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Glacier National Park

DSC04941-Edit-Edit-Edit-BlogMany Glacier: This area is often referred to as the heart of Glacier. Boat rides, horseback riding, and great trails are found here. Three excellent all-day hikes are the Iceberg Lake, Cracker Lake, and Grinnell Glacier Trails. Roughly 10–12 miles round-trip, these moderately strenuous hikes bring visitors to unmatched subalpine scenery. Grinnell Lake, Red Rock Falls, and the Swiftcurrent Nature Trail are good choices for shorter hikes. Check out the recent renovations to the Many Glacier Hotel. The lobby in particular has had a dramatic makeover. The historic helical staircase has been recreated, returning the hotel lobby to its original look.

Two Medicine: Before the Going-to-the-Sun Road was constructed, Two Medicine was a primary place for travelers arriving by train in East Glacier. As in the past, those who visit today are rewarded with spectacular scenic hiking. Trails to Scenic Point, Cobalt Lake, Aster Park, and Old Man Lake are popular day hikes. Guided boat trips across Two Medicine Lake make No Name Lake, Upper Two Medicine Lake, and Twin Falls easy trips. Running Eagle Falls is reached by a wheelchair-accessible nature trail, which highlights traditional use of plants and the spiritual importance of this site to the Blackfeet Tribe.

North Fork: The North Fork is one of the least visited sections of Glacier National Park and can only be reached by private vehicle. If you don’t mind traveling over rough dirt roads, then you might enjoy a trip to the North Fork. The area offers views of forest succession in recently burned areas, views of Bowman and Kintla Lakes, a homesteading site, and chances to see and hear rare park wildlife. Allow all day for the round-trip drive to Kintla and Bowman Lakes from West Glacier along the Camas Road. Be sure to bring supplies for the day or prepare to stop in the town of Polebridge before you begin your drive.

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