Tip & Tee

Tip & Tee: Glacier Hike

Travel tees make the BEST souvenirs! In Tip & Tee, I show off an awesome tee I picked up on my trip and share a trip tip for that destination.

Glacier National Park is often referred to as the Crown of the Continent. One visit to Glacier, and you’ll see why. This Montana treasure is located in the Rocky Mountains and shares its northern border with Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Together these parks form the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, the world’s first International Peace Park.

Glacier National Park Sign

It is certainly no secret that the scenery and wildlife in Glacier are spectacular! As such, this national park is popular and attracts approximately 3 million visitors per year!  Its popularity coupled with the fact that its peak season is relatively short (July to September) can mean crowded conditions in certain areas of the park.

Four Sheep Standing on a Hill

Glacier Hike Trip Tip

I’m not a fan of crowds especially when I’m on vacation! However, don’t let the crowds in Glacier dissuade you from visiting this incredible park! To truly experience the beauty of this Rocky Mountain paradise, I recommend taking a long Glacier hike. As you get further into the backcountry, the crowds dissipate and Glacier comes alive.

Cars on the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park

If you’re not an overnight backcountry kind of hiker, don’t fret! You can still experience the beauty of this park with fewer fellow travelers by taking an all day Glacier hike. (We found this book on Glacier day hikes really helpful.)

Grinnell Glacier Hiking Trail in Glacier National Park

On our recent trip, we spent a day hiking Grinnell Glacier Trail. This trail is around 7 miles round trip if you take the shuttle boats which depart from Many Glacier Lodge. Even though this is a popular trail, it isn’t too popular.  This Glacier hike was a highlight of our visit.

With over 700 miles of trails, I’m sure you’ll find a Glacier hike that fits your skills and abilities as well as allows you to enjoy the park as it was meant to be enjoyed.

Glacier National Park Tee Shirt

For more information on Glacier National Park, check out Glacier National Parks LakesGlacier National Park Going to the Sun Road, and Border Crossing near Waterton.

This post contains an affiliate link to a book we purchase and used on our trip.

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