I’m going to visit GNP with my family during Sep 15-17th: Four adults, two youths and two elders around 60(the elders are not good at hiking).
Here's my plan, please give me some advice, thanks a lot!
Sep 15th: arrive west glacier at 2pm, then drive along the Going-to-the-sun road to the east. Along the way, take a few stops at Sunrift Gorge, Sun Point, Rising Sun, and we’d hike Saint Mary Falls/Virginia Falls Trail(and/or baring falls trail) and take some dusk photos at wild goose island. Stay at swiftcurrent inn for the night.
Sep 16th: take the 8:30 am boat to hike Grinnell Glacier Trail. I heard the last part is pretty steep and difficult for old people, so we may not go all the way to the end before we return. Later that day, maybe I’ll hike Swiftcurrent Nature Trail with my wife. In the night we’ll stay at motel outside the east entrance.
Sep 17th: take sunrise photo at wild goose island in the early morning, then hike the Hidden Lake Trail(we’d like to go all the way down to the lakeside). After lunch, we’d like to rent a kayak for an hour in the McDonad Lake. In the afternoon we drive along GTTS road to the west and leave west glacier.
The following are some questions I’m considering:
1. Any suggestions for the trail choices? Basically we’d like to hike some easy or moderate trail with nice views, not too long, as my parents are not good at hiking. Considering the mid-September season, are the trails I chose easy to hike in mid September? As there won’t be any flowers I guess, will those trails still be beautiful?
2. Which lake is the best for kayaking?
3. Is there anything to do at night in the GNP? Is it dangerous to be outside in the dark?