follow Alpine Trails

    Day 2

    Check out of the lodge and start your travel east via Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the most celebrated roads in the US. An engineering masterpiece, the road took 35 years to complete. Marvel at the spine-tingling scenery as you reach Logan Pass (6,646'), atop the Continental Divide. Break at Logan Pass for a pretty alpine hike to Hidden Lake Overlook or along Highline Trail (depending on the group's ability). Explore the east side of Glacier National Park before checking into your lodging for the next three evenings.

    Accommodation: Glacier Park Lodge
    Accommodation: Many Glacier Hotel

    Activity: 2-3 hours/3-5-miles hiking with 200'-400' elevation gain

    Transportation: 3-4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Grinnell Glacier

    Day 3

    Spend the day immersed in the beauty of iconic Many Glacier Valley, often referred to as the "Switzerland of North America." Soak in the alpine scenery as you start your trek to Grinnell Glacier, one of the most spectacular hikes in the park. You will be rewarded with views of glacial lakes and crystalline cascading waterfalls with stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks. At the trail's end, enjoy the view of massive Grinnell Glacier and the milky turquoise Grinnell Lake, which is formed from the glacier's melt, along with two smaller glaciers above Grinnell: Salamander and Gem.

    Accommodation: Glacier Park Lodge
    Accommodation: Many Glacier Hotel

    Activity: 7-8 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,600' elevation gain

    Transportation: Two 60-minute private van transfers

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Scenic Hike to Iceberg Lake

    Day 4

    Embark on a hike to breathtaking Iceberg Lake, following one of the best trails in the Many Glacier area. Ascend along the lower slopes of Mt. Henkel (8,770'), and delight in views of Mt. Grinnell (8,851') and Mt. Wilbur (9,321'). Continue to the head of the valley and trace the base of the Ptarmigan Wall. From the ridge, the trail heads south and opens to a beautiful view of turquoise Iceberg Lake, nestled in a perfect cirque with peaks rising up over 3,000 feet around it. After returning to your hotel, you will have free time to enjoy the view at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Glacier Park Lodge
    Accommodation: Many Glacier Hotel

    Activity: 6-7 hours/9.3 miles hiking with 1,450' elevation gain

    Transportation: Two 60- minute private van transfers

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Two Medicine Valley

    Day 5

    After breakfast, set out for a day's exploration of Two Medicine Valley, which is located along the southeastern edge of the park and shared with the neighboring Blackfeet Nation. Learn why this area is considered sacred by the Blackfeet as you hike along the shore of Two Medicine Lake and past the iconic Mt. Sinopah. Travel to Whitefish, check in to Grouse Mountain Lodge for the evening and gather with your guide and fellow adventurers for a farewell dinner.

    Accommodation: Grouse Mountain Lodge

    Activity: 4-5 hours/7.7 miles hiking with 350' elevation gain

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Lion Mountain Trail & Depart

    Day 6

    This morning you decide! Sleep in and enjoy Grouse Mountain Lodge and a leisurely breakfast or join your guide for a short van ride and one last hike on Lion Mountain Trail that includes a scenic overlook with views of the Flathead Valley and Whitefish Lake. Return to the lodge and end your adventure with a transfer to Glacier Park International Airport.

    Activity: Optional 2 hour/2.5 miles hiking

    Transportation: 40-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been exploring US National Parks for more than 50 years, placing a strong emphasis on responsible travel practices that support local communities and protect the natural environment.

  • In six epic and well-paced days on the trail, you'll experience the best of this mountain paradise including hanging valleys, alpine tundra, jagged peaks, and permanent snowfields.

  • Follow top-notch guides as they share their passion and in-depth knowledge of this remote and expansive alpine region. We also partner with the Glacier Institute team for an enhanced interpretive experience.

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
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Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.


Looking for a private family adventure?


This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 14.

Private Trip Pricing: 2024


4 guests from $7,995 per person double occupancy

5 guests from $6,799 per person double occupancy

6 guests from $5,999 per person double occupancy

7 guests from $5,395 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Alisa L.

Alisa L.

Growing up in Montana and New Mexico instilled an early love of the outdoors in Alisa. Following her childhood dreams, she spent nine adventurous summers working in and exploring magnificent Glacier National Park. Her winters were dedicated to skiing in Big Sky, Montana, and in between she explored other outdoor adventures around the country. While rafting the Grand Canyon in 2016, she realized she wanted to become a guide and has since led river and hiking trips in 14 national parks. She lives the life she loves and loves the life she lives, as the saying goes!

James M.

James M.

Born in Glens Falls, James grew up spending time in nearby Adirondack State Park. He came to outdoor adventure as a second career after 10 years in retail, starting off guiding white water rafting trips and branching out to lead hiking, kayaking, SUP and mountain biking adventures. Eventually he moved into management, spending 15 years running a white water rafting company in upstate New York. He is passionate about travel and outdoor adventure and exploring different cultures, having adventured throughout the US and lived, hiked, mountain biked, and rafted abroad.

Robin P.

Robin P.

Robin is a 20 year Sierra Club Outings leader veteran who has lead children and adults on a wide variety of hiking, kayaking and camping trips in the Southeast. She is an avid whitewater rafter and has run rivers in Alaska, The Southwest and in Chile. Robin has been venturing to Alaska for the past 30 years after falling in love with the majesty of the environment. She is an avid traveler and explorer of the natural world.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. Moderate to challenging hiking on some high-altitude mountain terrain up to 7,280 feet for 4-8 hours, 5-11 miles per day. There is a mix of undulating terrain with some steep, rocky sections and a 1,600-feet maximum elevation gain.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 1

5-6 hours/6 miles hiking with 575 ft elevation gain

Day 2

2-3 hours/3-5-miles hiking with 200'-400' elevation gain

Day 3

7-8 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,600' elevation gain

Day 4

6-7 hours/9.3 miles hiking with 1,450' elevation gain

Day 5

4-5 hours/7.7 miles hiking with 350' elevation gain

Day 6

Optional 2 hour/2.5 miles hiking

Accommodations


Modern and historic three-star lodges with comfortable accommodations in five-star alpine settings.

Glacier Park Lodge
Glacier Park Lodge

The historic Glacier Park Lodge, located in the southeast corner of Glacier National Park, was built by the Great Northern Railway. The expansive lobby features towering Douglas fir logs, a large stone fireplace, and plenty of relaxed seating. The accommodations are modest and authentic providing a true National Park Lodge experience. While there is no television or air conditioning at the property, complimentary Wi-Fi is available. The hotel features several on-property dining options including the Great Northern Dining Room which serves up classic entrees and robust dinner salads.

Many Glacier Hotel
Many Glacier Hotel

Many Glacier Hotel is situated on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake inside Glacier National Park. The historic hotel was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1914-15 and features a spectacular lakeside setting. All guest rooms at Many Glacier Hotel are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping with the era in which the hotel was built, the rooms offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations. There are no televisions or air conditioning. The hotel also offers several on-property dining options including the lakeside Ptarmigan Dining Room.

Grouse Mountain Lodge
Grouse Mountain Lodge

Just eight miles from Whitefish Mountain Resort and one mile from downtown Whitefish, Grouse Mountain Lodge is a comfortable base camp. The hotel features comfortable rooms and suites. The hotel also offers a shuttle to downtown, pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, 24-hour gym, complimentary WiFI, and the on-property Logan's Bar and Grill which serves up Montana casual cuisine.

Weather


Expect sunny days in July, August, and September with high daily temperatures from the 60-80°Fs. Always be prepared for rain showers.

 
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Know Before You Book


Accommodation
The national park accommodations on this trip provide great access to the top activities in the area. However, they are simpler compared to what we usually consider comfortable lodging - the rooms being more basic. Some buildings date back to the early 1900s and have been minimally renovated to follow park regulations. Overall, the service might feel slower and meal quality and selection much more limited compared to other MT Sobek trips. Keep in mind that internet and cell phone service are very limited throughout the parks.

FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?
Please plan to arrive the day prior to Day 1 of the itinerary in Whitefish, MT (airport is FCA). MT Sobek guides will pick you up on Day 1 at either of our recommended pre-trip hotels.
How close can I get to wild animals in the National Parks?

You should stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards away from other large mammals.

What kind of physical shape do I need to be in for this trip?

Regular exercise before any outdoors trip will add to your enjoyment, but this trip is geared towards anyone in good health and an active lifestyle.

What wildlife do you typically see?

We often see mountain goats, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bears, deer, elk, wolves and coyotes. Each new season brings a wide variety of mammal and birds species and on any given day.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.

Guest Reviews


"A prominent reason we have chosen MT Sobek as our favorite adventure travel company has been the excellent travel guides."

Carol & Burt D.
MT Sobek Guests

"I've taken six MT Sobek trips and they have all exceeded my expectations. The staff, the food, the logistics and the communications have always been exceptional. Thank you for being my "go to" adventure travel company!"

Margaret I.
MT Sobek Guest