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  • cjones
    started a topic Family trip to Glacier NP area

    Family trip to Glacier NP area

    We're planning a trip out to Glacier NP area this coming summer. Looking for tips for things that are 'must see/do' as well as 'must NOT do' or "don't be a sucker for...".

    Travel party will be my family (wife + boys 6 & 4), in-laws (both pushing 70 y/o), and bro-in-law and his two boys (11 & 8), so we'll be a fairly large group to keep herded together. My wife and I are planning to use this as a scouting trip so we can go back with just our family to do the trip 'right'.

    At this point, all we know is that we're thinking of staying somewhere near Glacier NP - don't know if that means camping or hotel'ing it.

    Timeframe would probably be later in the summer right before school starts back unless I discover that is the absolute WORST time to visit the area.

    Tips/pointers from those more well traveled?

    CJ

  • KnotSlippin'
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    Originally posted by cjones View Post
    My ears have been perking up when I hear mention of MT area on weather reports, and it seems like they've been getting hammered every week up there. At this point, I may just leave the fishing gear at home and use the space for better camera gear.
    Yes, we've been getting hammered this year. Great for skiing! Great for the snow pack! Great for ag producers who pull water out of streams and rivers! Great for fishes! This is the time of year, however, that nearly everyone in Montana is looking forward to longer days and more sunshine.

    Like others have said, the weather during an early June trip to Glacier might prevent you from doing much fishing. That said, if the weather stays cool for the few days before your trip, that may keep the snow up in the mountains rather than melting and moving downstream. If that's the case, you'd be golden for some quiet time in the water.

    Have fun and enjoy your trip!

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  • raptor
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    Originally posted by cjones View Post
    He's a LEO and apparently they only schedule shifts a few months out. Go figure.

    My ears have been perking up when I hear mention of MT area on weather reports, and it seems like they've been getting hammered every week up there. At this point, I may just leave the fishing gear at home and use the space for better camera gear.
    At this point, you can not control the weather or the schedules of other family members. You will be there with less crowds and beautiful scenery to enjoy. Glacier is a special place and the Amtrak train experience will be something that your family will always remember. You all will have a wonderful time and I look forward to reading about your adventure.

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  • I_got_skunked
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    Originally posted by cjones View Post
    He's a LEO and apparently they only schedule shifts a few months out. Go figure.

    My ears have been perking up when I hear mention of MT area on weather reports, and it seems like they've been getting hammered every week up there. At this point, I may just leave the fishing gear at home and use the space for better camera gear.
    Alpine lakes will be your best bet. It's an amazingly addicting way to fish.

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  • cjones
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    Originally posted by Stinkbait View Post
    Tell your brother in law to get a new job. I haven't been there in years (decades actually) but you won't be able to drive more than a few miles of "Going to the Sun" or access the high country. https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hours.htm

    The Rockies generally are experiencing a scary low snow pack this winter, but not Montana. The Glacier area currently appears to be about 120% of normal. http://mtpr.org/post/montana-snowpac...y-across-state
    He's a LEO and apparently they only schedule shifts a few months out. Go figure.

    My ears have been perking up when I hear mention of MT area on weather reports, and it seems like they've been getting hammered every week up there. At this point, I may just leave the fishing gear at home and use the space for better camera gear.

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  • Stinkbait
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    Tell your brother in law to get a new job. I haven't been there in years (decades actually) but you won't be able to drive more than a few miles of "Going to the Sun" or access the high country. https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hours.htm

    The Rockies generally are experiencing a scary low snow pack this winter, but not Montana. The Glacier area currently appears to be about 120% of normal. http://mtpr.org/post/montana-snowpac...y-across-state

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  • bamapatriot
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    Two Medicine on the eastern side of the park is beautiful, and usually not as crowded. Good/great fishing from shore in Two Medicine Lake. Canoe rentals are available. If you're flyfishing from shore, a sinking line or at least a sink-tip is recommended

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  • narcodog
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    You will love the trip along the "High Line".

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  • cjones
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    Originally posted by Upstream View Post
    Hmm. Your first post said you were planning to go the end of summer just before school starts. If you'd mentioned June, I suspect you'd have gotten a pretty standard warning about runoff clogging the streams, and the strong possibility of snow messing with your trip, even if you're not fishing. A quick google produced this link, showing the Going to the Sun Road (yes, an awesome ride) opened fully on June 28 last year.

    https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/news/media17-29.htm

    I've only been in that area in August, but in general, in the northern Rockies, if fishing, I'd plan a trip in June only if that was the only time I could go, and I'd expect to be flexible in terms of any and all planned activities. Sounds like fishing isn't on the agenda (and Glacier's not usually a prime destination for that), and you should be able to do some hiking somewhere (maybe just lower elevations, weather depending) but be cautious of using others' experience that's based later in the summer; for instance, bears will be in different places, seeking different food in June vs. August.

    Are you doing the train? That'd be interesting, I bet. Have fun. Beautiful place.
    Originally posted by I_got_skunked View Post
    I'd imagine June will be a lot of snow and ice (glaciers) on some good trails and gtts road might be closed.

    Unfortunately, we are constrained by the schedule of the other travelers on this trip. Our original plan was last week of July but that got changed due my bil's work schedule. We're Delta'ing up to Minneapolis where we'll meet up with the rest of the group and take Amtrak out to Whitefish. It's also much shorter amount of time on-site than I had hoped, but at this point I'm just happy that we're getting to go at all.

    Sorry to hear that fishing will be severely sub-par that time of the year, but it should still be a memorable trip and give us intel for WHEN we go back on our own in the future.

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  • I_got_skunked
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    I'd imagine June will be a lot of snow and ice (glaciers) on some good trails and gtts road might be closed.

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  • Upstream
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    Originally posted by cjones View Post
    Things are coming together. We're booked in a cabin at the West Glacier KOA Jun 10 - 13. Relatively short time there considering how long it takes to get there, but this will be a scouting trip on the in-laws dime for when we want to go back ourselves.

    Now to more detailed planning stage..
    Hmm. Your first post said you were planning to go the end of summer just before school starts. If you'd mentioned June, I suspect you'd have gotten a pretty standard warning about runoff clogging the streams, and the strong possibility of snow messing with your trip, even if you're not fishing. A quick google produced this link, showing the Going to the Sun Road (yes, an awesome ride) opened fully on June 28 last year.

    https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/news/media17-29.htm

    I've only been in that area in August, but in general, in the northern Rockies, if fishing, I'd plan a trip in June only if that was the only time I could go, and I'd expect to be flexible in terms of any and all planned activities. Sounds like fishing isn't on the agenda (and Glacier's not usually a prime destination for that), and you should be able to do some hiking somewhere (maybe just lower elevations, weather depending) but be cautious of using others' experience that's based later in the summer; for instance, bears will be in different places, seeking different food in June vs. August.

    Are you doing the train? That'd be interesting, I bet. Have fun. Beautiful place.
    Last edited by Upstream; 01-26-18, 04:22 PM.

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  • cjones
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    Things are coming together. We're booked in a cabin at the West Glacier KOA Jun 10 - 13. Relatively short time there considering how long it takes to get there, but this will be a scouting trip on the in-laws dime for when we want to go back ourselves.

    Now to more detailed planning stage..

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  • cjones
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    Great tips, folks. Keep them coming if you have them.

    Early planning looks like we may airline it to Minneapolis and then the whole group take the train from there out to MT. So that should be interesting.

    Still not sure about lodging, but based on what I've seen here, we'll be sure to get that finalized sooner rather than later.

    Thanks again,
    CJ

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  • raptor
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    Glacier NP is wonderful!

    My family spent about a week in that area last summer. We stayed in White Fish which is really a great location. Near the park and other adventures and a really interesting town with great lodging, restaurants, shops, etc... My son worked at St. Mary's many years ago and I love that area and lodge as well. It is near some good fishing too. But, you are a long way from a town. As other said, the "sun" road is one of the most scenic drives I have ever traveled. But, it is crowded and will take a half day to go both ways. Also, my family enjoyed hiking on the many trails and taking a white water raft trip. Did not do any fishing in the area, but I saw of lot of folks on the streams and rivers. There are some great outfitters right before you get to the west entrance of the park. I am going to attempt to attach a few images..
    stream near St. Mary's
    Glacier Lake
    Family on "sun" road.
    Last edited by raptor; 09-16-18, 04:52 PM.

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  • I_got_skunked
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    If you do go the camping route, this site will be your best friend for planning when you need to show up where to get a spot:

    https://home.nps.gov/applications/gl...s/cgstatus.cfm

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