Experience Glacier National Park’s pristine forests, rugged mountains, thundering waterfalls, and spectacular lakes with your family. Glacier contains hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Our guides will help your family explore some of these spectacular trails. We’ll travel to trailheads along the famous Going to the Sun Highway, stopping to take in the scenic vistas that make this national park an American icon. Spend the evenings around the campfire with your family, enjoying s’mores in the Lake McDonald Valley. Learn more about the history, wildlife, and ecosystems of the Northern Rockies and Glacier National Park with informative, kid-friendly Ranger talks at the Apgar Lake campground. Share the wonders of Glacier with the whole family!
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Day 1: Welcome to Glacier National Park! Set up camp and get to know your trip mates.
The trip officially starts in the afternoon at Apgar Campground in beautiful Glacier National Park. Set up camp and get to know your trip mates over a tasty dinner. In the evening, share expectations for the upcoming days while enjoying s'mores by the fire.
Day 2: Pass cascading waterfalls as you trek to Avalanche Lake.
After a hearty breakfast and great coffee, head to the Trail of Cedars and Avalanche Lake trailhead. Hike through a grove of 500-700 year old western cedars. After lunch, continue hiking to Avalanche Lake where you will be greeted by waterfalls cascading down the hillside. Arrive back at camp in the evening for dinner and camp games.
Day 3: Surround yourself with stunning vistas as you hike the Logan Pass area.
Spend the day at Logan Pass, the 6,646 foot backbone of Glacier National Park. As the crown of the continent, Glacier is home to the headwaters for streams that flow into the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and Hudson Bay. Whether it's the short but stunning walk to Hidden Lake or a trek along the Garden Wall, hiking opportunities and beautiful vistas abound!
Day 4: Enjoy breathtaking hikes on the east side of the park at St. Mary Lake.
Get an early start and head toward the open and expansive eastern part of Glacier National Park in St. Mary Valley. Hike to the St. Mary and Virginia waterfalls for a picnic lunch and then explore along the pebble shores of St. Mary Lake for exquisite views of the surrounding mountains. Watch for wildlife along your hikes - marmots, pikas, and bears all make their homes here.
Day 5: See the mountains from a new perspective on a boat tour of Lake McDonald.
Our final day of exploring may begin with a boat tour on Lake McDonald. See the mountains, glaciers, and forests from the vantage point of the water. Travel up the Going to the Sun road for a hike before returning to camp for a final dinner. Spend one last evening looking for shooting stars.
Day 6: Break down camp before saying farewell to your trip mates.
Enjoy a final breakfast and then break down camp. If time allows, participate in one last hike near Apgar Campground or stop by the Visitors Center to pick up a souvenir.
Dates & Fees
WI leads trips to Glacier National Park but currently has no dates scheduled for this itinerary. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.Request Trip Quote »
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: Glacier National Park offers a wide range of hiking route options from very easy to difficult. Come prepared for easy to moderately difficult day hikes, which will involve distances between 1 and 5 miles.
TYPE OF TRAVEL: Within the park, we’ll get around with a combination of trip participant vehicles, van shuttles, walking, and possibly a boat cruise. You will carry a small day pack with your lunch and other gear that you want access to during the day.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: No previous experience is needed to complete this family trip. You will be hiking in varied terrain and weather conditions.
WEATHER: Due to high elevations, temperatures in the summer months fluctuate from 35° F to 95° F. Temperatures often change quickly.
ACCOMMODATIONS: At night, you will sleep in 4-person tents with 2-3 other people (other arrangements can be made). Bathroom facilities at the campground have flush toilets and running water. Showers available for a small fee a short drive away and we’ll go there 2-3 times per trip.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 12 to 21 participants, plus 2 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can.
MEALS: The food we bring is plentiful, nutritious, and family friendly. You can expect hearty breakfasts served with fresh coffee, trail lunches, a variety of snacks, and delicious dinners with dessert. If you have special dietary restrictions, be sure to list them on your registration.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.Read more »