Glacier National Park Private Journey

Hiking Adventures in Montana's Majestic Rockies

Trip Level

The trip is Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Most of the hikes are at altitudes ranging between 4,000 and 8,000 feet. For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail. Accommodations are in comfortable hotels and lodges ideally located to get you as close as possible to the best wildlife viewing.

Please note that your guide may make adjustments to the itinerary and hiking routes, depending on local weather, trail conditions, and availability.

Terrain

There are various hiking options available each day, according to your choice and to trail conditions at the time. Hikes cover a variety of terrain and are usually on well-marked trails. Terrain will vary from dry, rocky slopes to alpine meadows to marshy paths through dense forest. There may be hikes on uneven surfaces, occasionally over loose scree, and sections of steep ascent or descent.

Weather

For most people, mid-June through mid-September is the best time to visit the park if you want to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike the trails, and explore areas of the park on both sides of the Continental Divide. In May and June, daytime temperatures average in the 60Fs, dropping to the 30Fs at night. In early June, the annual snow removal project on Going-to-the-Sun Road begins. July and August is peak season for visitors, with daytime temperatures averaging in the 70Fs and 80Fs and nights that can drop into the 40Fs. Glacier's weather is highly variable and can be extreme. Hikers setting out on a warm summer day should still bring along raingear and lots of extra clothing. Dressing in layers is key. September and October are beautiful months to visit if you enjoy fall foliage displays and temperatures are moderate, with days in the 60Fs and cool nights into the 40Fs, but some businesses and stores close after Labor Day and rain is more likely at this time of year.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.