Glacier National Park: Morning Nature Walk
- Take in the stunning panoramas of the Glacier National Park
- Explore Lake McDonald Valley and Glacier's remote North Fork wilderness area
- Learn from your friendly, interpretive Glacier National Park guide
Once in Glacier, you will walk a 1-mile round trip through the Lake McDonald Valley. This is a glaciated valley, and you will walk on the terminal glacial moraine that dams Lake McDonald. This area is characterized by lodgepole pine forest left from a 1927 fire. Delight in seeing the aquamarine waters that flow from Lake McDonald. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for this valley’s resident beaver and moose.
Next, load up in the van and continue the adventure by driving the short distance to Glacier’s North Fork Valley. Along the way, stop at several scenic viewpoints, such as McGee Meadows and McDonald Creek. Don't forget your camera. Finally, arrive at the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River. Here, take another short, easy walk, also about a 1-mile round trip. This loop weaves in and out of new growth lodgepole pine and aspen forest.
This area burned in 1967 and again in the 2001 Moose Creek Fire. There are beautiful views and fantastic opportunities for interpretation along this loop. Learn about a variety of tree and plant species, fire impacts, and wildlife inhabitants along the river corridor. Views include Glacier National Park, the North Fork of the Flathead River, and the Flathead National Forest. This nature walk in Glacier is easy but not completely flat. Typically, return to the meeting point no later than 1 PM.
- Interpretive Guide with first aid kit and bear spray
- Van transport
- Hiking poles
- West Glacier area hotel pick-up and drop-off may be available if arranged in advance
- Entrance fee to Glacier National Park (it is recommended to purchase in advance)
Prepare for the activity
11970 US-2, West Glacier, MT 59936, USA. DIRECTIONS from the WEST, i.e. Whitefish and Columbia Falls: 1. In Whitefish, start on US-93 S (Spokane Ave) – go south 2.2 mi. 2. Turn left at MT-40 – go 4.5 mi. 3. Continue on US-2 through Columbia Falls – go 2.7 mi. 4. Continue on US-2 – go 16 mi. 5. When you pass the KOA campground we are half a mile ahead on the left. 6. Turn left about half a mile after Mile Marker 151. The left turn is directly across from the Crown of the Continent Discovery Center, and is just after a BLUE RAFT on a BLUE BUS and the GLACIER GUIDES AND MONTANA RAFT SIGN. DIRECTIONS FROM the EAST, i.e. downtown West Glacier: 1. If coming out of Glacier National Park turn right on US 2. 2. Go 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on US-2. 3. Turn right at the BLUE RAFT on a BLUE BUS and the GLACIER GUIDES AND MONTANA RAFT SIGN.Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Comfortable shoes
- Warm clothing
- Rain gear
• Trips depart rain or shine
• Please pack comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, camera/phone, binoculars, raincoat, fleece, and your Glacier National Park Pass