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Old 01-26-18, 10:17 PM   #11
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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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Old 01-27-18, 04:01 PM   #12
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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.
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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.

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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Old 01-27-18, 04:48 PM   #13
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You will love the trip along the "High Line".
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Old 02-13-18, 02:59 PM   #14
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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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Old 02-13-18, 04:56 PM   #15
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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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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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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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Old 02-26-18, 10:16 PM   #18
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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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Old 03-07-18, 11:48 AM   #19
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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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Old 06-18-18, 02:47 PM   #20
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Got back from our trip to Glacier last Friday evening. 26 hr train ride out there and 27ish on the way back. Train ride was a great way (at least I think so) to see the landscape changes through N. Dakota and Montana. MT definitely lives up to its 'Big Sky Country' nickname.

As expected, I didn't get to do much fishing on this trip. We spent first day hiking to Avalanche Lake, second day we did the boat tour of Lake McDonald, and poked around Apgar area a bit, third day we attempted to take the kids (4, 6, 8, 11) for some bank fishing at McDonald, which went pretty much exactly like I expected -- about 10 casts of catching nothing followed by chucking rocks into the lake. I did manage to get a couple of casts with the Renegade 9' 5wt that I won in the TU raffle last year, which was good.

After our fishing expedition had reached its limit, we loaded back up and drove up Inside North Fork Road looking for wildlife. Didn't see much more than something that looked like a prairie dog and some bear scat on one of the side trails. The road was closed at Camas Creek, which I wish I had found earlier in the day. Even with high water on the other streams due to runoff, this creek I'm sure was still wadable and looked very 'fishy' (and 'beary', too).

Road to the Sun was closed at Avalanche Lake trailhead, so we never explored into the eastern side of the park at all. It snowed a bit the night/morning that we got there, but by the time we left, the only snow left was on the highest peaks and eastern side of the mountains.

It was definitely an abbreviated trip, but my wife and I are already talking about WHEN we go back. Looks like they have a single direct flight from ATL -> Kalispell on Saturdays during the summer, so that will make the trip easier next time.

Now for some pics...

Sunrise on the train in eastern North Dakota.



Train'ing through Montana.



Big Sky Country living up to its name



Avalanche Creek was roaring...





"...and a river runs through it..."



Wintry mix of sleet, snow, and rain at Avalanche Lake



Camas Creek at 10:30pm



Life goals = live in the abandoned cabin by the lake with this view just east of Glacier NP



One last sunset as we head into Minot, ND heading home.

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