Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail, Glacier National Park.

Photo Gallery: Dayhiking Glacier National Park

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By Michael Lanza

With waterfalls, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mountain views that don’t seem real, and the occasional grizzly or black bear (preferably seen at a safe distance)—you owe it to yourself to hike in Montana’s Glacier National Park. While it’s a backpacker’s paradise, there are countless great dayhikes there, too, as you’ll see in this photo gallery below.

Read my story describing my favorite long dayhikes in the park, which will help you plan your own adventure taking hikes of any length on these same trails. See also my stories and photos about a family trip backpacking Glacier’s incomparable Gunsight Pass Trail, and a five-star, 90-mile hike through northern Glacier, and all of my stories about national parks trips.

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3 Responses to Photo Gallery: Dayhiking Glacier National Park

  1. Daniel Oates   |  July 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Michael, I am actually going to GNP in late August with my 3 friends. We are going to be flexible and decided on just getting walk-in permits. We’re all touching base now on trail possibilities, pulling out our Nat Geo maps.

    Any “must see” spots or recommendations? Absolutely love the pictures, reviews and contests!

    • MichaelALanza   |  August 2, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Hi Daniel, good for you, Glacier is such a special place. Check out the link about describing my 90-mile route through the park. You’ll see it can be broken up into a couple of backpacking trips, a loop north from the Logan Pass area, and a traverse of the Gunsight Pass Trail (with a must-do side trip to the Sperry Glacier). I’d highly recommend all or any of that itinerary; note the spots where I camped, too. Gunsight Pass Trail is popular, so a permit can be hard to snag, but camp at Lake Ellen Wilson if you can. Late August is good for getting walk-in permits, fewer backpackers in the park then (though you can see new snow in the high country, too).

  2. Mark   |  July 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

    So beautiful. I need to be there now. 🙂

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