This trip is very popular because it seems to have the right amount of time in the backcountry. You'll be visiting the remote parts of the park that most visitors driving through the park don't even know exist. You'll spend your days in subalpine and alpine meadows amongst Glacier's towering peaks. On the trail, your guide will point out features of interest, identify flora and fauna and be on the lookout for wildlife. You'll be camping in Glacier's beautiful and remote backcountry campgrounds. Almost all campsites are located near lakes or streams, offering opportunities for fishing and/or swimming.
SPECIAL: Add a 2 Day Raft Trip to your backpacking adventure and receive a 10% discount on the 2 Day Raft Trip. To receive discount make your reservation for the 6 Day Hike/Raft Trip which includes the discount.
Mileage on our backpack trips will vary from 5 to 12 miles a day, with an average of 8.
*Early season (through June and into first few days of July)our backpacking trips tend to base camp more, and then day hike to explore the alpine passes. This is due to winter snows lingering in the high country.
Elevation gain and loss on an average day will be about 500 to 800 feet, while a more strenuous day will be 2000 to 3000 feet (mountain passes). We usually have 1 strenuous day per 4-day trip.
Weight of your backpack will depend on the weight of what you choose to bring. Upon arrival, your guide will give you 6-8 pounds of food to add to your bag. Most people end up with a pack weight of around 40 pounds.
Our guides pack and prepare all meals and are great backcountry cooks. You'll enjoy delicious meals and be able to relax after a challenging day of hiking. We are happy to accommodate special dietary needs. Please let us know what they are when you book your trip.
Group size will be no larger than 8 people per backcountry trip. 7 guests per guide.
Don't forget your passport, because some of our trips during mid July through early September either start or end in Waterton, Canada.
Minimum age: 15
Even though we can't give you an exact itinerary for your particular trip, we can give you an example of what you might expect on your 4-day adventure.
Day 1 - Meet at our office in West Glacier at 8:30 am, we'll pack the final gear and then off we go in the van to the trailhead. Depending on the trail we'll be hiking, you may expect a 1 to 3 hour van shuttle to the trailhead. We should be on trail by around 11:30 to 12:30 and start the hike into the backcountry. (Usually 6 to 8 miles in length on the first day.) Our first night's camp is on the shore of a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by majestic snowcapped peaks, or nestled in a secluded valley next to the peaceful sounds of a babbling creek. After setting up camp we'll have one of our delicious backcountry meals.
Day 2 - The next morning we'll awaken to a cup of fresh, organic, fair trade coffee and a hearty breakfast. After breaking camp, we'll be on the trail by around 9:00 to 10:00 am depending on the mileage for the day. The average day is about 8 miles. A longer day could be up to 12 miles (in which case we might leave earlier). If the mileage is shorter then we can perhaps take a side trek to explore the area around camp. Lunch is usually made along the trail next to a relaxing creek or on a scenic pass. After arriving at that night's campground we will set up camp and refill water while the guide cooks dinner.
Day 3 - After breakfast, we'll break camp and head up the trail to one of Glacier's alpine passes, which may very well cross the Continental Divide. Going over a pass means gaining about 1,500 to 3000 feet in elevation. Here you'll find some of Glacier's alpine splendor, a beautiful meadow filled with endless colors of wildflowers and possibly some of those tasty huckleberries. We'll camp in a lush alpine basin filled with an alpine lake or perhaps a waterfall (which makes a great alpine shower, brrrrr...).
Day 4 - On the last day we'll wind up at the trailhead where we will meet our shuttle driver who has prepared a delicious deli lunch, which will be a fine treat after 4 days in the backcountry. We'll be getting back to the Glacier Guides office by around 5 PM sometimes a little later depending on the trip.
Glacier's backcountry is truly a place touched by magic and we look forward to sharing it with you.