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Popular Day Hikes in Glacier

Highline Trail:

At 11.4 miles and rated as strenuous, this is considered one of the most popular day hikes at Glacier National Park. Learn more

Iceberg Lake:

This popular hike is 9.6 miles and rated as moderate. The trail brings you to an iconic emerald lake surrounded by steep cliffs reaching up more than 2,000 feet above the water. Learn more

Avalanche Lake:

Bring your binoculars so you don’t miss any of the wildlife or spectacular scenery you will encounter on this 4.6 mile hike. Rated moderate. Learn more

Pitamakan Pass:

A strenuous 15.4-mile trail. Hikers will enjoy breathtaking views of mountain valleys and peaks and beautiful lakes. Learn more

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Overnight Hiking at Glacier

You’re about to create some lasting memories. Plan ahead to make sure they’re great ones!

REVIEW WEATHER DATA:

The Continental Divide runs through the middle of the park from north to south, creating two distinct climates. The lush west side is the edge of the Pacific Northwest rainforest, while the eastern front is drier, cooler, and windier. Be prepared for extreme conditions on either side.

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Backcountry Safety:

For advice on avoiding dangers such as hypothermia, bear encounters, and extreme weather, be sure to read the safety tips on the park website:

Safety Tips

Conservation & Leave No Trace:

Help keep Glacier pristine:

7 Principles

Getting Permits:

Advanced Permit Reservations are available via online application starting March 15. Time from submitting your application to permit approval is typically about one month:

Backcountry Reservations

Walk-In Permits:

Half of all sites in a campground are set aside for walk-in campers. Check the permitting locations here:

Permit Locations

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Hiking Essentials

Glacier is still a wild place. Be prepared.

  • Sturdy footwear
  • Plenty of water
  • Mosquito or bug repellent
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Rain gear and layers for warmth
  • Bear spray
  • Something to eat

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Wildlife & Safety

Glacier provides a wonderful opportunity to view animals in their natural setting. Always enjoy wildlife from a safe distance. Do not approach wildlife to take photographs.

Feeding, harassing, or molesting wildlife is strictly prohibited and subject to fine. Bears, mountain lions, goats, deer, or any other species of wildlife can present a real and painful threat, especially females with young.

It is recommended you don’t hike alone. Trail running is also discouraged because runners run the risk of surprising a bear on the trail.