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2020-08-15 Adventure in Glacier National Park
|Event Location:||Glacier National Park|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Aug 15 2020 8:00 am >> Sat, Aug 22 2020 10:00 am|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Aug 14 2019 7:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Wed, Aug 14 2019 7:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||8 Days|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Bill Wey|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||1|
|Minimum Group Size:||1|
|Number Registered So Far:||16 / 7 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
<<< Summary >>>
Come join the like-minded adventurers for a weeklong exploration of the ‘Crown of the Continent’ Ecosystem. Venture out to see and enjoy Glacier Mountains, cerulean lakes, meadows bursting with wildflowers, the iconic Going to the Sun Road, and Glacier’s famous wildlife.
This trip will explore Glacier National Park in 8 days and 7 nights. It is designed for members with positive, adaptive, and flexible spirits. Good physical fitness and endurance are also required.
These carefully evaluated and selected daily outings are all among various top 10 lists published by trail experts for Glacier National Park.
<<< Logistics >>>
We'll meet first thing in the morning from Day 2 to Day 7.
Meeting Place: Apgar Visitor Center parking lot at address: Apgar Visitor Center, West Glacier, MT 59936.
We’ll work out rental car sharing and lodging options once registration and participant list are confirmed.
<<< Itinerary >>>
Day 1: 2020-08-15 Saturday.
Arrive at Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, MT; and check in lodging. This is a good day to drive around the Flathead valley and stock up your grocery and all the supplies for the week.
Day 2: Meeting Time: 8:00 am.
Going to the Sun Road to Highline Trail and Hidden Lake Overlook trails in Logan Pass area. (D4: 12 miles/ 1,950 feet ascent)
Day 3: Meeting Time: 8:00 am.
Piegan Pass trail in Logan Pass area. (D4: 9 miles/ 1,850 feet ascent)
Day 4: Meeting Time: 7:30 am.
Two Medicine Pass trail in Two Medicine area. (D5: 15 miles/ 2,410 feet ascent)
Day 5: Meeting Time: 7:30 am.
Pitamakan Pass/ Dawson Pass Loop in Two Medicine area. (D5: 18 miles/ 3,300 feet ascent/ counterclockwise loop)
Day 6: Meeting Time: 8:00 am.
Grinnell Glacier trail in Many Glacier area. (D4: 8 miles/ 1,840 feet ascent)
Day 7: Meeting Time: 7:30 am.
Ptarmigan Tunnel and Iceberg Lake trails in Many Glacier area. (D5: 16 miles/ 2,800 feet ascent)
Day 8: Take flight from Glacier Park International Airport back to home town.
<<< Difficulty Level >>>
Our outings will be at the AOC’s D4 and D5 difficulty levels ranging from 8 to 18 miles, and 1,840 to 3,300 feet of elevation gain. The continuous nature of daily outings requires all participants to be physically prepared and trained before taking this trip. It is also perfectly okay if you want to skip a day to rest, or explore some of the popular non-back-country areas on your own.
<<< Bear Safety >>>
Bear safety by National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/bears/safety.htm
Bear safety is common skill that every outdoor person should learn and master, e.g. carrying bear spray in the group, making noise in bear areas, and do not go solo, etc. Following a college student trail guide employed by the outfitter company on my previous guided trip with AOC to Glacier NP in 2018 makes us no more safer than applying our own bear safety skill. Going in the later summer when berries are mostly gone on the trails should help reduce the probability of bear encounter.
Let’s also put it into right perspective with published data showing most years, there are 3 fatal bear attack incidents on the continent, per year. But on average, this number decreases to 2.56 fatal incidents, per year. So don’t let any rare incidents making headlines stop you from exploring the majestic Glacier the way we like and enjoy.
Link to my previous guided trip with AOC to Glacier NP in 2018: https://www.atlantaoutdoorclub.com/event/details.asp?eventid=14803
<<< How to get there >>>
The nearest airport is Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, MT. This is the recommended airport to fly in without driving very long distance to the west entrance area of Glacier National Park.
<<< How to sign up >>>
This web page is designed so that you can only put yourself on the waiting list. Once you’re verified to be suitable for this trip, you will be moved to the participant list.
This is not an AOC paid event. All costs (transportation, lodging, meals & drinks) are paid by members on their own.
Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.
We will stay in the area not too far from the west entrance of Glacier NP as our home base. There are many towns in the area such as West Glacier, Coram, Martin City, Hungry Horse, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, and Kalispell etc. with plenty of lodging options.
VRBO, Airbnb, and Booking.com are popular sites among many others to compare, search, and book for lodging. There are also camping and lodging options inside the park provided by National Park Service.
Summer daytime temperatures in the Glacier National Park are averaging from 60 to 75F. It can be as high as near 90. Evening temperatures generally drop to 40s, and occasionally even low 30s. Weather in the Glacier Mountains can change quickly, so we must be prepared for variable weather conditions including sunny and rainy days, and even an occasional light snow. There are many areas with snow covered even in the middle of summer.
There are numerous restaurants and grocery stores in the area to choose.
Super 1 Foods: 2100 9th St W Columbia Falls, MT 59912
Walmart Supercenter: 170 Hutton Ranch Rd Kalispell, MT 59901
Costco: 2330 US-93, Kalispell, MT 59901
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.