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Hiking in Glacier National Park

Planning a Hike
Over half of the visitors to Glacier National Park report taking a hike. That’s a lot of hikers, but over 700 miles of trail provide many outstanding opportunities for both short hikes and extended backpacking trips.

Hikers need to assume individual responsibility for planning their trips and hiking safely. Before setting out on your hike, stop by a park visitor center to obtain needed warnings and recommendations. You will increase your odds of a safe hike, decrease your disturbance to park wildlife, and lessen cumulative damage to resources.

Visitor center bookstores carry a complete line of trail guides, topographic maps and field guides to aid the hiker. Publications are also available by mail. Call the Glacier Natural History Association at 888-5756, to request a catalog.

Five self-guided walks interpret trailside features with brochures and signs. The Trail of the Cedars, Huckleberry Mountain, Hidden Lake, Sun Point, and Swiftcurrent Nature Trails encourage hikers to experience Glacier National Park at their own pace. The Trail of the Cedars is wheelchair accessible.

Good day hikes are plentiful. Visitor center staff will be happy to assist you with your choices and provide free maps of popular trails in park. Maps to four of the more popular hiking areas are available online as well at the links above.

Overnight Trips
Hikers planning to camp overnight in Glacier’s backcountry must stop at a visitor center or ranger station and obtain a backcountry permit.

Backpacking
Permits are required to camp in the backcountry. Permits are available only during the hours listed. There is a $4.00 per person per night charge. Permits are issued no more than 24 hours in advance of the start of the trip.

Advanced reservations (more than 24 hours in advance) are available, but only at Apgar, St. Mary, or by mail. There is a $20.00 reservation fee.

Visitors entering the backcountry at Goat Haunt or Belly River, may obtain a backcountry permit at the Waterton Visitor Reception Centre (credit cards only).

Apgar Backcountry Permit Center
May 1–July 1
July 2–Sept. 11
Sept. 12–Oct. 31
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Mary Visitor Center
June 26–Sept. 30
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Many Glacier Ranger Station*
May 26–Sept. 21
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Two Medicine Ranger Station*
May 26–Sept. 16
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Polebridge Ranger Station
May 26–Sept. 11
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Closed daily for a one hour lunch

Information provided by the National Park Service

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