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rfloyd99

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Posted: 02/27/20 10:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great information, everyone. Please continue!

We are definitely going, planning to arrive there 8/14, for about a week. Will no doubt benefit from this information.

Any tips on places to not miss? Hikes, views, etc. Our limit on hikes is about two miles, unfortunately. Lived in Colorado for 30 years, so am familiar with mountain hiking, just getting old...

We will be traveling to Glacier from Yellowstone, and have a week to spend on the way. Anyone have favorite places to see/stay in western MT?

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Quite a bit of info you don't need - but some you might...
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10-15 years ago GNP was easy to find a campsite, 3 years ago when I went we got there early before noon and the web site and sign out front said full we were able to get one site. For YSNP there are always the NFS CG's in west yellow stone to stay in like Bakers Hole CG and that is easier to find a site. If you stay off site go into the park in late afternoon and drive the wild life loop in the northern part of the park you have a greater chance of seeing animals late afternoon until dusk. We saw about 2 grizzlies and 4 black bears one was a cinnamon black bear at that time. Both parks have good fishing caught a huge cutthroat trout in Yellow stone lake and many smaller ones in GNP along with a 22 in lake trout in a stream also. No fishing licence is required in GNP.

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Hikes not to miss. Yellowstone. Fairy Falls then past it to Imperial Gyser. Glacier Ice berg lake from Many Glacier. Garden Wall for about 4 miles then return. Also on days with no views. Leave from the Sunset Point and easy hike by St Mary Falls to Virginina falls. Many cascades along as well. Love that hike.

I'll be heading out to Glacier for the 4th time in Sept. Hopefully St. Mary's Campground will have only hard sided vechicle camping due to Bear problems like in the past year or year before. This makes it easy to first come site's.

Last year I was there right after labor day and with the Bear warnings it made it easy to get a site.

I have reservations in Many Glacier at Site #090 and wonder if it will take my shortbox F350 and Lance truck camper ok.

Anyone going to Many Glacier this season? would you check it out and let me know if it's a great site. I tried for a while to get the reservation and finally got it today.

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Something to consider, if actual glaciers are of interest, you might want to consider time up in Banff, 4-5 hours to the north of Glacier NP. Not too much further given you are coming up from Florida.


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katleman wrote:

Something to consider, if actual glaciers are of interest, you might want to consider time up in Banff, 4-5 hours to the north of Glacier NP. Not too much further given you are coming up from Florida.


That's true, just north of Banff is Glacier Parkway where you can almost drive up to a glacier and you can walk on one and take a snowcat tour over the glacier. One of the big CG will be closed in 2020 tho so that will make it harder to find a spot to camp. Banff itself has Lake Louise a definite cannot miss sight.

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I have only been to Glacier once on Labor Day. I found to be very crowded with no where to park. I went up the Going to the Sun highway and had leave without getting out of the truck.

This park has a short season and the visitors are compressed between late June and Labor Day. I will not be going back. I love Yellowstone and have been going for 60 years, but not in summer.

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Glacier is wonderful and we have never found it to be very crowded in late June. But bring BEAR SPRAY and be aware of the precautions regarding bear safety. On the hiking trails, we saw so many bears and had so many close encounters. No attacks, but can be scary at times. Many grizzlies in GNP.

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kmb1966 wrote:

Glacier is wonderful and we have never found it to be very crowded in late June. But bring BEAR SPRAY and be aware of the precautions regarding bear safety. On the hiking trails, we saw so many bears and had so many close encounters. No attacks, but can be scary at times. Many grizzlies in GNP.


Yeah we did see a bear but it wasn't all that close on a hike once.

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We enjoyed the KOA very much. And they had rental cars onsite


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