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Christopher Williams
(clwilla) - F

Locale: The Bluegrass
Looking for a 1 night glacier trail on 05/31/2010 12:24:25 MDT Print View

Hey all.

I'm headed to Glacier National Park with the family and am looking for a 1 night quickie.

Perhaps an 8-10 mile in and out or loop of some sort. 4-5 in; camp. Haul out next morning to be gathered by the wife.

It'll be just me so some company would be great too.

I've never been hiking in that part of the country so I have no idea where to start. Something near fishable water would be a plus though not necessary. I use a hammock, so trees at the camp site are a must.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
1 night glacier trail on 05/31/2010 13:26:39 MDT Print View

What side of the park are you interested in, the east, or the west? It takes a few hours to drive through the park, so the trip would be based upon where your family will be while you are hiking. For example, if they will be in Kalispell while you hike, you won't want her to have to drive all the way to the east side of GNP to pick you up. But keep in mind that they have a wonderful shuttle bus service that can take some of the nightmare out of intra-park transportation.

Torsten Johnson
(torstyguy) - F
Re: Looking for a 1 night glacier trail on 06/01/2010 14:47:38 MDT Print View

I'm also headed to Glacier in the next few days and would love some company. I'm game for anything, though I'll probably end up spending more than one night out. I'd love some company, though. I have some ideas for routes, and I'm sure we could put something together looking at the map for a few minutes. I'm also interested in fishing, so we could do a little of that, too. Let me know what dates you're looking at and maybe we can work something out.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: glacier on 06/01/2010 18:58:44 MDT Print View

Probably lots of snow still in the park right now.

As for doing an overnighter close to the road later in summer, you'll have to take what sites are available. Word on the street in the park's centenury brought backcountry reservations out of the woodwork. The park's backcountry desk website has a chart of sites that are reserved in the next few nights that is updated daily.

If you could do more like a 20 mile loop, going out to Fifty Mountain on the Highline Trail and back the low route would be my recommendation. Fifty is an excellent, excellent camp site.

Jack Newton
(figster) - F

Locale: Central Arkansas
Gunsight Lake on 06/02/2010 21:06:39 MDT Print View

Gunsight Lake ~ Florence Falls from the Going to the Sun Road.

Spectacular.

Christopher Williams
(clwilla) - F

Locale: The Bluegrass
Re: Re: Looking for a 1 night glacier trail on 06/19/2010 12:30:35 MDT Print View

I'll be in GNP from July 3-10. I'm not sure which day I'll be hiking yet. Get back to me.

Christopher Williams
(clwilla) - F

Locale: The Bluegrass
Re: 1 night glacier trail on 06/19/2010 12:31:50 MDT Print View

I'll be on the west side if the park. Fam is staying in West Glacier. Thanks for the tip.

Christopher Williams
(clwilla) - F

Locale: The Bluegrass
Re: Gunsight Lake on 06/19/2010 12:32:31 MDT Print View

Thanks!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Gunsight Lake on 06/19/2010 20:51:57 MDT Print View

"Gunsight Lake"

An enthusiastic, nostalgic +1. Gunsight Lake was my first backpacking trip ever. It is beautiful.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Looking for a 1 night glacier trail on 06/21/2010 10:20:30 MDT Print View

Gunsight Lake is very pretty although the trailhead (Jackson Glacier Overlook) is a bit of a ways from West Glacier where you'll be starting out of.

If you're into starting off someplace closer consider hiking to the campsites at either Arrow Lake or Camas Lake. The trail starts out with a pretty big climb up and over Howe Ridge but you are rewarded with great scenery.

Keep in mind whatever trip you choose that the snow line in Glacier at this time of year is probably around 7,000 to 7,500 feet.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
snow on 06/21/2010 15:49:32 MDT Print View

A week ago the last mile of the trail from The Loop up to Granite Park chalet was solidly snowed in. Walkable without snowshoes, but there was a good 8' or more in the dense trees.

Christopher Williams
(clwilla) - F

Locale: The Bluegrass
Thanks on 06/24/2010 00:41:18 MDT Print View

Thanks for the snow warning. I'm a south-easterner and snow this time of year is non-existent. Thanks. Will definitely plan to stay below 7,000.

Christopher Williams
(clwilla) - F

Locale: The Bluegrass
Averages for Gunsight Lake on 06/24/2010 01:48:41 MDT Print View

What kinds of overnight lows might I be looking at during the first week of July at gunsight pass? I'm wondering what night time gear I might need as far as quilts and jackets are concerned.

Thanks