Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: April 16th, 2013 by kali

Spring can be a magical time of year in Glacier National Park.  There are no crowds and the scenery is amazing.  Check out our list of things to do in and around Glacier during the spring.

Bike Camas Road.

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Plow crews cleared Camas Road which runs parallel to the Inside North Fork Road and is fully paved.  This time of year the traffic is minimal which makes biking the road a great option.  You will pass Huckleberry Mountain and see great views of the park’s mountains through the Roberts Fire burn.  Camas road eventually leads to the North Fork Road where your journey can lead you either south to Columbia Falls or north to Polebridge.

Check out Polebridge.

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Polebridge is the only little town that can be found anywhere up the North Fork Road.  On your way up there look off to your right every once and a while and see some amazing views of the most northern mountains in the park and the beautiful waters of the North Fork of the Flathead River.  Once you make it to Polebridge, be sure to check out some of the delicious baked goods of the Mercantile which opens April 26th this year and can be visited 7 days a week from 8am – 6pm.

Drive to Lake McDonald Lodge and Bike Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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The park has cleared the road from Lake McDonald for hiker and biker access.  During the week, Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for hiker/biker access to the Avalanche parking lot.  During the weekend there are no hiker/biker restrictions on the Road.  Get out there and experience Glacier on your bike with no view restrictions and no traffic!

Drive to the St. Mary entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to Rising Sun Motor Inn on the East side of the park, about 5.5 miles.  Take Highway 2 to Browning and head north on 89 which will take you all the way to St. Mary.  From West Glacier this drive should take about 2 hours and offers plenty of sightseeing on a  sunny day!  Once you reach Rising Sun you can park your car and walk Going-to-the-Sun Road to Wild Goose Island.  It is a quick half mile walk on the road but still has a little snow cover so be sure to wear your boots and bring your bear spray.  Here is driving directions on Google -  http://goo.gl/maps/Y6YfH 

Take a Fly Fishing Clinic.

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Need to spruce up your cast or just want to learn?  Come join us at the Glacier Outdoor Center for a casting clinic.  We have fully stocked ponds that are ready to fish.  This time of year we are all thinking about fly fishing and can’t wait to get back into it.  Currently the rivers are blown out, but our ponds are ready to rock.  A one hour clinic, for 2 people is just $45.

Hike.

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Keep an eye on Glacier’s Trail Status Report for openings.  Clearing of trails will start around the 1st of May so stay tuned to http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm  for updates.

Raft.

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Spring is a great time to catch the spring snow runoff on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Some of the rapids may be a little washed out but others are class III+.  Our half day whitewater trip is only $55.64 per person and lasts about 2 hours in the spring.  We have wetsuits and neoprene booties to keep you warm on the river.

Posted: January 31st, 2013 by kali

glacier park cabins in june

June can be magical at Glacier National Park. Before the crowds descend on the Park and before tourists and vehicles take over Going-to-the-Sun Road, take some time to embrace our very special corner of Montana. Glacier National Park is open year-round and as our winter snow melts, the Going-to-the-Sun Road slowly uncovers its 52-mile length. Before cars are permitted on the Road, however, it opens to hikers and bikers wanting to explore its alpine reaches, and Avalanche Lake is one of the hiking trails to open early. Whitewater rafting is thrilling as the rivers swell with snowpack melt, and we have all the gear to make your Class II-III trip comfortable. Wildlife reappears after a long winter in hiding and is often seen along the Camas Road and the North Fork Road towards Polebridge, Bowman Lake and Kintla Lake. It’s a great time of year for a horseback ride in the forest looking out on to the snow-capped mountains of the Park. Fishermen wet their flies on the waters of the Two Medicine, and our stocked ponds offer plenty of opportunity to perfect your cast. Nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort offers alpine slides, ziplines, mountain biking, hiking and scenic lift rides. Take advantage of our shoulder season discount through the month of June at Glacier Raft Company’s cabins. Cabin guests receive a 10% discount on all rafting and fishing trips.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 by kali

Glacier National Park will waive their entrance fees today! In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21st, 2013–so get on up here!

Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to get outside!  Glacier Park is not closed during the winter, there is limited access however.

Some great activities are snowshoeing to Rocky Point from the Camas Road bridge.

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Cross-country skiing the McDonald Creek Loop from Lake McDonald Lodge

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Or take a scenic drive up to Polebridge. Although the Mercantile is not open in the winter the road is plowed up to the Canadian Border.  Usually, you can stumble upon a heard of elk on the North Fork Road.

Elk in Glacier Park