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Trip Report Glacier National Park

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I won't elaborate to much since much has already been said about GNP.

We flew into Calgary because of AA frequent flier mileage. Flights were all on time, customs and border crossing were all very quick. Flying into Calgary is not to bad, if you plan on seeing Waterton area. I think it would be much better to fly into Kalispell, but can't argue with the free flight and the fact that everything was on time and smooth. We spent the first night at Calgary Delta hotel. This is very convenient as it is about a 3 minute walk after you get your luggage. Our bags were the first ones off, so we lucked out. We were in our rooms in about 10 minutes after getting off the airplane.

I wouldn't say I was disappointed in GNP, but it didn't grab me as much as it did my wife. She really loved it. I was disappointed in the amount of snow and the waterfalls. I like gushing large waterfalls. The weeping wall was just going so so, IMOP. This is my 34 national park. It would certainly rank in my Top 10, but not sure it would crack my Top 5 list. I was very glad we stayed at Many Glacier. The highlights for any first time visitor, surely would be Many Glacier and Logan Pass. I guess I thought the snow and wildflowers might be like that at Mount Rainier. I thought some of the waterfalls would be really rocking. Some of the shorter ones were going ok, but none of the taller ones going strong.

We did see 7 or 8 bears all within a mile or two of Many Glacier Hotel. Saw many Mountain Goats on the Hidden Lake Trail within 15 feet or so of us. Also saw a coyote and several marmots on the Hidden Lake Trail. Had 2 Bighorn Sheep right near our car on the GTSR. We actually thought one of the bighorns was about to ram our car, as he seemed to act like he was about to twice, but he never did.
Right at the entrance to Many Glacier hotel, there was a bear that put on a show. He was close to the road, but several feet above us(maybe 20 foot high and 30 feet from the road). Cars and people were parked below him. He started turning over rocks looking for food and huge boulders started rolling down the hill. They narrowly missed the cars and people below. These were very large rocks/boulders. We never did see any moose. I was a bit afraid to hike, even with the bear spray. I carried bear spray just to walk to the car.

We did boat rides/tours from Many Glacier Hotel, at Two Medicine, and at Rising Sun. The tour at Rising Sun is the best bang for your buck, IMOP. Two Medicine is very pretty and looks somewhat like Many Glacier area. I was surprised that Trick Falls was only a single fall and not two. I guess you have to catch it very early in the season. The boats are a bit expensive for what you get. They are a good way to see area's of the park if you don't want to hike or good way to end the evening if you have had a long hike earlier in the day and not up to hiking any more. The boats have a lot of interesting history.

Enjoyed Tea at Prince of Wales in Waterton. This is a stunning location. Enjoyed meals at Park Cafe and Izaak Walton Inn. Had a meal at Many Glacier and thought it was good too. I will say I thought the Fondue was very unusual. It had Grain Mustard in it, which I've never seen before in Fondue. We couldn't decide if we liked it or not. Had a great meal at OEB in Calgary and enjoyed Jimmy's AA Deli before gettting on our airplane for the return trip home. Had good breakfast at Sunrise and Swift Current.

I should mention, that if you plan to go to any national park, the follow them on Twitter. They give a lot of info on twitter that you might not otherwise no about. We have ATT and had very little cell phone coverage. It seemed that people with Verizon had decent coverage. Actually, it is fine with me if there weren't any coverage in national parks.

Our main two hikes were Hidden Lake Trail and Iceberg Lake. Both excellent trail and both very busy. The amount of people on trails really doesn't bother me. I can deal with a lot or absolutely nobody. I feel safer with a lot of people when there is wildlife around. We didn't see any bears on Iceberg Lake Trail. The reward at the end of the trail is fantastic. I found both trails to be easy.

I most likely will return to Glacier at some point. I would probably hike Highline Trail, spend the night at Granite Chalet, and then over Swift Current to Many Glacier on my next trip. Would also probably hike Grinnell Glacier too.

Here is a link to my photos.
My plan to leave the bear spray failed. I bought UDAP in Babb. When I got to the border, the man asked me if I had pepper spray and I said yes. He asked what brand I had. I was told that I could only bring across Counter Assault. That was actually the brand I had wanted anyway, but didn't see it in the store I had been in in Babb. Anyway, I left it with the border crossing agent. We tried.

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