Glacier National Park Hike and Explore – Youth
High Alpine Hiking and Beauty in Montana's Glacier National Park
Experience Glacier National Park’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise. We’ll travel the length of the famous Going to the Sun Highway, stopping along the way to explore the hiking trails and scenic vistas that define this National Park. Spend your evenings around the fire surrounded by the Lake McDonald Valley in Apgar Campground, or go to one of the many Ranger talks that occur every evening at the Apgar Amphitheater to learn more about the history, wildlife and ecosystems!
Day 1: After your arrival via train from St. Paul, the trip officially starts at Apgar Campground in beautiful Glacier National Park. Set up camp, get to know your trip mates, and enjoy tasty meals. In the evening, learn about adventures to come while enjoying s'mores are the fire.
Day 2: After a hearty breakfast, 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 and be greeted by waterfalls cascading down the hillside. Arrive back to camp in the evening for dinner and camp games. Don't forget to look for shooting stars!
Day 3: Spend the day at Logan Pass, the 6,646 foot backbone of Glacier National Park. Whether it's the short but stunning walk to Hidden Lake or a trek along the Garden Wall, hiking opportunities and beautiful vistas abound! Watch for wildlife along your hikes - marmots, pikas, and bears all make their homes here.
Day 4: 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. Come back to our campsite for a delicious dinner and camp games.
Day 5: After breakfast take the Going to the Sun road for one last hike. Return to Apgar Village to visit the visitor center. Enjoy a final dinner and spend one last evening laughing around the campfire.
Day 6: Enjoy a final breakfast and then break down camp and begin the journey home!
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 van shuttles and walking. 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 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 3-4 other people (other arrangements can be made). Bathroom facilities at the campground have flush toilets and running water.
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.A note about the itinerary: Our trips are real adventures in the outdoors. While we'll make every effort to follow the itinerary listed here, elements may change due to weather or reasons beyond our control.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is your cancellation/refund policy?
Your 10% deposit is non-refundable. If you choose to cancel your trip:
For trips in the continental United States:
• 6 weeks prior to start date — we will refund fees paid minus deposit.
• Less than 6 weeks — we will refund 50% of the total trip fee, or 100% of fees paid can be transferred to a future trip.
• Less than 1 week— no refunds will be issued.
For trips outside the continental United States:
• 12 weeks prior to start date— we will refund fees paid minus deposit.
• Less than 12 weeks — we will refund 50% of the total trip fee, or 100% of fees paid can be transferred to a future trip.
• Less than 2 weeks — no refunds will be issued.
In the rare event that WI cancels a trip, or we are unable to serve you, all fees are immediately refunded, including the deposit. Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for personal expenses such as airline tickets. To protect your investment in your travel plans we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Information on travel insurance is included in your trip confirmation packet. If after registering you wish to switch trips, you may do so subject to availability. Fees may apply.
Under certain circumstances, such as death of a family member, change in health status, loss of employment, etc., we may make exceptions to our refund policies. Please let us know immediately if your plans change!
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