Glacier – Montana


Date of Visit: July 8-10, 2013

How we got there: Drove from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho during our Seattle to Chicago road trip. Just over four hours.

Lodging: Rising Sun Cabins and Swiftcurrent Motor Inn


  • Ranger-led hike to Iceberg Lake – 10 mile out and back hike with 1,200 feet of elevation gain. We joined a ranger who provided interpretation details along the way.
  • Going to the Sun Road – 50-mile scenic drive that traverses the park from east to west crossing over Logan Pass. Considered one of the best scenic drives in the country.
  • Hidden Lake hike – 3-mile out and back with 460 feet of elevation gain. Leads to beautiful viewpoint over hidden lake and Bearhat Mountain.
  • Boat ride/hike to Grinnell Lake – Boat crossings of Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes leads to a 1.1 mile trail that leads to the shore of Grinnell Lake with views of owering mountains and glaciers all around.

Tips: Even in the middle of summer, some trails are still off-limits because of snow cover. Going to the Sun Road is usually not fully open until late June or early July.

Next time: Hike the High Line Trail along the Garden Wall. Visit the remote Goat Hunt area of the park near the Canadian border.