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Old 02-16-2015, 09:37 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Bcdonaher View Post
Wow, great blog Grant & Kathy, I think we'll just follow your route - done!
Not sure about that "very fresh looking" bear poop tho!
I took the bear poop picture at the end of that hike because it was in the sunlight. When we first started out it was still steaming!

During that visit to Glacier we saw a black bear while driving in our truck and a mamma grizzle with 2 cubs across the lake at Many Glacier.

If you are going to be on the east side of Glacier, bring your passport. Waterton Lakes National Park is only 50 miles away and is certainly worth at least a day trip.


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Old 02-16-2015, 11:04 AM   #12
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Waterton is just gorgeous, but you'll be fighting lots of tourists for parking, etc. But it's still way worth it.

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Old 02-16-2015, 11:22 AM   #13
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Late last summer, Rising Sun was closed to tents because of bear activity. My favorite campground in my favorite park.
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:18 PM   #14
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Thanks ya'll. Glacier NP is now officially on our Bucket List.
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:36 PM   #15
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Apgar and Road to the Sun

We stayed there this last Sept (2014) for 3 days. The sites didn't have hookups but there is a dump station with easy access. I suspect all that plumbing would be very distruptive to this beautiful place. We just made use of the very well maintained bathrooms.

Plan to follow stringent bear precautions. Even leaving a grill out overnight/unattended is a NO-NO.

Not only would the 19 not be allowed, even if I could, I would not attempt with our 17B. This is a winding, narrow road blasted out of rock in the days of model T's.
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:22 PM   #16
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We were booked for a couple of nights last July in St Mary's Campground. A few days before we were to arrive, I got an email from the reservation site saying my booking was cancelled due to flooding in the campground. Thought we would go any way and try one of the drop in sites. But on the way to the National Park, the route we chose had a bridge out and we had to back track about 50 miles. Then the wind started picking up and before we knew it, there was a huge wind and rain storm all through Montana. Well it seemed like someone was trying to tell us something, so we decided to skip Glacier National Park on that trip and keep on heading north to Alberta. That windstorm (60 mile/hr) and rain storm lasted for the rest of our drive home. Mileage sucked, but the Escape handled great under very poor driving conditions. We are planning a return trip to Glacier for another trip.
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:32 PM   #17
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We spent a few days in the area last August, first night in a public CG near the park then 3 nights at Many Glacier CG. There are only a few public CGs near the east side so that may be an option. If you intend to stay in the park at a reservable CG make that reservation ASAP if you know your dates. If you just want to "show up" for a spot you need to know the dance ! These camp sites fill up very early, usually before 8 am. You need to drive into the CG and a host is usually at the entrance with a list of sites to be vacated that morning. You then need to have your envelope stub ready to attach to the site number post. It is a pain but worth it if you can get in.

We did the red bus tour which was great. If you are a hiker the hike to Iceberg Lake (photo) is quite spectacular but rather long at about 10 miles RT. Enjoy!

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Old 02-17-2015, 11:40 AM   #18
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We tell all be distant relatives, friends of friends, and friends of friends' friends, etc., if they're coming to Montana, don't go to Glacier Park. It's far too cold, the bears will eat you, people wear guns on their hips, people fall off cliffs all the time, and, by golly, you can't even use of drone to take pictures of the Park. We tell them to go to Yellowstone instead.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be working: GNP set new record attendance levels last year. So much for trying to keep the Jewel of the Continent to ourselves.

We echo all of the descriptive comments above. Going to GNP was a primary reasons we purchased our Escape. It's absolutely perfect for the Park: hard-sided, fully self-contained, off the grid capable, snug and comfortable. If you go slow, all the roads are Escapable, except those with prohibitions, like Going to the Sun.

While we've had to wait up to an hour for a first-come/first-served camp spot, our wait has never been futile. Worst-case scenario, you can always find a spot outside the park and come back the next day again.

Oh, and to our close friends? We say come and join us in GNP any time.

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Old 02-17-2015, 01:29 PM   #19
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We've been visiting Glacier for well over 40 years. Here's a few thoughts from me. Go as soon as you are able. In 40 years it's unbelievable how much the glaciers have receded. When you do the Going to the Sun Road, trade off driving. Everybody but the driver gets to rubberneck. So it's nice to share. That said, the next time I go I'm taking one of the red wagons. If you go mid summer, find out when and where Jack Gladstone is performing. Go to his show, get there earl, buy an album or two. He's an incredible artist. He's part of an in the park performing artist program. Saw grizzlies at Many Glacier, but saw mountain lion outside of the park. Lots of wildlife. To get yourself in the mood and better understand Montana in that region, read the novels by Ivan Doig, Dancing at the Rascal Fair, English Creek and finally Ride with me Mariah Montana. In that order. Love Montana, got them all beat in my opinion.
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:51 PM   #20
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Strongly second rfs's comments on Jack Gladstone. We encountered a tour group he was leading (above Avalanche C.G.) and were blown away by his singing. He graciously allowed my wife and I to join his group--we were so impressed with his music that we attended a concert he was giving that evening. Also second the recommendations for visiting Waterton--less crowded and just as spectacular. Jack Gladstone and the hikes in Glacier and Waterton were the highlights of the trip--particularly the Highline Trail in Glacier and Crypt Lake in Waterton. Have fun!

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