Glacier National Park Journals

Glacier National Park

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A June 2001 trip to Glacier National Park by MarkR37

Glacier Camp Ground Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana More Photos
Quote: Glacier National Park has some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen in my life. If you like mountains and wild life this is the place for you.

Glacier National Park

Overview

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Going to the Sun Road was a special highway with lots of places to stop and take pictures or hike with friends. We also thought that Many Glaciers, on the east side of the park, was incredible with a huge lake, lots of wildlife and unbelievable mountains that completly surround the area.Quick Tips: Timing is everything. We went in mid June and there were no crowds but it was chilly and rainy for much of our visit. If you go in July or August there will be lots of people and the campgrounds fill up before noon on most days. My advice is to go in June and hope for good weather. Crowds make the park difficult to enjoy.Best Way To Get Around: You need to drive to get to the park and then...Read More

Glacier Camp Ground

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Hotel | "Many Glacier Camp Ground"

Glacier Camp Ground Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Staying at Many Glacier was almost by accident and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip. This area has some of the most strikingly beautiful scenery I have ever seen. The entire valley is surrounded by steep jagged cliffs. There are many opportunities to hike and fish in the area some of which came a little too close for comfort. On my first night at the park I decided to go for a walk on Swift Current Trail to take some photos. While taking in the beautiful sunset on the lake I heard a crashing noise to my left and 50 yards away 3 moose came lumbering out of the Forrest. They started walking my way along the lake and saw me taking pictures and bolted into the woods. While I was walking...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

Glacier Camp Ground
East entrance of Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Montana

Apgar Campground

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Hotel

Apgar Campground Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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On the west side of Glacier National Park there is the Apgar Campground which is situated on at the end of Lake Powell. Compared to most campgrounds I have stayed at, this one was good in that it had nice wooded lots, was very clean and was within walking distance of the lake. The problem was I had just stayed at Many Glaciers campground the 2 nights before and Many Glaciers had spectacular scenery and there were showers available which was a big plus. We saw some Black Bears roaming around about 12 miles from the campgrounds and deer were common. The area also has several stores and a couple of restaurants down the road and the ranger station was really good and had good information. All in all...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

Apgar Campground
South west entrance
Glacier National Park, Montana

Belton Chalet

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Restaurant

Belton Chalet Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Located a stone's throw from the southwest entrance from the park, the Belton Chalet was a nice relaxing dining experience for our road weary group. The restaurant has an old world cabin like feel to it. Lots of antiques around and some wonderful nature prints for sale on the wall. The service staff was very friendly but a bit over worked. This made for somewhat long waits for a second drink or desert as they scurried about trying to accommodate everyone in the room. The food was very good, 3 of us ordered the trout special which was excellent. It had a nice butter sauce on the top and it almost made up for the fact that I could not catch a trout to save my life on the entire trip. I made an at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

Belton Chalet
Highway 2 E
Glacier National Park, Montana
(406) 888-5000

The Park Cafe

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Restaurant | "Park Cafe"

The Park Cafe Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Right before we hopped on the going to the sun road we stopped off for some breakfast at the Park Cafe. We love going to mom and pop diners and this one was fun, the food was good and the people that ran the cafe were very pleasant. They had a whole bunch of freshly baked pies in the back and I was tempted to try one when my neighbor did at 9 am but I decided to stick with the usual scrambled eggs with hashbrowns and toast and a cup of coffee.

The service was good but we saw a new waitress working the other side of the room that was not doing too well. Our waitress, however was a pro. Total cost for the meal with tip was $13 for two.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

The Park Cafe
Highway 89
Glacier National Park, Montana
(406) 732-4482

Swan Mountain Outfitters

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Attraction | "Mule Shoe Outfitters"

Swan Mountain Outfitters Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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On my trip to Glacier, I went with three other people: my 58 year old mother, her 72 year old partner and my 37 year old wife. I had grown up riding horses and had even owned a horse when I was a boy. None of my party, however, had ever been on a horse before but all were willing to try a 2 hour horseback ride in the park. We signed up with Glacier Park's contracted riding outfit named Mule Shoe Outfitters. Mule Shoe ran a pretty tight ship. They matched the horse's demeanor to the rider's ability and size, they gave good basic instruction and they placed a guide at the front and the back of the group. The horses were well mannered for the most part and we went through some beautiful trails that...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 27, 2001

Swan Mountain Outfitters
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Montana 59936
(406) 886-3900

Avalanche Lake

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Attraction | "Avalanch Lake"

Avalanche Lake Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Take lots of film for this hike. You start at the roadside and begin walking on the trail of the cedars pathway which is a nice easy walk through gigantic cedar trees. After about 1/2 a mile you see the trail sign for Avalanche Lake right after you go by a beautiful little waterfall that has cut its way through several huge slabs of granite. Once you commit to the trail you start up a gradual climb that takes about one hour of steady walking to hit the lake. The trail description says you only gain 500 feet but because it goes up and down a lot, the hike feels much harder than that and I'll bet the net gain is more like 2000 feet. There are several turn outs to the stream that you walk parallel to dur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

Avalanche Lake

Glacier National Park, Montana

Going-to-the-Sun-Road

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Attraction | "Going to the sun road"

Going-to-the-Sun-Road Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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The only way to traverse the park from east to west is via the sun road. We heard people talking about how steep the road was and how dangerous it could be if you strayed too far from it and right before we entered it I saw the local paper report that someone had died while walking off the side of the road near the big tunnel. Finally even though it was mid June, the road had been closed due to snow just two days before our drive and the skies looked ominous. All of these things made me more apprehensive than I needed to be. Because I was driving I just kept my eyes on the road and it was really no problem at all. The road itself was one of the highlights of the trip because it goes right throu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

Going-to-the-Sun-Road

Glacier National Park, Montana 59936
(406) 888-7800

Great Northern White Water Raft & Resort Company

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Attraction | "Great Northern White water raft and resort company"

Great Northern White Water Raft & Resort Company Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Located just outside the South west entrance to the park is the Great Northern White Water Raft and Resort Company. They have a number of offerings from rafting to horseback riding to flyfishing. They even have nice cabins to stay in. We took the half day whitewater rafting trip for $40 each and it was lots of fun. There were plenty of rapids to keep us wet and excited and the area of course afforded great views of the river's edge and the mountains that we were floating between. We had a young woman named Kelly as our guide and she was enthusiastic and commanded our little vessel very well. We had a good trip overall except some of the other rafters were a bit rowdy for our taste. Fortunately t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

Great Northern White Water Raft & Resort Company
P.O. Box 270
Glacier National Park, Montana 59936
1-800-735-7897