Hiking in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a hiker’s paradise. Hiking is the feature activity to most Park visitors. With over 700 miles of trails in Glacier, it can be hard to decide which hike is best for you. Hikers need to assume individual responsibility for planning their trips and hiking safely. Before setting out on your hike, stop by a park visitor center to obtain needed warnings and recommendations.

No matter where you stay in or around Glacier, there is a great hike nearby. Check out the list below and view the interactive map below for our recommended must-do treks.
 

Hiking Tips

What to Bring
Before heading out on the trail, be sure to have the following items in your pack:
  • Plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
  • Snacks or a lunch to eat on the trail.
  • Sunscreen and a hat to prevent sunburn.
  • Rain jacket and an extra layer (the weather can change fast in Glacier).
  • Mosquito and bug repellant.
  • Bear spray.
And, don't forget your camera!

Pets

For all park visitors and their pets' saftey, pets are not permitted on trails or in the backcountry. Pets are allowed on any roads open to vehicles and are allowed on the Apgar Bike Path that connects Apgar to West Glacier. Pets must be under physical restraint at all times and on a leash no longer than 6 feet. 
Hiking in Bear Country
Glacier National Park is bear country, and it's important to be prepared for a bear encounter before you set out on your hike. Park rangers reccommend carrying bear spray while hiking. Here's a few general rules to follow if you find a bear on your hike:
  • Do not surprise bears! Call out, clap your hands and make noise to make your presence known.
  • Do not approach bears! Never intentionally get close to a bear. All bears are potentially dangerous and should be respected equally.
Remember, you should always visit the nearby ranger station or visitor center before your hike to find out the lastest information about nearby bear sightings.

Accessible Trails

Glacier National Park has three accessible trails that can accomodate wheelchairs: The Trail of the Cedars hike, located near Lake McDonald,  the Running Eagle Falls Trail, located in the Two Medicine Valley, and the Swiftcurrent Lake Nature Trail in the Many Glacier Valley.

Trail Status

Before setting out on your hike, it is important to be aware of all warnings, recommendations and trail condition information.  Due to our extreme weather conditions, some trails may have hazardous snow cover well into the summer months. Park rangers always recommend stopping by a visitor center and checking trail status prior to your hike. You can also view detailed trail status reports by clicking one of these links.