I'm planning on doing a trip to Glacier, and it basically follows Sam Haraldson's suggestion he made in a previous post. Here's the trip outline:
Trip One - "The Northern Traverse" - 7 days, 6 nights This trip consists of 7 - 10 +/- mile days and will allow participants to experience the entire Northern span of the park. It brings you up and over both the grueling Stoney Indian Pass as well as the mellower Brown Pass (the continental divide). As a means of reference as to the difficulty of this route, I did this route in three days and two nights last summer, averaging 20+ miles per day. It recommended as a 5+ day hike, so to do it in 7 would allow time to appreciate the scenery and relax in camp.
Day 1. Hike from Chief Mtn. Ranger Station (Northeastern corner of the park) to either Cosley or Glenn's Lake campsite
Day 2. Hike to the gorgeous Stoney Indian Pass campsite
Day 3. Hike to the Goat Haunt area (can't remember the names of camps here).
Day 4. Hike to the Lake Francis campground which is in my opinion the first or second best campsite in the park.
Day 5. From Lake Francis, climb the mellow Brown's Pass switchbacks, and head to either Hole-in-the-Wall or Boulder Pass campsites. Boulder Pass is the other "best" campsite in Glacier. Even the toilet (an open air "low-rider") provides a spectacular view of the Whitefish Mtn. Range.
Day 6. Drop down the pounding switchbacks to either the camps at Upper or Lower Kintla Lake.
Day 7. Finish the trip by hiking out to the Kintla Car camping area.
My plan is to park at the trailhead near Chief Mountain Customs (I think Sam called it Chief Mountain Ranger Station) in the northeast corner of the park. After hiking the suggested route outlined above, I'll hitchhike to the Apgar Visitor Center. Then, I'll take the park's free shuttle over to St. Mary Visitor Center, and finally take the Glacier Park Inc.'s fee-based shuttle back to my car.
For those of you who know this area, does this sound like a good plan? Do you have better ideas?
Is hitchhiking advisable and/or reliable here?
Please, any and all comments and suggestions for this trip are very welcome! Thanks!