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Hiking in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has more than 700 miles of hiking trails and the Going-to-the-Sun Road serves as the trailhead for many.  There are trails for all abilities, from short strolls to more strenuous climbs and hikes of ten miles or more. (More – read rest of story).  Here are some favorites.

  • Trail of the Cedars: This beautiful nature trail is wheelchair accessible. Winding through old-growth forest, the northern portion of the loop is boardwalk with a paved southern portion.  0.7 mile
  • Avalanche Lake: One of the most popular day hikes in Glacier, the trail takes off from the Trail of the Cedars boardwalk and follows the west rim of the Avalanche Gorge where rushing water has cut numerous chutes and bowls in the rock.  4.6 miles round trip to the foot of the lake.
  • Hidden Lake Overlook: This nature trail begins at the Logan Pass Visitors Center.  The boardwalk protects the fragile alpine fields of wildflowers as the trail gains about 500 feet along the 1.5-mile route to the overlook. Some simply enjoy the view while others take the trail down to the lake. This is a rather steep 700 foot decline making the return climb rather strenuous. 1.5 miles to Overlook.  3.0 to Hidden Lake.

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Summer Fun Begins in Bigfork

More of our visitors come to Bigfork in the summer than in any other month. The weather is great and there’s always something to do. While everyone loves being outside and enjoying our long summer days, there are also some inside activities that will add enjoyment to a summer day. We’ve provided a list of some of our indoor and outdoor favorites.

Glacier National Park: Glacier is on everyone’s list. The Going-to-the-Sun Road provides 50-plus miles of spectacular scenery, alpine meadows full of colorful wildflowers, rushing streams, and wildlife large and small. At the Continental Divide, take time for the Visitor Center at Logan Pass. The road is the trailhead for almost 700 miles of groomed hiking trails for all abilities, and two of them are right at Logan.  Take a short walk along the Hidden Lake Nature Trail or access the Highline Trail for some really spectacular views of the park. If you’re not sure about driving this curving mountain road, hop on one of the shuttle buses.  For a more classic approach, take a tour in one of the famous Red Buses www.glacierparkinc.com  or cruise a Glacier lake in one of the classic wooden boats. Glacierparkboats.com. www.nps.gov/glac

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