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Photo Gallery: Backpacking Glacier National Park

Posted On March 14, 2016 at 10:20 am by / Comments Off on 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 why not? 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, trip of a lifetime in northern Glacier shows. And the time to apply for a backcountry permit is now for the best chances of getting your desired itinerary: The park starts accepting and processing permit reservations on March 15, and this is a popular park with backpackers.

Scroll down to the photo gallery below, and start planning immediately if you want to camp anywhere in Glacier’s backcountry this summer. Under a new, entirely online system instituted beginning this year at Glacier, backcountry sites can be reserved in advance starting March 15 for groups of one to eight people and March 1 for groups of nine to 12. About half of backcountry campsites 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.

There is a $10 processing fee and a $30 application fee for each reservation request submitted; the $30 gets refunded if your application is unsuccessful. The camping fee of $7/person/night is paid when you pick up your permit. See

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.”

You might also be interested in my story listing some favorite, long dayhikes in Glacier, and my Ask Me posts suggesting which dayhikes to do if you have just three days or one day in Glacier.

And see all of my stories about national park adventures and backpacking at The Big Outside.

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Piegan Pass Trail, Glacier National Park.
Morning Eagle Falls, Piegan Trail Pass
Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail
Ptarmigan Tunnel.
Above the Belly River Valley
Glenns Lake
Stoney Indian Pass Trail
Highline Trail.
Sue Lake Overlook.
Bighorn sheep, Highline Trail
Highline Trail.
Highline Trail.

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