Glacier National Park in 4 days

Glacier National Park, Montana is considered to be one of the most gorgeous national parks in the US. We went there in September 2020. It wasn’t snowing but the weather was still pretty erratic with random cold showers during the day. So, I would recommend going no later than August. Also, the east side, which has native American reservations were closed to prevent COVID-19 spread.

Dressing in at least three layers is highly recommended as the weather changes dramatically with heights and the time of the day.

Day 1

We entered from the western side, which almost everyone uses, and drove to the furthest possible point, Rising sun, on “going to the sun road”, the main road through the park.

Rising Sun

Rising Sun

This also provides the best view of the second largest lake, St. Mary’s Lake.

Then, we drove westwards (back) to check out Sunrift Gorge. It can be seen via a very small hike.

Rift George

Rift George

From here, we did a small hike to Baring Falls

Baring Falls

Baring Falls

And then we did a long ~10-mile round-trip hike to Siyeh Pass.

Siyeh Pass Trailhead

Siyeh Pass Trailhead

Siyeh Pass

Siyeh Pass

Driving further westward, we stopped and hiked to St. Mary’s Falls.

Saint Mary's Falls

Saint Mary’s Falls

Day 2

We decided to do a long hike here, a 17-mile round-trip which starts from Logan Pass trailhead to go to Granite Park chalet. I would recommend doing a small 2-mile detour at the end to check out Grinnell Glacier. The hike is called Highline trail and true to its name, it is mostly along a cliff. I wouldn’t recommend it for someone with acrophobia.

We did see a couple of bears in this hike.

Highline Trail

Highline Trail

First bear we spotted on Highline Trail. It was eating berries.

The first bear we spotted on Highline Trail. It was eating berries.

Second bear we spotted on Highline Trail

Second bear we spotted on Highline Trail

Granite Chalet

Granite Chalet

Grueling hike to Grinnell Glacier

Grueling hike to Grinnell Glacier

Grinnell Glacier

Grinnell Glacier

Some views on Highline Trail once the weather cleared up

Some views on Highline Trail once the weather cleared up

After this hike, we decided to do a small ~2-mile hike to Hidden Lake overlook. The further ~1-mile one-way hike to the lake was closed due to the bear activity.

Hidden Lake Overlook

Hidden Lake Overlook

Day 3

On this day, we decided to do the touristy hikes of the park, starting with Cedars Nature Trail and further to Avalanche Lake. The lake is gorgeous and the hike is highly recommended.

Cedar Trail Waterfall

Cedar Trail Waterfall

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake

I would recommend checking more waterfalls on the way back to Mcdonald Lake, the largest lake in the park.

Sacred Dancing Cascade

Sacred Dancing Cascade

Mcdonald Lake

Mcdonald Lake – go to Apgar Visitor Center in the evening for this majestic view

Day 4

In the morning, we decided to check out the Hungry Horse Dam which can be accessed by a right turn just before entering the Glacier National Park.

Hungry Horse Dam

Hungry Horse Dam

Then we did a ~10.5-mile round-trip hike to Otokomi Lake from the Rising Sun. The weather became worse as we climbed but the overall views still made it worthy of it.

On the way to Otokomi Lake

On the way to Otokomi Lake

Otokomi Lake

Otokomi Lake

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