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Glacier National Park, Montana: Rugged Landscapes, Wilderness & Wildlife Galore!

  • Jul 19, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Glacier National Park is one of those beautiful places that you have to see in your lifetime before its gone... And in reality, the glaciers will be gone in just a few years due to global warming. So you're probably thinking what made me pick this national park over others to spend a week long vacation here with all the grizzly bears and big horn sheep? (And nope, I'm not wrestling them!) My mind was actually made up while on top of Observation Point in Zion National Park in Utah. During my lunch break, I ran into an older couple in their late 60's that just reached the viewpoint. They were passionate nature hikers and after a lengthy discussion about all the majestic places they've seen, they said one of the most beautiful parks they've hiked was Glacier in Montana. For them, it was the combination of mountains, glaciers, abundant wildlife and the rugged landscape that made it so special. My mind was then made up. The must-sees we're Glacier and Zion... Luckily, the HOAGIES will try to do both parks in 2013!

Glacier National Park is where everything bright and strong and never tamed comes together on high: wolves, white-tailed ptarmigan, storms that hit the Great Divide like tsunamis with golden eagles surfing the wind waves, twisted trees 200 years old but scarcely tall enough to hide a bighorn sheep, impatient wildflowers shoving through snow to unfurl their colors, alpenglow on ancient ice, and great silver-tipped bears. Hiking trails allow those who venture on them to steal glimpses of the heart of this majestic wilderness and its abundant wildlife, including bears, elk, moose and bighorn sheep.

The Montana refuge is part of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park—1,800 square miles of what naturalist John Muir called “The best care-killing scenery on the continent." Multihued summits—whittled by ancient glaciers into walls and horns—rise abruptly from gently rolling plains. Some 762 lakes, dozens of glaciers, and innumerable waterfalls glisten in forested valleys. A scenic highway crosses the park, making much of its beauty accessible to the casual visitor. More than 700 miles of trails await hikers and horseback riders.

Landscapes so big and open and rugged that they stretch your soul. Craggy peaks jutting into the sky and the resident mountain goats to match. A gravity defying two-lane road named, appropriately enough, the Going-to-the-Sun Road. With wildflowers, alpine vistas and waterfalls along the way, this will be an experience that you won’t forget.

I'm coming to Montana to enjoy the scenery, so we'll definitely take the time to experience it while hiking... Most of the hikes I'll be doing will be between 10-18 mile day hikes. It would be a shame to rush through everything!

RSVP STATUS:

Please only RSVP if you are serious about attending! Anybody that has a history of high maintenance, flaking or bad attendance will be moved off this event unless I get a call from you... Veteran and regular members will get preference. If I'm going to be hanging out with you in the woods for 9 days, I should not have a secret desire to strangle you because you want to hike in flip flops and cover yourself in bacon grease so the grizzlies can eat us...

Tentative Schedule: (Subject To Change)

Day 1: (July 19)

  • Closest airport is Kalispell. We'll rent a car and drive to the park. (45 minutes)
  • Looking at campground and cabin options. (Leaning towards cabins since we can party at night, without being bothered by rangers or bears!)

Days 2-8: (July 20-27)

  • 8 Days to explore and hike as much of the park as we can!
  • I already have a list of the top hikes in the area that I wanted to do. Hikes are mostly intermediate-strenuous. (10-18 miles with[masked] elevation gain) I'll send an email to everyone with the list of hikes and information.

Day 9: (July 28)

  • Arrive back in NYC!

YELLOWSTONE SIDE TRIP:

The plan is to spend 8 days here, hiking every single trail in the park that we can and maybe make a stop at Yellowstone for even more exploring if we have time.

AIRFARE:

You will be responsible for your own airfare!! Please indicate in your RSVP if you have a confirmed ticket.  Prices range from $700-$800 as of now.

LODGING:

Campgrounds or cabins. The prices look great to rent cabins for 10-12 people so far... We might be looking at just $200 each person for 8-9 nights split between all of us. After I buy my ticket, I will work on the lodging and update this event. On a side note, there is a good possibility of coming here again with a small group for a long backpacking trip the next year after... :)

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  • Manny

    This was a spectacular trip and ranks up there with one of the best I've ever organized. Glacier National Park is absolutely beautiful and any pictures we took won't do it justice! We hiked 95+ miles in 8 days and were surrounded by beautiful landscapes everyday. Our plan to see every face of the park with its mountains, meadows, lakes, waterfalls and glaciers all worked out perfectly.

    We encountered almost every animal in the park at some point... mountain goats, ramhorn sheep, bull moose, marmots, grizzlies and much more. A great group of people and really nice house topped it all off. I just wanted to thank everyone that helped me pull this off and helping me create some long lasting memories.

    August 6, 2013

  • Howard

    Welcome back HOAGIES, and thanks for the spectacular pics! The Natural World we live in... Wow, it's alright, ain't it?

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • erika

      sure is howard! you have to see it with your own eyes to fully appreciate it

      July 31, 2013

  • jooy

    wow WOW the few posted pics are spectacular! So-- what's your favorite must-do trail? I'm heading to MT this Friday, so any suggestion would be greatly appreciated! I can't wait! = )

    2 · July 30, 2013

    • jooy

      Thanks so much, y'all! (taking notes...)

      July 31, 2013

    • erika

      jooy, i imagine you guys are doing the grinnell glacier trail & iceberg lake? they're my must dos, although the highline & siyeh are spectacular as well, and dawson-pitamakan! they're all goood!

      July 31, 2013

  • judy

    Glenn, Love your pics you posted. You documented our trip perfectly!

    July 30, 2013

  • Jorge

    I really didn't realize we walked all those miles, every morning I just got up with more energy to hike than the day before to go out and explore, admire and inhale the mountains air and its woods, like Glenn said, pictures can't describe it...... I really enjoyed everything that came along with this trip. Thank you all again.

    4 · July 29, 2013

  • Shirley

    I have never thought I could hike for more than three continuous days but Montana is just too beautiful to not to do so. Thanks for all drivers, you guys earned extra credits of some fancy footwork on winding roads! Thanks for whom helped cooking, cleaning, and sharing your yummy snack/food to the group. Everyone likes quinoa now haha! (Jorge, king-hwa!!!) Thanks for Manny/Glenn/Judy finding the comforting place to stay for the week. Our pictures can tell people how amazing Montana is but can't explain how unforgettable our memories are. I am waiting for my beauty shot from our Asian hiking girl group to get more traffic on Match.com lol. Fun time, cheers everyone!

    4 · July 29, 2013

  • Glenn

    One of the best trips I've ever been on. Glacier National Park is absolutely beautiful, the pictures won't do it justice and there are going to be a lot of pictures. Great wildlife sightings including moose, grizzly bears, longhorn sheep, mountain goats and more. After long hot hikes it felt so good to cool off in the many lakes and streams. We covered a lot of ground in the park and got to see so much in the 95 miles we hiked. Thanks to Manny for putting together this trip and finding us an awesome house to stay in. And thanks to everyone on the trip for making it so much fun. I hope we can return before the glaciers are gone.

    5 · July 29, 2013

    • Shirley

      Agree. Next time we can go for a short backpacking to reunite with our mountain friends :-)

      July 29, 2013

  • Erica W.

    true to his words, this trip was spectacular. Everyday was amazing things to see: mountains, meadows, lakes, waterfalls, wild life...it really can't get any better :)! Not to mention we got a ridiculously nice house to stay in for good part of the week, woot! Thanks a bunch Manny and everyone for making this trip so awesome!

    2 · July 29, 2013

  • Charlotte

    HI Jorge, I d love to go there next year, if you have suggestions/ tips to send me it would be great. How many days do we need? is there some cheap hotel or do we need a tent? is it hard walk with lots of elevation? thanks . my e mail is [masked]

    July 29, 2013

  • Jorge

    Awesome. One of the must beautiful place in the states

    3 · July 29, 2013

  • Tania

    Who left a sock and pant leg!! I am trying to post a pic but for some reason it would allow photo upload yet

    July 28, 2013

  • Kelly K.

    I miss you guys already!!!! But have fun!!!

    July 22, 2013

  • Jorge

    We just landed, the weather is so beautiful

    4 · July 19, 2013

    • Kelly K.

      Hope you're having fun!!! :)

      July 22, 2013

  • Charlotte

    Hi , I would have loved to be there with you but I work. If you plan to come back later let me know !

    July 19, 2013

  • jooy

    Have a fantastic trip y'all & be safe!!! Looking forward to your pics and tips on do's and don'ts... (i'm heading out there too beginning of Aug : )

    July 19, 2013

  • Erica W.

    Hi guys & gals!

    As an alt to the hike on tues (7/23), Judy and I will try some horseback riding by many glaciers. we're doing the Grinnell lake half day ride. If you are interested to join us, check out http://www.swanmountainoutfitters.com/ and give them a ring to reserve :) (we're booked for 12:45 that day)

    July 17, 2013

    • Erica W.

      it's $115 and paid using credit card over the phone.

      July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've booked the ride.

      July 18, 2013

  • Shirley

    7/22 Monday 8am-4pm - I found there is a guided 8 mile hike from glacier institute costs $65 to hike thru bear habitat. I think this is educational to most of us who haven't seen live bears but want to know how to observe. This course is located in West Glacier which Monday night we will be moving to East Glacier. The institute is 7 min away from Glacier Vista Motel(west) and 1 hr 15 min to our glacier house(east).

    I know Monday is scheduled as resting day. I am highly interested in if any driver can drop me off and pick me up or join me!

    http://www.glacierinstitute.org/modules/store/Of-Bears-Berries-July-22-2013_P749581C21817.cfm

    The meeting time, date/day seems a typo but I have another handout says 7/22. So I believe this is correct.

    July 17, 2013

    • Shirley

      I just forward you the class material once you registered. I think bringing a small telescope might be useful too.

      July 17, 2013

    • Glenn

      I just signed up for the course. Yes I am bringing my small spotting scope.

      1 · July 17, 2013

  • Jorge

    Hey guys, who want to do the full day kayak and dinner. Start at 10:00 am. The whole trip is only six hours for only $95.00. Anyone ?

    July 14, 2013

    • Tania

      I am not even thinking this far ahead yet!

      July 16, 2013

    • Erica W.

      I am going to book the kayak thing today, just want to make sure I am booking the same one everyone is thinking about lol...there is a "Full Day Inflatable Kayak with Riverside Lunch" at $95. Is that the one? I couldn't find the full day kayak with dinner on the website: http://www.glacierraf...­

      July 17, 2013

  • erika

    a customer at the store today told me you can take a boat to grinnell glacier; id be into doing that if it's not crazy $$!

    July 16, 2013

    • erika

      you can also hike the grinnell glacier trail

      July 16, 2013

    • Manny

      Yep, the boats are all part of the plan. :) There are at least 2 hikes I wanted to do that include taking the boat shuttles. Grinnell Glacier and the Pitamkin-Dawson loop. It'll cut down on mileage and its something I would prefer to do since its just cooler taking the boat for the views. lol We just have to get there early enough!

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • Manny

    So has everyone been hiking lately?? lol The hikes aren't too strenuous, unless we want them to be and explore more... :P I'll host a couple hikes July 13th-14th just to get together and back in the groove.. Let me know if you guys are available that weekend.

    June 21, 2013

    • Jorge

      Ok thank you Shirley

      July 16, 2013

    • Jorge

      Also I think is a good idea to provide with an ICE number just in case.

      2 · July 16, 2013

  • Shirley

    From Glenn's link - Day Hikes - page 2:
    http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/upload/2012-day-hikes-web.pdf

    I found this is very helpful to read with Manny's hiking Itinerary(from email he sent on Sunday) and to know the geography better. Feel like I need a study group :-D

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Glenn

      Almost every trail description has a part that says its in bear country. My favorite is one trail junction is "a haven for grizzly bears". Every time we come across a field with berries make noise. However with my luck and wildlife we won't see a thing, lol.

      July 15, 2013

    • Jin

      don't say this Glenn! unless you really want to see grizzly! :)

      July 15, 2013

  • Shirley

    Manny just texted you the restaurant we will meet up on Friday night to discuss our trip. This is my Japanese friend's place so we will be able to stay without hassle. Please tell them you are Shirley's party when you arrive, we will have an area somewhat exclusively. See you 7/12 Friday at 8pm!

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • judy

      Thanks Shirley and Manny for setting the dinner..

      1 · July 13, 2013

    • Howard

      Thank you for inviting me. It was very nice to see everyone, in spite of the weather.

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Glenn

    For the first two nights we will be staying at the Vista Motel. It comes out to $64.20 each based on 10 people. Please send me payment when you can. I already paid half for the deposit. You can send through PayPal [masked] and pick option "I'm sending money to family or friends" so I'm not charged the fee.

    April 26, 2013

  • Manny

    I just sent a huge information email to everyone on this trip. PLEASE READ IT!! It details everything you need to know for this big trip. It has 2 attachments. One for the hikes and activities and one on the house details.

    July 14, 2013

  • Glenn

    Here is the site that you can download the July 2013 Ranger-led Activity Schedule and other papers I had last night: http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/inforequest/inforequest3.cfm

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • erika

    is anyone else leaving monday? my flight is at 2 p.m. monday

    July 8, 2013

  • Mariya

    I am arriving on July 19th at 11:37 PM in FCA. Who has a room in his car and will arrive at approximately that time?
    Looking forward to the trip!

    June 25, 2013

    • Mariya

      I am on the same Delta flight from Newark (through Minneapolis) - 896, probably they updated the arrival info. So I will be in your car? We should exchange numbers just in case - mine is[masked]

      June 27, 2013

    • Jin

      I will be on the same Delta flight

      1 · July 5, 2013

  • erika

    2 weeks!

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Charlotte

    Hi Manny,
    Is there any chance to have new available place in this group as I'd love to go in this park. Do you plan to go there later in the year?

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • erika

    hey guys, a co-worker of mine whose daughter went to school in that area of MT told me her favorite restaurant is tupelo grille in whitefish, about 20 miles from kalispell. they specialize in southern/cajun food, seafood, pasta, steaks etc. it's a bit spendy, but would be nice to check out after a long day hiking. check out their menu tupelogrille.com i wanna eat game too whilst there!

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Shirley

    One month away from our Montana trip I am psyched! Thinking we can get together on 7/12(Fri) for dinner in the city to talk about trip agenda and gears to bring etc. Then we can pack or shop gears we do need on that weekend. Thoughts?

    2 · June 20, 2013

    • Erica W.

      Sounds great, I'm down for 7/12

      June 21, 2013

    • erika

      i should be available too!

      June 24, 2013

  • erika

    hey jorge, my flight gets in at 3:50 p.m. friday the 19th; what time are you guys arriving?

    June 24, 2013

  • Manny

    I just booked my rental car via Priceline. The place is in the airport and I will be picking it up at 12:30 am right after my flight arrives. Saved about 60% off published rate. Total is $268.77 for a standard car. (Fits 4-5 people) Let me know how the rest of you guys do on your car rentals.

    June 11, 2013

    • Manny

      On a Standard car

      June 21, 2013

    • Glenn

      I booked a standard car via Priceline for $289.16. Pickup is at airport at 12:30am.

      June 21, 2013

  • Mariya

    Up for a dinner on 07/12 and 'warm up' hikes. I did one with this meetup last Saturday - to Greenwood lake, 15 miles :)

    June 21, 2013

  • Jorge

    Hi Mariya, what time is your fly and what airport

    June 20, 2013

  • Jorge

    Sounds good, jus lets us know where we meeting at

    June 20, 2013

  • Mariya

    Finally got my vacation approved and my ticket! So excited about the trip!

    May 25, 2013

  • Manny

    UPDATE: Everybody on the waiting list is up for a couch or floor spot. If you can book a flight, one of the spots are yours. 12 people total! We have 3 bathrooms and plenty of space so we should be fine.

    April 10, 2013

    • Glenn

      There is also an additional $64.20 for the first two nights at the motel I booked. The $300 is just for the house.

      April 26, 2013

    • Manny

      @Joyce - Not everyone of the 10 people has paid the house lodging as of now. The 2 airbed spots are for friends on the waiting list that really wanted to go but that is still up in the air also... I put a lot of work and time into organizing this trip so I'm not even guaranteed to get all of my money back that I put down for the house... just saying. If there is extra, I will spend it on food/drinks for the house.

      May 7, 2013

  • erika

    hey manny do we have car rentals yet?

    May 2, 2013

    • Manny

      I'm going to book this Friday hopefully via Priceline. I just gotta find out some info on car rentals first.

      May 3, 2013

  • Manny

    Erika just bought a ticket. Looks like she's joining us. :)

    April 26, 2013

    • erika

      I finally found a fare under $700 hallelujah! I already know the good food & beer spots!

      1 · April 26, 2013

  • judy

    Horseback riding and fly fishing sounds good. I'll pass on Inflatable kayaking in the rapids....

    April 10, 2013

    • Manny

      It wasnt that bad! You did great and followed directions.. like your supposed to. lol All those other dudes didn't follow the guide and went kayaking down those class 3 rapids...

      April 10, 2013

    • Toni

      What do you guys think about biking? I see there are some interesting biking trails and roads to explore...

      http://www.glaciercyc...­
      http://lifeoutsidethe...­

      April 14, 2013

  • Jin

    Fly fishing for me NO horseback riding for me!

    April 10, 2013

  • Jorge

    I go for the fly fishing, lets hope grizzly bears ar not around

    April 10, 2013

  • Manny

    Hey, how many would be interested in doing fly fishing and whitewater rafting/horseback riding on a couple days when we are not hiking... I want to definitely mix it up at some point.

    April 10, 2013

    • Manny

      I was actually looking at the same outfitter yesterday. lol They have a pretty cool combo trip of horseback riding and rafting one day. I was thinking of maybe switching that inflatable kayaking to make it more exciting.

      April 10, 2013

    • Manny

      The fly fishing trip got great reviews on tripadvisor, so we'll see what we have time to do.

      April 10, 2013

  • erika

    hey ya'll looking to jump in at the last minute and hopefully grab a ccuch spot!

    3 · April 10, 2013

  • Manny

    Jorge and Joyce are now booked. They will be arriving at Kalispell at 12 noon on Friday. @Jin - Sorry I couldn't tell you sooner that they were booking this flight. Jorge's flight situation was still undecided when driving no longer became an option for him with Tania. That's why it helps when everyone tells me how they are traveling.

    April 8, 2013

    • Jin

      I was going to book that flight but I thought everyone already booked their flight :( I didn't want to be the only one staying at airport for 12 hours lol.

      April 8, 2013

  • Manny

    UPDATE: The house on the East side of Glacier has just been secured! I just mailed payment with the signed rental contract back to the owner. The house is fully loaded with 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Fully Stocked Kitchen, Washer/Dryer, Outdoor Deck, Balcony/Patio, Outdoor BBQ, Mountain Views and a good location!

    It will cost about $300 per person for 6 nights from 7/22 to 7/28. Check-in is 3 pm and Check-out is 10 am. Most of our flights will be leaving well before then at 6 am on Sunday. If you are able to send the lodging payment so my check doesn't bounce, I would appreciate it.. lol It was a large deposit to pay at one time!

    1 · April 3, 2013

    • Glenn

      We also have secured two rooms that I booked at the Vista Motel in West Glacier for the two nights of July 20 - 22. Comes out to $64.20 each based on 10 people. Check in is at 4:00PM and check out 11:00AM.
      The rooms are a triple queen room (sleeps 6) and a double queen/twin room (sleeps 5).

      April 3, 2013

    • Tania

      Is there a link or photos/address for this house ?

      April 8, 2013

  • Tania

    I am thinking I might not get there until Monday with the drive. I have a commitment Saturday on the east coast and think I would try to leave right after so getting there Monday or Tuesday.

    April 8, 2013

  • Manny

    Jorge and Joyce are planning on leaving from JFK earlier on Friday and will get their before most of us at midnight... I'm hoping that they secure one of the first rental cars. :) If you want info on their flight itinerary, please text me.

    April 8, 2013

    • Jin

      ugh, i could book that flight but too late now :(

      April 8, 2013

  • Tania

    Dips on floor since I got booted off the going list

    April 2, 2013

    • Manny

      lol So are you really driving up there T-Patch? The house sleeps 10.. But if you are 100% sure you're joining us I will add you again. There are at least 3 others willing to take the spot.. I have to give them a few months notice to book a flight before it gets too expensive or no space left. We're hiking at a popular time to visit.

      April 2, 2013

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  • Manny
    Flying Squirrel - HOAGies founding member!, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • judy
    Non-Summer Hiking Ninja
  • erika
    Maineiac
  • Tania
    T-Patch!
  • Jin
    Queen of Vacations
  • Shirley
    Made in Taiwan
  • Glenn
    King of Vermont, Assistant Organizer
  • Jorge
    Lone Wolf
  • Toni
    King of Tango
  • A former member

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