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    Glacier National Park

    Has anyone done any hanging there? Planning a trip in the fall and looking for information. Thanks for any help!
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    I would love to go, it's on the bucket list.

    I was planning a trip for last year but was canceled. Their website has a really good interactive map showering campsites what's available, normally opens in march I think. I highly suggest posting attention as to when site reserving happens a the good ones full up fast. Also, practice climbs as my hiking buddy said it was challenging.
    I think bear spray and bear vault for food are a must now.
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    Been to Glacier several times. Never did an over night, but have done many hikes. Saw Grizzlies everyday. Bear spray is a must. Also hike in pairs of two or more always keeping smaller person in the middle. Never hike alone. Make lots of noise. Bells were on all our walking sticks. Amazing animals in Many Glacier. Saw lots of bear, elk, moose, ram, and birds. Many Glacier and Two Medicines have great hikes. A must see is Ice Berg Lake, it is amazing. My son was new into trout fishing so we hike to all the lakes. Going To The Sun Road will not open until June great drive lots of hikes off it as well. The camp sites on the trails are very nice, eating area, sleeping area and outhouse. Plenty of trees. The St. Mary's side is the best for getting away from the tourist. There is a KOA there that you can stayl that has a execellent area for hanging right on the upper St. Mary Lake. PM me with any questions. Some really great places to eat in St Mary's as well. Park Cafe in St Mary's is famous for thier pies. You will find most of your best over night hikes in the Many Glacier Park. But lots of bear!!!!! Big Bear!!!!! My husband said to look into Cracker Lake hike. Many Glacier Lodge is a nice place to visit and have lunch, lots of history. I could go on forever. You will LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peggy29forever View Post
    Been to Glacier several times. Never did an over night, but have done many hikes. Saw Grizzlies everyday. Bear spray is a must. Also hike in pairs of two or more always keeping smaller person in the middle. Never hike alone. Make lots of noise. Bells were on all our walking sticks. Amazing animals in Many Glacier. Saw lots of bear, elk, moose, ram, and birds. Many Glacier and Two Medicines have great hikes. A must see is Ice Berg Lake, it is amazing. My son was new into trout fishing so we hike to all the lakes. Going To The Sun Road will not open until June great drive lots of hikes off it as well. The camp sites on the trails are very nice, eating area, sleeping area and outhouse. Plenty of trees. The St. Mary's side is the best for getting away from the tourist. There is a KOA there that you can stay that has a execellent area for hanging right on the upper St. Mary Lake. PM me with any questions. Some really great places to eat in St Mary's as well. Park Cafe in St Mary's is famous for thier pies. You will find most of your best over night hikes in the Many Glacier Park. But lots of bear!!!!! Big Bear!!!!! My husband said to look into Cracker Lake hike. Many Glacier Lodge is a nice place to visit and have lunch, lots of history. I could go on forever. You will LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!!

    +1 Glacier National Park may be closed in the Fall. We have always gone late May early June. Most things start closing down in Oct. and not open back up until May. You might want to check?????
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    Is there anything someone solo can do safely? Or would it just be limited to the campgrounds and scenic drives?

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    Unless Glacier has rules about hiking solo these days you can hike solo but you have to be prepared to handle things on your own. Personally i'm not a fan of bells. I like to be able to hear what's happening around me. Bear spay of course, not in the pack but at the ready. Gave a good time.
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    Mr. Prez did a hike there and a trip report.
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    Starts as a regular post and then towards the end (post #18) is some pics.

    Hope that helps.
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    Lots of people do solos at Glacier,, and you don't have to wear bells as you just need to make a little noise . Have to carry a bear cannister and bear spray is all. There are less Grizzlies than at Yellowstone, Great place for information is here:
    http://glacier.nationalparkschat.com/phpBB3/

    That is a chat forum strickly for Glacier and they are very great at help in any question you have. The one thing about backcountry permits is apply as soon as possible. and on that chat forum they will tell you how. If you can't get a backcountry permit for the hike you want to take, half are saved for walkup permits. On that chat forum they will tell you shortcuts how to get the walkup permits..which office to go to for quickness at about 6am for example. Keep aware of how much snow they get this spring. Last yr,,they didn't get the highway open till mid july almost.. And like any national park, they daily list the closures of the hiking trails if they have a problem with bears and they occasionally do. one more thing, You will not see as much wildlife at Glacier as you so at Yellowstone. But the country is super spectacular. Everybody needs to take in Glacier and I plan on going back. Maybe even this year..just not sure myself yet. Its a great place to backpack and the scenery is very special. If you make it to Glacier, it won't be the last time you ever go there. It will definitely suck you in. lol

    Plan your trip with the help of that forum as you will never have enough time to take Glacier in,,2 weeks even is not enough to scratch the surface of some of the best scenery in the world..also take your passport if you plan to cross or ferry across the Canadian border. But for the first time to Glacier,,I wouldn't even bother as there is too much to hike and see on the US side and in my opinion is way way better.

    You can also get some decient help on BP.com as well,,but the Glacier Chat Forum is the better. Study and plan, and hit those chat forums if you want to go and do it now.. cram and get your permits in as fast as you can, don't put this off if your going to go.
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    Acer is right, it will suck you in, I day hiked the skyline trail in 05 and I've been trying to get back ever since.

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    Thanks!

    Thanks so much to all! And please keep the info comming. I will check out the other sited you mentioned. Ou trip will be in late August or early September. Planning on riding Amtrack to East Glacier and work from there. Normally we drive and camp in our van but we have decided the train trip might be enjoyable...just leave the driving to them. Anyone with Amtrack experience?
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