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Glacier National Park


Glacier National Park, described as the "Crown of the Continent," covers over a million acres. The park contains stunning mountain peaks and peaceful valleys, powerful waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, and dozens of glaciers. Glacier National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, and wolverines.

Numerous recreational activities are available in the park, especially in the spring, summer, and fall. Enjoy hiking the park's endless trails to areas where you can view wilderness as far a the eye can see. Or, take a road trip along Going-to-the-Sun Road, considered one of America's most scenic drives. And don't forget fishing: Glacier National Park is considered one of the best fly-fishing areas in the country.

Note that winter recreation in Glacier National Park is very limited. Some winter activities--such as ice climbing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are
allowed--but many are not. For example, snowmobiling is prohibited throughout the park.
Trails for All Skill Levels

Hiking

Glacier National Park has over 700 miles of hiking trails. Hikes vary from short out-and-back hikes to extended multi-day backpacking hikes. Interpretive trails are also found in the park.

Avalanche Lake (via Trail of the Cedars) is a very popular out-and-back trail near Lake MacDonald. Rated as moderate. You'll be treated to beautiful views of clear running streams, and inland rain forests, and a stunning mountain lake. Note that, in the summer months, the trail may be closed due to grizzly activity.


A much more difficult hike is Siyeh Pass Trail. It's a 9.7 mile round-trip day hike. Rated as difficult (strenuous). Elevation gain is 2,090 feet. The trail winds through Preston Park, which is actually a series of increasingly larger and larger meadows. You'll also enjoy views of Mataphi Peak and Piegan Mountain.

Interpretive trails include Swiftcurrent Nature Trail, Running Eagle Falls, Trail of the Cedars, Forest and Fire Trail, and Hidden Lake Trail.

In the early summer, trails at lower elevations are free of snow; at higher elevations, it may take until late July for snow to disappear.

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Lake and Stream Fishing

Fishing

While Glacier National Park is not considered a fishing mecca, it does offer excellent fishing opportunities in stunning mountain settings. The park has over 1,600 miles of streams and hundreds of pristine alpine lakes. You'll find over 20 species of fish, including six types of trout.

Lakes in Glacier National Park vary in accessibility and the quality of fishing available. For example, Hidden Lake is a moderately difficult hike and a good place to catch Yellowstone cutthroat trout. On the other hand, McDonald Lake is easily accessible, but generally offers poor fishing options. In general, make sure you do your research before simply hiking off to spot on a map.

Streams in the park provide some excellent opportunities for fly fishing, especially for various types of trout, including Westslope cutthroat trout and rainbow trout.

There are fishing regulations to follow in Glacier National Park, no fishing license is required. (A Montana fishing license is required for fishing the rivers that make up the park's southern border and western border.) Regulations primarily relate to catch-and-release rules, equipment and bait, and rules for specific lakes.

Reviews

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Great hike. Moderate difficulty, good for all hikers. Parked at trailhead. Staying left on trail of the cedars takes you past avalanche creek just before the avalanche lake trailhead. The other side of the TOTC has bathrooms with running water. The lake was nice despite being overcast and we had lunch here. We enjoyed walking along the lakeside rather than the trail after reaching lake. Everyone in our party enjoyed, would recommend.
Avalanche Lake. Avalanche lake via Trail of the Cedars. Parker Duncan, Trip Advisor
Wow. What a view. We hiked around 230pm to 8pm and could not even believe what we saw. So much variety and so easy on the eyes. The peak is amazing. Worth every ounce of effort.
Siyeh Pass Trail. Connor Stapleton, All Trails
This was a great hike. I recommend going early to get a parking space at Logan’s Pass. There was some snow along the route, but not so much that it was dangerous. The lake is beautiful. The overlook was as far as I could go due to the rest of the hike being closed due to bear activity in the area. There are lots of steps involved with this hike, but it was not difficult otherwise.
Great hike. Estie H, Trip Advisor