Glacier known for its mountain scenery, high peaks, glaciers, and abundant diversity of wildlife and wildflowers.

Friday, February 28, 2014

When to Visit

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Month Temperature Number of Visitors (2013) Percentage of Visitors Notes Camping Limit
January 15-29 10,836 less than 1% 30 days
February 19-35 11,388 less than 1% 30 days
March 23-42 15,758 less than 1% 30 days
April 30-53 20,922 less than 1% 30 days
May 37-64 108,998 5% late May St Mary’s campground open 30 days
June 44-71 343,560 16% 30 days
July 47-79 645,514 29% Shuttle runs 14 days
August 46-78 626,556 30% Shuttle runs 14 days
September 39-67 355,471 16% Shuttle stops running Labor Day;
mid-Sept fall colors in west side of park
end of Sept fall colors in east side of park
as of labor day, campling limit 30 days
October 32-53 25,965 1% beg, of Oct. end of fall colors in east side of park 30 days
November 25-37 14,924 less than 1% 30 days
December 18-30 10,482 less than 1% 30 days
    Total 2,190,374  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Walks in the Park

Many Glacier Road

Swift Current Nature Trail 1L
2.5 miles. 0' elevation change

Grinnell Lake 2M
6.8 miles. 120' elevation change

Bullhead Lake 2M
6.6 miles. 240' elevation change

Going to the Sun Road

St. Mary Lake End of the Road (East End of the Road)

Hidden Lake 1M
3.0 miles. 550' elevation change.

St. Mary and Virginia Falls 1M
2.4 miles. 285' elevation change.

Sun Point Nature Trail 1L
1.3 miles. 0' elevation change.

Beaver Pond Trail 1M
3.4 miles. 120' elevation change.

McDonald Lake End of the Road (West End of the Road)

McDonald Lake Trail 2M
6.6 miles. 160' elevation change.

Johns Lake Loop 1M
2.4 miles. 100' elevation change.

McDonald Creek 2M
6.8 miles. 200' elevation change.

Trail of the Cedars 1L
.7 miles. 0' elevation change.

Avalanche Lake 1M
4.6 miles. 505' elevation change.

Two Medicine Valley Road

Running Eagles Falls 1L
.6 miles. 0' elevation change.

Appistoki Falls 1M
1.2 miles. 320' elevation change.

Two Medicine Lake 2M
7.6 miles. 340' elevation change.

Aster Park 1M
3.8 miles. 440' elevation change.

Upper Two Medicine Lake 1M
4.4 miles. 440' elevation change.

North Fork Road

Bowman Lake 3L
14.2 miles. 0' elevation change

Waterton Lake

Rainbow Falls 1L
1.4 miles. 0' elevation change.

Kootenai Lake 2M
5.6 miles. 200' elevation change.

Cameron Lake 1L
2.2 miles. 0' elevation change.

Blakiston Falls. 1L
1.6 miles. 0' elevation change.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Scenic Drive – Going to the Sun Road

This drive is included in the National Geographic book Drives of a Lifetime. It climbs from St. Mary to the Continental Divide then drops to the rainforests of McDonald Valley. It includes subalpine forests, cascades, and Jackson Glacier. Mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and grizzles roam in the area.

Distance: 50 miles

Driving Time: 1.5 hours

When to go: mid-June through September

Directions:  From St. Mary to Apgar, Montana