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Old 11-21-2015, 11:29 AM   #15
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We were able to get out and camp at GNP in June, July, Aug and Sept this summer. We got a camp site in Apgar each time, the shuttle bus that you can use to get around the park (because parking at the trail heads can be crowded) only runs in July and Aug. The park was busy every time we went, but it was always a worth while trip. Photo's are camp site at Apgar Loop B, Avalanche Lake, hiking up in Logan Pass and the boat launch at Lake McDonald. This is a huge park, lots to see and enjoy.
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Old 11-21-2015, 03:41 PM   #16
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Old 11-21-2015, 05:40 PM   #17
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When we went to Glacier in 2011 and stayed at Many Glacier we took the Red Bus tour from the Many Glacier lodge over the Going to the Sun to Lake McDonald Lodge for lunch and then back to Many Glacier, an all day drive. The weather was perfect, the bus top was open so you got to see much more than you could driving yourself or taking the shuttle. The driver, Evelyn, had lots of Glacier stories and facts. Well worth the cost.

Even in August the wild flowers along the day hike trails are still blooming.

For videos of lots of day hikes in Glacier. The owner of this site hiked all 734 miles of Glacier Park trails in 2011.
If you don't take part in any of the day hikes you are not experiencing the best of the park.

https://www.hike734.com

We are considering going back next summer to celebrate the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.

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Old 07-02-2017, 09:30 AM   #18
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Here is the official park policy on lengths on Going to the Sun Road:

Vehicles, and vehicle combinations, longer than 21 feet (including bumpers) or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors), are prohibited between Avalanche Campground and the Rising Sun picnic area parking. Vehicle and vehicle combinations over 10 feet in height may have difficulty driving west from Logan Pass to the Loop, due to rock overhangs.

I want to travel from the west side of the park to the east. From Glacier we will be heading to Couer D'Alene. Is there a detour?
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:15 AM   #19
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Pretty easy route around the park to the south from west Glacier. Not sure of the number but you can look. Have pulled the trailer around that way several times.
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:05 PM   #20
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Hiway 2 traverses the south end of the park. There are a number of commercial RV parks near the West entrance to Glacier.
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Highway 2 it is.

But hopefully you can drop your AS at your CG, and then do Going-to-the-Sun road without it.

I would recommend taking one of the National Park Service free shuttle busses, or doing a "red car" tour via the concession, as this popular road gets very busy and we've been up at Logan Pass when there was no parking at the visitor center. The buses run frequently, and have many drop-off and pick-up points along the route.

If you'd prefer to drive, I would suggest you do this trip early in the morning to beat the crowds.
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Here is the official park policy on lengths on Going to the Sun Road:

Vehicles, and vehicle combinations, longer than 21 feet (including bumpers) or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors), are prohibited between Avalanche Campground and the Rising Sun picnic area parking. Vehicle and vehicle combinations over 10 feet in height may have difficulty driving west from Logan Pass to the Loop, due to rock overhangs.

I want to travel from the west side of the park to the east. From Glacier we will be heading to Couer D'Alene. Is there a detour?
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We just got back from Glacier--spent two weeks at Many Glacier Campground in a site we reserved way in advance. We noticed that much of the campground comes in for one or two nights and leaves. Good turnover. If you don't have a reserved site, talk to the campground hosts and/or the ranger for the campground the day before and tell them what you want and how long you will be staying; they may be able to help you. Their procedure for the "first come first served" seems to be changing so inquire immediately. During the season from now on good sites for Airstreams will fill up more quickly than smaller tent sized ones. Getting to the campground by noon is a big help, since many of the overnighters are in a hurry to hit the road and have departed by 9-10 am.

The road into Many Glacier is the worst I can remember in 51 years of visiting. Drive the road from Babb to Many under the speed limit as there are more than numerous pot holes and bad patches, and then areas of washouts. We hit one, now slightly fixed, that sprung a leak under our bathroom sink and detached our writing desk from the living room wall. Fixed both with glue, longer screws, and shark bite pipe fittings, but be careful. We drove washout sections at 5 mph.

Hwy 89 South from St. Mary to East Glacier has several areas of significant construction. Don't be in a hurry. Drive from East Glacier along Marias Pass Hwy 2 Westbound to West Glacier/Belton--great road.

For anyone going to Many Glacier in June, in the future, it can be cold and wet, or not. We had a night of 32F, one of 39F, and most of 42F-44F with days in the 50s and rarely 60s. Or your year could be warm, but one year we were snowed out of Rising Sun on the 4th of July. Go prepared to be surprised either way.

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The shuttle buses are useful, but here are a few things to remember if using them. First, the buses from east and west only run as far as the Logan Pass Visitor Center on the Continental Divide; you'll have to transfer there to cross to the other side. Second, they stop running relatively early in the evening. So if you're planning on using them for a shuttle hike, or even for a short stroll at a particular point, take careful note of the schedules so you neither get stranded at your stop, or stranded at Logan Pass because of a missed connection.

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Highway 2 it is.

But hopefully you can drop your AS at your CG, and then do Going-to-the-Sun road without it.

I would recommend taking one of the National Park Service free shuttle busses, or doing a "red car" tour via the concession, as this popular road gets very busy and we've been up at Logan Pass when there was no parking at the visitor center. The buses run frequently, and have many drop-off and pick-up points along the route.

If you'd prefer to drive, I would suggest you do this trip early in the morning to beat the crowds.
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