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August Glacier NP Adventure -- with optional extension to Island Park Idaho
Monday August 15th to Monday August 22nd
Glacier National Park
UPDATE (23 APRIL 2022): APGAR CAMPGROUND IS NOW OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS AT https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/10171274 THERE ARE STILL SITES AVAILABLE FOR OUR DATES (PROBABLY BECAUSE THE CONCESSIONAIRE HASN'T ANNOUNCED THAT IT IS OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS YET). THIS IS THE PREFERRED CAMPGROUND, AS IT ALLOWS CAMPERS TO BE IN THE PARK FOR THE DURATION OF THE STAY WITHOUT HAVING TO LINE UP AT ENTRANCE GATES TO ENTER THE PARK EVERY MORNING.
Update (Feb 2022): We will be at Emery Bay Campground (25ish miles outside of the park) since no sites inside the park are currently available
How about escaping the August heat with a trip to Glacier National Park?
This is a do-your-own-thing outing. Everyone is in charge of their own reservations and meal planning. We will organize optional evening get-togethers where like-minded individuals are welcome to coordinate outings to hike, kayak or explore the area. Socially distanced practices will be observed. Some could choose to meet at trailheads while other may decide to carpool.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a famous drive providing breathtaking scenery of Glacier National Park. Some attendees have purchased tickets for the Red Bus tour of Going-to-the-Sun Road on August 17 (9:30a - 4:30p). There are many great hikes in the park and outfitters in the surrounding communities that will be happy to take you rafting or adventuring.
We will take turns hosting a social-distanced campfire in the evenings providing an opportunity for some adult company, friendly discussion of our outings and experiences, and possible plans for the next day. These are low-key bring-your-own lawn chair and beverage type events.
OPTIONAL ISLAND PARK EXTENSION – August 23rd or 24th to 27th:
Those that are not in a rush to get back to the Salt Lake Valley may choose to add on an extension with a camping stop-over in the Island Park Idaho area for a few nights. There are a number of attractive campgrounds in the Island Park area and we are focusing our efforts on the Buttermilk Campground in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The park has 20 miles of hiking trails and is near the Henry’s Fork River. Google maps says the drive from West Glacier down to Island Park is about 7 hours, so I will plan to make that a two-day drive and arrive on the 23rd.
Buttermilk Campground reservations: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233826
Join me at Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon between Eugene and Klamath Falls Monday September 5-9 to enjoy the splendour of this miraculous lake. I promised myself 30 years ago that I would come back to this lake. Hook-up sites are fully booked but there are water only sites in Mazama Campground. Enjoy warm days and cool nights, hiking, boat tour, license-free fishing, evening ranger programs and swimming if you can bear very cold water. See Crater Lake Lodge built in 1915. Unfortunately, personal water craft are not permitted and swimming is permitted at only one location. Crater Lake is nearly 2,000 feet deep - the deepest lake in the USA. The lake sits at about 6,000 ft elevation but due to its depth it never freezes. This is bear country so food stuffs must be stored in locked vehicles. Specific sites are not bookable - the campground host assigns sites upon arrival. Coin operated showers are available as is a camp store. Book a campsite at: www.travelcraterlake.com After this trip I will be visiting friends and family in Oregon then heading to the coast for some beach time! It is a 11 hour drive to CLNP from SLC.