I've already learned so much from TA but am still trying to figure out a rough plan for GNP and hikes that we would enjoy. My husband, almost 12 yo, and myself will be visiting GNP the 3rd week of July 2019. We are in good physical shape but do not have a ton of hiking experience. We will be coming to GNP following 9 full days in the Tetons, YNP, and Cody. I've tried to include different sites and activities since I don't think we can hike for 15 days :-) We will be spending the night in Helena, MT and driving to east Glacier from Helena. (We have a full day of things to do so we are stopping in Helena. We are not going to drive straight from YNP to GNP.) I'd love to see Cracker Lake but it sounds bear-y scary :-) and I don't know where we could fit it in or if my daughter would be into that much more hiking.
Day 1: Drive from Helena to the east side of Glacier. Is there somewhere good to have lunch in East Glacier Village or near there? I'm thinking of heading to St. Mary after lunch to hike to VA Falls. Then drive to Many Glacier. Check out Fishercap Lake and maybe hike to Redrock Falls. Planning to sleep at Swiftcurrent. (I've considered Two Medicine for this afternoon but don't know if VA Falls is too much for day 3.)
Day 2: Boat ride and ranger-led hike to Grinnel Glacier. Fishercap and check out Many Glacier Lodge. Sleep at Swiftcurrent.
Day 3: Try to catch the sunrise at Goose Island. Drive GTTSR. Hike Highline to Haystack and maybe Hidden Lake. Continue to west side. I'm assuming this will be a full day or would we have time/energy to do VA Falls this morning and change day 1 to Two Medicine? Sleep in Columbia Falls. (Already have a place booked.)
Day 4: Visit Polebridge, Whitewater Rafting, Trail of Cedars.
Day 6: Fly out early from Kalispell
Thanks for reading and for any feedback!!!