Glacier National Park in Montana is one of the largest National Parks in America. GNP boasts more than 1 million acres of land and encompasses parts of two sub ranges of the Rocky Mountains. It also has more than 200 lakes and streams and 700 miles of incredible hiking trails.
The scenic beauty of Glacier National Park is a hikerâ€™s dream. If you decide to make this your next hiking adventure, you will be treated to majestic mountain peaks towering atop the pristine alpine lakes. The wildlife is diverse and a wonder to behold in its own right. Through the 700 miles of hiking trails, you will find over 1000 different species of plants many hundreds of different species of animals.
You may run across elk, bighorn sheep, bears, goats, wolverines, and numerous other animals. Some of these may be dangerous, so be prepared for this and proceed with caution. You may also encounter the priceless beauty of a bald eagle with its wings spread flying across an alpine lake on a gorgeous sunny day. The soaring of an eagle is an incredible sight and symbol of all that is wonderful about this great country we live in.
Unlike some of the other larger national parks, the hiking trails at GNP are very well maintained. You will be treated to numerous mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, and wild flowers, without needing to worry much about poorly maintained hiking trails. This is truly the best of all worlds for the avid hiker.
The best time to come and hike Glacier National Park is from July to the middle of October. If you come at any other time of the year, you can still hike here, but some of the areas may be restricted by snowfall. As always, check the weather forecast ahead of time so you can be adequately prepared.