Glacier National Park Three-Day Trips

Glacier National Park Three Day TripsYou’re getting excited about heading out to Glacier National Park for that sweet three day/two night backpacking trip and you look at the map and see 734 miles of trail and 65 campsites. What to do?!

Here are a bunch of my picks in video form with me walking you all over the map. There are views, great chance of animal sightings and just all around Glacier goodness. Below the video are all of the trips listed out with distances which I covered. If you think I missed a trip or want to ask about one, comment below! (You may want to click on the video and watch it on youtube in HD so you can see where I’m pointing)

(number after leg is trip length in miles)

Three day backpacking trips in Glacier National Park

Going-to-the-Sun Road region

Gunsight Pass
Jackson Glacier Overlook to Gunsight Lake(6)
to Sperry Campground (7.5)
to Lake McDonald Lodge (6)

Jackson Glacier Overlook to Lake Ellen Wilson (11)
to Sperry Campground (2.5) Day trip up Lincoln Peak and/or Sperry Glacier
to Lake McDonald Lodge (6)

Logan Pass to Granite Park via Highline (~8)
to Many Glacier over Swiftcurrent (~8)
over Piegan Pass to Siyeh Bend (12.5)

Many Glacier

Apikuni Flats to Poia Lake (6.5)
to Elizabeth Lake over Redgap Pass (10)
to Many Glacier through Ptarmigan Tunnel (10.5)

Apikuni Flats to Poia Lake (6.5)
to Gable Creek over Redgap Pass (13.5)
to Chief Mountain trailhead (5.5) (day hike to Bear Mountain Overlook)

Apikuni Flats to Poia Lake (6.5)
to Elizabeth Lake over Redgap Pass (10)
to Chief Mountain trailhead (9)

Belly River

Chief Mountain trailhead to Elizabeth Lake(9)
to Cosley(4) (day hike 3 mile round trip to Bear Mountain point)
to Chief Mountain trailhead (8.5)

Chief Mountain trailhead to Elizabeth Lake (9)
to Mokowanis Lake (9)
to Chief Mountain trailhead (13.5)

Chief Mountain trailhead to Cosley (8.5)
to Stoney Indian Lake (9.5)
to Goat Haunt (7)

Chief Mountain trailhead to Glenns Lake Head (12)
to Kootenai Lakes (10)
to Goat Haunt (3)

Chief Mountain trailhead to Slide Lake(8)
to Cosley Lake (8)
to Chief Mountain trailhead (8.5)

Logan Pass to Granite Park via Highline (~8)
to Fifty Mountain (12)
to Goat Haunt (10)

Goat Haunt to Lake Frances (6)
to Hole-in-the-Wall (4)
to Goat Haunt (10)

Two Medicine

Old Man Lake trailhead to No Name Lake (4.5)
to Morningstar Lake (8.5)
to Cutbank trailhead (6.5)

Old Man Lake trailhead to Old Man Lake (6.5)
to Morningstar Lake (5)
to Cutbank trailhead (6.5)

Old Man Lake trailhead to Old Man Lake (6.5)
to No Name Lake via Pitamakan and Dawson Passes (8)
to Old Man Lake trailhead (4.5)

Old Man Lake trailhead to Morningstar Lake via Pitamakan Pass (11)
to head Red Eagle Lake (13.5)
to Old Ranger Station in St. Mary (8.5)

Cutbank trailhead to Atlantic Creek (4.5)
to head Red Eagle Lake (9.5)
to Old Ranger Station in St. Mary (8.5)

North Fork

Kintla Lake to Upper Kintla (10.5)
to Hole-in-the-Wall (8)
to Goat Haunt (10)

Bowman Lake to Bowman Lake head campground (6.6)
to Hole-in-the-Wall(8.5)
to Goat Haunt (10)

Bowman Lake to Quartz Lake via Cerulean Ridge (6.2)
to Lower Quartz (3)
to Bowman Lake via Quartz Ridge (3)

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  • Mark

    Do you have anything that includes Lake Isabel? A few buddies and I are looking for exactly this length of trip! We thought maybe Cobalt Lake to Isabel from Two Med?

    • http://www.hike734.com/ Jake Bramante

      I hiked from Park Creek to Lake Isabel and that was looooooong, but I loved the hike from Isabel out. It’s 5 miles from Two Medicine to Cobalt Lake and 5.6 more to Lake Isabel with a cool hike up and over Two Medicine Pass. I think any combination there and back would be great! Keep in mind that Cobalt’s campground takes a bit to open up as snow lingers there a bit.

  • Stef Dreher

    Thanks for putting this up! We are looking to do an early July trip (only time we can go this year) and I have been struggling over books, maps, trail guides etc to try and figure out what backcountry sites would be suitable for that early in the season. Thanks!

    • http://www.hike734.com/ Jake Bramante

      Did you get what you needed from the blog or do you need more info?

  • Edward

    Which one of these do you think would be possible without advanced reservation for August? How would you rank these three day trips? Thanks!

    • http://www.hike734.com/ Jake Bramante

      I’m not sure which ones would be available honestly. I think any trips that have Stoney Indian, Elizabeth Lake foot, Granite Park, Fifty Mountain, Hole-in-the-Wall and Lake Ellen Wilson, you’ll struggle to get a site in unless you get there super early. Other than that, I think that Two Medicine/Cutbank/St. Mary should be pretty good. Many Glacier and Highline are pretty tough while the Belly (minus Elizabeth Lake) should be okay. I would say that the Highline, Two Medicine and the Belly are probably some of my favorites, so I’ll let you figure it out from there. ;-)

  • Matt

    Which of these would be doable the first week of July?

  • Jason Hansen

    Wow, just WOW I am very very inspired. You wouldn’t happen to have a 4 day segment would you? I am planning an adventure with my last big summer with my oldest son next year. I have been getting the books – getting in shape etc. etc. I am an old army grunt who still likes the outdoors and feel that Glacier would be one hec of an adventure. The challenge I am having is making SURE that there is fly fishing opportunities along the way. I know it’s early for next year but looking to get my map and form submitted timely.

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