Photo Gallery: Backpacking Glacier National Park
By Michael Lanza
If you have ever backpacked in Glacier National Park, you know you want to return. If you haven’t yet, then isn’t it time? One of America’s flagship national parks, it’s a must-see destination for backpackers because of the eye-popping scenery, remoteness, and rare variety of wildlife—as my photo gallery below from a 90-mile, hike of a lifetime in northern Glacier shows. And the time to apply for a backcountry permit for a trip this summer is now.
There are very good reasons it’s one of “My Top 10 Favorite Backpacking Trips.” On this 90-mile hike, we saw an ocean of mountains spreading out before us, soaring cliffs, some of the park’s 760 lakes, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and bears—yes, including grizzlies—and enjoyed a surprising degree of solitude even while hitting many of the park’s highlights.
Scroll down to the photo gallery below, and start planning immediately if you want to camp anywhere in Glacier’s backcountry this summer: Backcountry campsites can be reserved in advance starting March 15 for groups of one to eight people and March 1 for groups of nine to 12. Find more details about backcountry camping and a link below the photo gallery.
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About half of backcountry campsites in Glacier are set aside to be issued on a first-come basis no more than a day before a trip’s start date—but that’s no guarantee that half of all sites will be available at any given time, because backpackers on a multi-day hike may claim some of those walk-in sites well in advance. See http://ift.tt/22deM9e.
Read my story about that 90-mile hike, including more photos and tips for planning it, and my story about a shorter and easier, family backpacking trip on the Gunsight Pass Trail, as well as my “10 Tips For Getting a Hard-to-Get National Park Backcountry Permit.”
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