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
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 »
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do we meet?
Standard Meeting Places and Times
Start: Apgar Campground Visitor Center at 3:30 PM (local time)
End: Apgar Campground Visitor Center at 12:00 PM (local time)
This trip begins at 3:30 PM at Apgar Campground visitor center in Glacier National Park. The trip ends at 12:00 PM in the same location. To get to the campground, you can take your own transportation or use WI’s van transportation from Kalispell. If meeting us in Kalispell, you will be picked up at the Hampton Inn at 2:00 PM on the first day of the trip. People who take the return shuttle on the last day of the trip will arrive at the Hampton Inn in Kalispell around 1:30 PM. Detailed meeting place instructions will be sent to you when you are confirmed for the trip. Booking a Flight? We recommend flying in to the Kalispell City Airport before noon on the day of your trip, and flying out no earlier than 4:00 PM on the last day of the trip.
What is the minimum age for kids on your family trips?
There is no minimum age requirement to participate on a WI family trip. We require participants to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times when on water for safety. The smallest PFD we provide for children requires a minimum weight of 30 pounds. A family with a child smaller than this weight limit would need to provide their own PFD or would be unable to participate on the trip. For family paddling trips, children should be able to sit comfortably in a canoe or kayak for 1+ hour at a time. This should guide whether or not a child would be a good fit on any particular trip.
Is there a discount on family trips?
Yes. All youth participants under the age of 18 pay 50% less than the adult rate on all family trips. Click here to see a list of our available family trips.
Would my teenager enjoy a family trip with WI?
There are typically both teens and younger children on our family trips. We often offer a variety of activities so that participants of all ages have an enjoyable trip!
I have a child with a disability. Would a family trip be appropriate for them?
Yes. All of our trips strive to integrate persons with and without disabilities, including children on our family trips. Call us at 612-676-9400 if you have questions. Otherwise, you can register for a family trip and we'll call you when we receive your information.
Will age-appropriate activities be offered for children on a family trip?
Yes. Your trip leaders will offer age-appropriate activities for children at different points throughout the trip. Our staff love kids and are great at making sure your whole family has a great time.