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Family Itinerary Help

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Family Itinerary Help

Hello,

Our family was fortunate enough to secure a campsite at Many Glacier for four days in the last week of June. (We’ll be spending another four days in Whitefish following our time on the eastside) We’re a family of four with two active 9-year-old boys. We’ve never been to GNP. We’re prepared to hike all four days. We’re looking for some advice and recommendations on appropriate hikes / activities for our family while staying on the east side of the park: a partial drive on GTSR, renting a boat on a lake, a day trip to Two Medicine? With so many possibilities, it’s a little overwhelming to try to plan. Would appreciate some quick thoughts from those with experience, particularly with kids. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Family Itinerary Help

4 nights neans 3 days...

One day to many glacier boat then grinnell kake hike. Do other hikes around nany glacier

Another day go to rising sun then take bus to ligand oass and explore.

Other day am two medicine boat and hike, on many glacier area

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For Glacier hiking be prepared to carry and drink water so you do not dehydrate and get sick...even if its cool or cold. Wear comfortable shoes that can give you grip and can take you through some snow and mud. You can rent kayaks and canoes on some of the lakes...the water will be very cold and you should be prepared to feel the cold out on the water. It will still be cool/cold at night, near snow or in shade.

When you are not hiking with a ranger carry bear spray. It is like a life insurance policy...learn how to use it. It must be in a holster and not in a backpack. The bears are out in force. They do not stalk you but if surprised will run at you. You can rent it or buy it in Apgar. Read about bear safety while hiking and camping in Glacier. goglacieroutfitters.com/glacier-outfitters-r…

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First evening, relax and take the short walk to Fishercap Lake to have the boys look for the moose.

https:/…hikingmanyglacier.htm

Full day #1...take the two lake boat tour/ranger led hike toward Grinnell Lake. Right now it says the Grinnell Glacier hike begins July 15 and the Grinnell Lake Ranger led hike began on June 9th. The trail to the Glacier will not be fully clear by the last week of June...you may be able to walk independently for a ways. Make reservations now since you have your dates set. glacierparkboats.com/tour/many-glacier/

Full day #2...Day trip down to Two Medicine via the scenic 89/49. More hiking and a boat tour. Drive into East Glacier Park from there to dinner at Serrano's if you like Mexican Food. It opens at 5. Get there early to get into the first wave of seating.

https:/…hikingtwomedicine.htm Drop into the Lodge there to see its famous huge tree-lined atrium lobby, shop the gift shop and hit the restrooms.

http://www.serranosmexican.com glacierparkboats.com/glacier-park-boat-renta…

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDir…

Full day #3...Drive up along the east side of the GTTSR and stop at overlooks, hike St Mary/Virginia Falls which will be rushing full this year in June, stop at Sunrift Gorge. If the road is open you can drive to Logan Pass but the Hidden Lake Overlook and the Highline will still have snow and may be closed part way. Its still beautiful up there, so look around and look for mountain goats and Gracie our "Bark Ranger". Again check the trail status reports.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bark-ra…

Rimrock handline projected installation: 6/29/18 that is at the Highline's cliff section just beyond the meadow below the parking lot.

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The day you drive over to Whitefish, if the GTTSR is open drive over all the way. If it is not open, use the 89/49 to East Glacier Park Village again and take the #2 over to West Glacier. Stop at Avalanche on the west side...about 15 miles north of West Glacier.. Hike the Trail of the Cedars/Avalanche Lake...about 6 miles. ToC alone is 1 mile. Stop at overlooks.

Stop at Lake McDonald Lodge to look around. Enjoy the Apgar area, do some shopping (don't miss the Montana House for all made Montana arts and souvenirs) and then take the drive up to Polebridge to visit its famous off-the-grid Mercantile Bakery. You take the Camas Exit from Apgar and then drive the OUTER Northfork Road (after you cross the bridge). Think Huckleberry Bear Claws and other goodies. You will not be alone. http://polebridgemerc.com https://www.facebook.com/polebridgemerc

After Polebridge drive back to Apgar/West Glacier and take the #2/40 over to Whitefish.

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Whitefish and nearby areas:

So your first day/night will be mostly used up. Have a nice dinner. MacKensie River Pizza is really good but there are a lot of choices in Whitefish. Watch Sunset from the back patio of the Lodge on Whitefish Lake. Its also good for a casual

dinner with views and on another day you can rent boats/kayaks at the marina there without being guests.

lodgeatwhitefishlake.com/amenities/marina

See what is up and going up on Whitefish Mountain. There is the scenic gondola, the Danny On trails, Zip Lines and the Alpine Slide. A lot may be open since the mountain faces south and has been melted out for a while now.

http://skiwhitefish.com/summer/

Whitefish has a wonderful little shopping/dining area...all unique. Whitefish also has a nice trail system. Check this map and look at the green lines and brown dotted lines. whitefishlegacy.org/site/wp-content/uploads/… railstotrailsofnwmt.com/images/whitefishMap.…

Breakfast one day at Loula's. Or go there to buy one of their famous pies. They bake many varieties a day. They are so famous that they were included in a hardcover book seeking the best pies in America. Sweet Peaks Ice Cream in Whitefish is a nice treat. You can go out to City Beach on the south end of Whitefish Lake.

There is tax-free shopping at the Big Box Stores 12 miles south of Whitefish on the north end of Kalispell...also a nice multiplex theater and a Coldstone Creamery.

Drive down to Bigfork on the Bay. Its a great little arts town overlooking the bay at the NE corner of Flathead Lake. Pocketstone Cafe is real good...avoid noon lunch hour as it gets too busy. https://bigfork.org https:/…

https:/… railstotrailsofnwmt.com/images/bigforkMap.pdf

Drive down to Lakeside on the NW corner of the Flathead Lake. Scroll down for lake and other area activities...have lunch at the Tamarack Brewery and Grill...its good and family friendly. gonorthwest.com/Montana/…Lakeside.htm https://www.tamarackbrewing.com/lakeside

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3. Re: Family Itinerary Help

Thank you so much for those detailed recommendations. That will help us tremendously! Very much looking forward to our time in GNP!

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4. Re: Family Itinerary Help

If you go down to Two Medicine, do the boat tour of Two Medicine Lake and easy hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake. Your odds are very high you will see moose at Upper Two Medicine Lake.

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