Hiking in the Park
Hiking is one of the most popular things to do in Glacier National Park. There are over 700 trails inside Glacier National Park. Mountain lakes, traverses over the Continental Divide, and countless waterfalls, creeks, and mountain peaks await. There are several major trail heads within a 30 minute drive of Essex. Popular destinations include the Two Medicine Region (home to multiple waterfalls), Avalanche Lake near Lake MacDonald, and the High-line Trail at Logan Pass. And don’t forget to check out the Walton Ranger Station, just across the river from the Inn, where dozens miles of trails originate.
Going to the Sun Road
“One of the most amazing sites in Glacier National Park is the Going-To-The Sun Road. This engineering marvel spans approx 50 miles, through the park’s wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sites in northwest Montana,” According to the National Park Service website.
This is the only road that traverses the park crossing the continental divide through Logan Pass at an elevation of 6646ft.
While driving the Going-To-The Sun Road be sure to check out some of the major points of interest listed below.
- Lake McDonald
- Trail of the Cedars/ Avalanche Lake
- Heaven’s Peak
- Birdwoman Falls
- Garden Wall and the Weeping all
- Clements Mountain
- Mount Jackson
- Rising Sun
- St. Mary Lake
For additonal information on the Going-To-The Sun Road:
Lake McDonald Beach
Historic Apgar Village is located just inside Glacier Park’s West Glacier entrance on iconic Lake McDonald and is a beautiful 20 mile drive down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River from the Izaak Walton Inn. There you will enjoy the Historic Village and an idyllic pebble beach that stretches for miles. Apgar is a great place to find gifts and supplies or sample local foods. You can rent a boat, bicycle, or paddleboard while there, or just relax and take a dip in the lake or read on the beach. Many people spend the day in fishing, riding, or swimming in Apgar. Others meet with service providers like the Historic Red Bus Tours or catch an interpretive lecture led by the Park Rangers. The views are unparalleled, and no trip to the Glacier Region is complete without a stop in Apgar Village.
The Two Medicine Region inside Glacier National Park is home to some of the Park’s most iconic mountains, lakes, and waterfalls. Located on the south east side of the Park, Two Medicine boast several trailheads and day hikes, as well as multi-day trekking and mountaineering opportunities in the backcountry. Boats tours are available at the lakeshore, and there are several waterfalls within a few miles of the parking area. Be sure to stop by the community of East Glacier on the way, to experience local Blackfeet Indian culture.
Polebridge is one of the Park’s best kept secrets. Located on the sparsely populated western flank, Polebrige is the center of the Flathead’s North Fork Valley. Glacier Park’s geologic past is on display across this wide and varied landscape. Be sure to visit the historic mercantile and restaurant in Polebridge. The bakery is world famous. Also, do not miss the spectacular glacier lakes inside the Park’s boundary at Bowman Lake. Hikes to Kintla and Quartz Lakes are well worth the walk. The Izaak Walton Inn is perfectly positioned to see both the east and west sides of Glacier Park. Be sure to plan a day in the North Fork while visiting.
Blackfeet Indian Reservation
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