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2 days in Glacier

by /bio/cajunlady »

Leaving Kooskia ID Sep 4th heading to Glacier. First night staying at Lake McDonald Lodge. Do we eat at the Lodge, or is there a better recommendation? Place to buy next day's lunch?  Sep 5th planning to drive GTTS to Many Glacier. Will that take a full day? I'm thinking there are places to stop along the way with short hikes. Our 2nd night is at Many Glacier Hotel. Same questions concerning meals? On Sat the 6th my husband and I want to do a day hike.  Grinnell Glacier or Iceberg Lake? Pros and cons of each? I'm looking for scenery; he's looking for wildlife, especially big horn sheep and bears.  I read there's an 8:30 ranger led boat ride and hike to Grinnell Glacier that lasts 8 1/2 hours.  I was hoping to do it in less time because we're leaving that afternoon to go spend the night at Lodgepole Tipi Village. How long will it take to drive from Many Glacier to St Mary's? Thinking of stopping there for supper at the Park Cafe.


RE: 2 days in Glacier

by redbikegirl »

We usually stay in the Two Medicine/Many Glacier when we visit Glacier, so not sure of any recommendations for places to eat near Lake McDonald Lodge, unless you want to make the drive in to Whitefish there's lots of restaurants to choose from. Only about a 30 minute drive from Lake McDonald and a cool little town with lots of little shops to browse. Before you go to dinner, do the short walk around the Trail of the Cedars. It's on a raised boardwalk and/or paved the entire way -  just one mile.

I would plan on a full day's drive of the going to the sun road which should include stops for pictures and short hikes. Start EARLY so you can avoid some of the delays from the road construction.  Just make sure you start early enough to get to Logan's Pass by 10 o'clock because the parkikng lot fills up early. From there, walk up to the overlook at Hidden Lake. Last time we were there, there were lots of mountain goats hanging around.

We saw several moose on the hike around Swiftcurrent Lake and another great place to see moose in the early morning is at Fishercap Lake on the way to Redrock Falls. It's a very short walk from the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot.

We thought the food at the Park Cafe was good, but the homemade pies are definitely worth the stop.

I prefer Iceberg Lake because it's easier on my knees. Grinnell is a tough hike, but the views of Grinnell Lake from the trail are beautiful.