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Adam G
(anonwums) - MLife
Glacier National Park in mid/late September on 03/26/2014 21:10:56 MDT Print View

Greetings. You guys were super helpful in helping me find a trip for my mother and I during the winter (we went to Death Valley and enjoyed it quite a bit).

My girlfriend and I want to do the Northern Traverse in Glacier National Park. The difficulty is that my schedule will only allow me to go in late September, likely no earlier than September 20 or 21st. Is this possible to do safely? We don't have training with ice axes and crampons but can handle a bit of snow.

We tried to do this route several years ago in August but it ended due to an injury. We've been talking about trying again, and we'd like to do it this year if possible.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Glacier National Park in mid/late September on 03/26/2014 23:05:44 MDT Print View

Safety shouldn't be an issue in terms of snow travel, but might be due to hypothermia. In late September you might have excellent weather with cold nights, or you might have nasty rain/snow mix. I'd say it's worth rolling the dice.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Re: Glacier National Park in mid/late September on 03/27/2014 04:11:13 MDT Print View

Like Dave said, mid- to late-September in Glacier can be fantastic, or it can be rough--it all depends on when winter starts. I'd do it if I were you. It's one of my favorite times to get into the park.

Scott S
(sschloss1) - F

Locale: New England
Iffy on 03/27/2014 07:30:00 MDT Print View

In a lot of years, the first big winter-type storms will start in late September. These can be multi-day storms with a lot of precipitation.

This year, the first storm hit on September 18th and brought snow down to 5,000' and a lot of cold rain below that. We were lucky to finish our CDT hike that day. Other folks a couple of days behind us ended up having to road walk through the park.

If you're ahead of the storms, the great. If not, it would make for an unpleasant trip.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Re: Iffy on 03/27/2014 08:56:13 MDT Print View

Yes. End of September that far north is rolling the dice for weather.
You could plan that trip and something further south with more dependable weather that time of year. Then decide between the two a few days before after looking at the weather forecast. Be flexible.