My wife and I recently returned from an 8-day trip to Glacier National Park, the Crown of the Continent. Planning for the trip started several months before we left, researching the best hikes, campgrounds, and areas of the park to visit. However, that all got turned upside-down on Aug. 12th, just 10 days before we were to fly into Montana. A wildfire had started and spread along Howe Ridge in the middle of Glacier National Park sparking (pun unintended) evacuations and closures. Although the park is more than 1,000,000 acres and the fire had only spread through less than 5% at the time we visited, the entire area was effected. Mornings were a little clearer than afternoons but as you can see in the picture to the left from a devastated area left from a 2015 wildfire, smoke was very much present.
Despite the disappointment in our luck on this hopefully not-once in a lifetime trip, we decided to make the best of our situation and power through. Even through the haziness of it all, there is no denying the sheer beauty of Glacier National Park. The park is literally millions of years in the making and the mountains, lakes, forests, and wildlife are a true treat. We were fortunate enough to go in time to see several of the glaciers for which the park is named – experts estimate that they will have all melted away in approximately 30 years.
Going-to-the-Sun Road gets all of the love from Glacier’s visitors, and rightly so, but we came for the hiking! Due to bear activity or areas effected by wildfire, several of the hikes we had planned on trying were closed. However, there were plenty to keep us challenged and entertained during our time there. Maybe next time we visit, we can try the ones we missed! I have shared some of the pictures taken during our time in Glacier and I hope you get some enjoyment out of them.
Check out my other page on for the best hikes of Glacier National Park!
Cracker Lake Trail
Grinnell Glacier Trail
St. Mary’s Falls / Virginia Falls Trails
Two Medicine Area
Until next time, Glacier.