My wife and I will be in Glacier July 1-3 and would like to do 3 days, 2 nights backpacking. Problem is, the massive snow seems to have made route planning a bit challenging. Without any in depth knowledge of the park, I'm not confident in picking a good route. Lots of trails are snow covered, bridges apparently aren't all put up yet, and the river fords I am guessing are likely extremely dangerous with all the snow melt. We have no experience with high alpine backpacking in these snowy conditions so we would prefer something in the lower elevations. We do have crampons for icy, snowy trail conditions but no ice axes. We would love to do a loop or an in and out of no more than 5-10 miles per day total. With so many trails covered in snow, I am wondering if we should just do two separate one nighters from different trail heads since its looking like it may be challenging to put together a loop that is within our experience level. And then of course there is the issue of backcountry campsite reservations...seems alot of sites are taken this late in the game.
We would be very happy just to be able to camp in a beautiful spot two nights...even if that means having to go back to the car and head to a different trail head the second night.
If anyone has any thoughts or recommendations, it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.