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“Anew time to visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park
MT 59936
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Missoula, Montana
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“Anew time to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We have been to Glacier so many times, but never in the early winter. We drove to West Glacier, entered the park and drove to Avalanche Lake campground for a hike. Along the way we stopped to view the many pieces of McDonald Falls. Everywhere we looked there were what I call spray icicles. These are icicles that form as a creek (McDonald or Avalanche) sprays water on nearby rocks or branches. They were beautiful and in a wide variety of shapes. We visited in early November and there was no snow, but it was slightly below freezing. There is little wind on the west side of the park, and it was actually nice to hike the short circle around Trail of the Cedars. I will try this again next year or maybe in early Spring to see how things change.

Visited November 2012
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“Grizzlies, Black Bears, Moose, Mountain Goats, Red Wolf??”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We went by train from Washington DC for our 25th wedding anniversary from September 10 to the 21st. Train trip is the subject of another review.
Glacier is amazingly beautiful.
Stayed at the Many Glaciers Hotel right on Swiftcurrent Lake. Arrived at the hotel after dark and could not see much but we were amazed at the view we awoke to outside our lakefront window. The lake was like a mirror that reflected the mountain peaks that glowed a pinkish hue from the morning sun. Awsome! Saw a black bear and a sow moose swimming in Swiftcurrent lake in the afternoon. Took the boat tour and hike from Swiftcurrent Lake to the end of Lake Josephine. A young bull moose was waiting near the dock at the far side of Lake Josephine. He began to charge back and forth splashing and crashing through the water running in a 300 foot arc about 100 feet from the boat. The guides explained it was mating season. This lasted about 15 to 20 minutes and we could not dock until he took off into the woods. I estimate a couple of thousand pictures taken in that time. Some very relieved people who had been standing on the boat dock got on the boat and some very apprehensive people disembarked for the hike to Grinnel Glacier. We stayed on the boat and returned to Many Glacier Hotel to get in our rental car (Avis at Glacier Trading Company, excellent service, sell beer, wine, food, rent cars, even picked us up at the train station, good breakfast at the cafe next door) and drive across the Going to the Sun Road as it was the last day it was to be open. The drive was beautiful but a bit crowded since it was the last day.
Stayed at Lake McDonald Lodge that night, took the Lake McDonald Boat tour at 5pm, saw a huge old bull moose knee deep in water and eating that just stared at our boat and then proceeded to swim across the lake with just his huge rack and head above water. Had a great meal at Russells Fireside in the lodge (all the restaurants we ate in at both Many Glacier and Lake McDonald Lodge were excellent) and drank some Huckleberry margaritas and stared out at the lake then sat in the beautiful lobby. Got up early the next morning and drove the southern border along route 2 back to Many Glacier and hit the Two Medicine area along the way. This is an amazing drive as well and much less crowded. We were all alone on the shore of Upper Two Medicine Lake and it was a beautiful spot. Stopped at the Park Cafe for lunch, had fish and chips which was made with salmon, awesome. Great pie also, but remember, they don't make huckleberry pie!
Took a day trip up to Waterton Lakes-Glacier International Peace Park in Canada and went to Goat Haunt Ranger station via boat. Saw a grizzly on the side of the road leaving Many Glacier area in the morning and then saw what we believe was a Red Wolf in Canada, have pictures, compared to drawings and pics of coyote and it is just to big, different ears and different shape of head to be a coyote. Traveled back to Many Glacier and saw a huge grizzly on the beach of Lake Sherburne lumbering down into the water to take a swim as we were driving by. We were alone on that same beach the previous day taking pictures until we saw bear tracks all over the place and decided to head back to the car. When this grizzly laid down on the beach in a swale he disappeared completely from our view, but he was still there. Highly recommend this park, get up early to avoid the crowds, hike in groups, carry bear spray and make some noise to keep the bears away.

Visited September 2012
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“Stunning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I cannot rave enough about Glacier NP; it is breathtaking, serene, isolated, and packs a punch to your senses. I never felt crowded or rushed, as I have in bigger national parks, and it felt more "real"...whatever that means to you...in the sense that it was less inhabited and marketed. The views are stunning, simply put, and it is worth an afternoon of your day.

Visited July 2012
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Snow Covered Peaks, Waterfalls, and Stunning Scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Took the Going to the Sun road early during the week of the 4th of July. There was little traffic and we were able to go up to the top without stopping. The pull-offs were perfectly placed for pictures. The visitor's center was still covered in snow. We hiked around on the snow for a while (didn't do a trail, just played in the snow). We brought lunch with us and ate it sitting on the wall on the far end of the parking lot. The visitor's center at the east side of the park was nice as well. The Native American information was helpful in understanding how important it is for us to take care of these national treasures.

Even in July, most of the trails were covered in snow. Most of them were still closed. We did not plan to hike here but did enjoy playing in the snow.

Visited July 2012
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Seminole, Florida
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“Very pretty views”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

In comparing Glacier national park to Yosemite or Yellowstone national parks, both of the latter parks rate higher. I really enjoyed my trip to Glacier, the hiking trails were very well groomed. The only real downfall was the amount of people on the trails. I definitely didn't get away from it all!! Plus, I was really nervous because people brought their babies in their arms and tiny children to just run around. The hiking trails in many places are very narrow and I had visions of children falling off the mountains to certain death. Yes, we did see a black bear, some mountain sheep and elk on this trip.

Visited August 2012
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