It’s kind of becoming a tradition to write a Happy Holidays post each year from Glacier. Why Glacier you ask? Well… because it’s awesome, and we try to spend several days between Christmas and New Year’s snowshoeing in Glacier National Park. We love tromping through the snow with the crisp – cold air and the snow capped peaks!
The holidays can be a great time to see Glacier National Park if you’re in the area, but if you’ve never been before I would wait for the main summer season. While the snowy mountains and icey Lake McDonald are magical, there isn’t much access to the heart of the park during the winter season.
If you are planning a winter/holiday visit in the future here’s some things to do:
Snowshoe to Apgar Lookout if snow conditions are stable.
For a very long (15 mile) excursion, you can ski/snowshoe into Avalanche Lake, again always check snow conditions before starting!
For a shorter jaunt, you can park at Lake McDonald Lodge which is where they close the road in the winter so you can’t miss it – then you can walk/ski/snowshoe as far as you’d like up the road. After a couple of miles, you’ll come to a small falls along Lake McDonald creek. You can see a photo of the falls in my Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2013 post – it’s the second photo from the bottom!
And… just about anytime you come to Glacier, the view of Lake McDonald is stunning (above photo)! It’s nice to stop in Apgar Village to see the lake from the boat launch, and then stop for more views as you drive around it to Lake McDonald Lodge.
The mountain scenery will never fail to impress!
These last photos were taken at Avalanche Lake just before they closed the road – we were lucky enough to get in there and see it in winter conditions with just a 5 mile hike. Once they close the road it becomes the 15 mile haul I described above!
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!