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Alpine America: Glacier National Park

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A July 2004 trip to Glacier National Park by callen60

Two Medicine Lake Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana More Photos
Quote: Alpine lakes, mountain switchbacks, beautiful hikes. Our family spent four days here just touching the surface of this beautiful place.

Alpine America: Glacier National Park

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Ever wanted to go to Switzerland? Vacation high in the mountains, hiking among glaciers, mountain goats, and pristine mountain lakes? Glacier National Park may be the best place in the U.S. for such an experience. Once a remote part of northwestern Montana, the tireless efforts of naturalist George Grinnell and booster and Great Northern Railway owner James Hall made it the nation's 8th national park in 1910. But lest you think that commercial interests resulted in a mistake, this is absolutely beautiful country. Hill popularized the park (and his own railway and hotels) by encouraging Americans to see their own country first before the alps of Europe. That's pretty reasonable advice—this ...Read More

East Glacier Motel & Cabins

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Hotel | "East Glacier Motel & Cabins"

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We hadn't planned to stay here, but as early evening approached and we looked ahead to Great Falls, the penultimate stop on our Teton-to-Glacier road trip, we thought we might as well use those twilight hours to travel and give ourselves another full day at Glacier.East Glacier Motel had a room for us, so off we went. We pulled into town close to 10 pm, right near sunset. The whole setting of the town of East Glacier is a throwback to the 1940s, and this motel is no exception. A family-owned business, there's a small unit of six motel rooms, and 10 or so small, classic "motor lodge" cabins. Parking is on the slightly-graveled area under the trees. Our family of five had a two-bed unit with...Read More

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East Glacier Motel & Cabins
1107 Highway 49
Glacier National Park, Montana
(406) 226-5593

Meadow Lake Golf and Ski Resort

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Hotel | "MeadowLake Resort"

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This trip was originally supposed to be to Europe. When we changed gears in April and headed to the west, the area around Glacier was the most difficult place to find a reservation. We located MeadowLake through a travel agent (thank you Valerie at Montana Travel!), after finding ALL of the rooms inside the park booked for our stay (which was, of course, only 2 months away).MeadowLake is a golf resort on the outskirts of Columbia Falls, a small town on the west side of Glacier. It's about 20 minutes from West Glacier, and made a nice base for the the 3 nights we spent here. The resort itself is full of condos, many of which (like our three-day home) overlook the golf course. It...Read More

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Meadow Lake Golf and Ski Resort
100 Saint Andrews Drive
Columbia Falls, Montana 59912
(406) 892-8700

Avalanche Lake

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Avalanche Lake Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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We spent one night in Helena on the way north to Glacier, and the pleasant desk clerk/manager at the Wingate Inn was thrilled to hear we were headed there next. She'd grown up in Glacier, her Dad was the Superintendant for a while, and she said this hike was her favorite thing to do in the Park.With that recommendation, we built it into our plans. It's a popular hike, though, and there was a fair-sized crowd on the trail that day. The path to Avalanche Lake takes off from the short Trail of the Cedars, a well-marked interpretative loop that takes you on a level 3/4-mile jaunt through alpine forest. It's another 2 miles from the far end of Trail of the Cedars out to Avalanche Lake. The rout...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Avalanche Lake

Glacier National Park, Montana

Rocky Point

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Rocky Point Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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This was another place we had nearly to ourselves. It's only a short drive away from Apgar, one of the park's busiest locations at the south end of Lake McDonald. We were booked for a raft trip on the Flathead River at 2pm, and were looking for a good morning outing. A two-mile drive up to Fish Creek Campground put us at the trailhead for this mile-long hike. From start to finish, we passed no one on our path through the woods, and enjoyed a really pleasant, lightly hilly stroll under the trees to a rocky point (surprise, huh?) with a beautiful vie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Rocky Point
Camas Road
Glacier National Park, Montana 59936
(406) 888-7800

Two Medicine Lake

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Attraction | "Two Medicine Lake and Twin Falls"

Two Medicine Lake Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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If you're coming at Glacier from the east, apparently a less traveled route, Two Medicine is the first major park area as you leave East Glacier and head north. If you're tempted to head straight to St. Mary and Going-to-the-Sun Road, don't.The Two Medicine area has all the things that make Glacier so wonderful: mountain lakes, sculpted peaks, waterfalls, trails, campgrounds, and boat rides, too. If you're headed to the backcountry, you can also get there from here. In fact, it was a major destination before Going-to-the-Sun Highway; tourists arrived at West Glacier by train and were brought here by car, the first stop on a horseback tour across the park, housed at a series of interior cha...Read More

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Two Medicine Lake
Two Medicine Road
Glacier National Park, Montana
(406) 888-7800

Running Eagle Trail

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Attraction | "Two Medicine: Running Eagle Falls and Appistoki Falls"

Appistoki Falls Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Like most of Glacier's east side, Two Medicine is a valley that's reached by leaving the main road and driving upstream against the water flowing off the mountains. We discovered the trails to both Running Eagle Falls and Appistoki Falls by accident, just beyond the far edge of Lower Two Medicine Lake. They made nice bookends for our boat ride and hike at Two Medicine. The two trails are different, though: the first is a flat and easy stroll, while the second is a steeper, longer climb that finishes along the steep gorge into whi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Running Eagle Trail
Two Medicine Valley
Glacier National Park, Montana
(406) 888-7800

Wild River Adventures

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This was our big splurge in Glacier, a half-day whitewater trip with riverside dinner to follow. We booked it in April (complete with dinner selections), and met up at Wild River Adventures shortly before 2pm on a July afternoon for our trip.It's clear that one source of river guides is young, irrepressible males. The two leading our trip sat facing us atop the backs of the seats of the old school bus as we entered Flathead National Forest, headed for the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, despite the bus bouncing 3 feet high or more on the roughly roads. As we learned later, there was more than just testosterone to these guys, who were responsible for their own rafts, plus three kayakers ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Wild River Adventures
11900 Highway 2 East
Glacier National Park, Montana 59936
(406) 387-9453

Polebridge: the REAL Edge of Nowhere

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Glacier was the third stop on our tour of the northern Rockies national parks. Like a lot of folks, our itinerary included the big three of Glacier, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone. We found it surprisingly easy to get time away from crowds here, despite arriving in peak season (early July). Actually, the only places where we really found a lot of people were at Apgar (near the park's southern end), and when we popped in at the classic old in-park hotels to see what we were missing by staying elsewhere.Nonet...Read More