Expect and Prepare

This section is entirely within Grizzly bear territory, take all necessary precautions. 

Extreme weather and even snow storms are possible every month of the year. 

Backcountry permits are needed to hike inside the National Park, these can be easily attained at the park office. 

Glacier National Park

 

Walk along the north shore of Kintla Lake, a beautiful glacier fed feature paralleling the trail as it enters Glacier National Park. What many consider the most beautiful place in the United States, this park is awash with waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and of course, glaciers.

The hiking trail follows paths, well maintained and taken care of by the park service. As the WWT turns south, it follows the same trails as the Continental Divide Trail. With plenty of alternative routes in this section, it should afford hikers to dodge snow and/or fire as the conditions mandate.

The fishing is highly regulated but does allow incredible cutthroat trout fishing. The WWT makes sure to follow the shorelines of lakes and rivers and provide access to some of the cleanest water in the country.

The entire park is home to grizzly bears. While it is incredibly rare to see one of these animals, taking the necessary precautions is advised.

 

Glacier National Park History

 

Straddling the continental divide, this park is home to headwaters flowing into three different oceans. Waters here flow into the Hudson Bay, Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific Ocean.

Across the border of Canada lies the Canadian Waterton Lakes National Park, making this entire ecosystem an international conservation success story. Glacier National Park was founded in 1910 and even John Muir exclaimed the region for its beauty.

Today, the park is still among the most popular, receiving almost 2 million visitors annually. The majority of these visitors never venture off paved roads and the backcountry of the park is relatively empty.

Enjoy golden eagles circling above your head while walking through vast alpine meadows. As the WWT starts its southward trajectory, the great wilderness of Montana stretches onwards.

Glacier National Park Trail Section map: Coming Fall 2018

Wild West Trail Map picture