Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2014

Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2014 | Get Inspired Everyday!

Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2014 | Get Inspired Everyday!

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!

Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2014 | Get Inspired Everyday!

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.

Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2014 | Get Inspired Everyday! 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!

Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2014 | Get Inspired Everyday!

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.

Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2014 | Get Inspired Everyday!

The mountain scenery will never fail to impress!

Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2014 | Get Inspired Everyday!

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!

Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2014 | Get Inspired Everyday!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

4 Comments on “Glacier National Park in the Holidays 2014”

  1. Hi Kari, I really need some help…Please!!!! I have just moved to Montana (south western) from Australia. I have a very close friend coming to visit me at the end of April, and her dream has always been to visit GNP. I really hope to make this happen for her even knowing its the worst time of year to go. Any suggestions on even just a couple of spots that will still be accessible would be so greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards
    Tessa

    1. Wow what a move, and welcome to Montana! April is very different from year to year so I can’t tell you for sure what might be accessible because it depends on the temperatures and how fast the snow melts. However that being said, Avalanche Lake is usually open to hike and is a nice one for spring. Apgar Lookout is sometimes accessible but you will probably run into snow at some point if not on the whole trail. Also if they haven’t opened the road all the way to the trailhead, it’s really too far for most people to hike the road in, and then do the trail as well. John’s Lake Loop is usually great for early spring, but the fires of last summer went through there, and I don’t know if they will have opened it back up then. Lake McDonald is open most of the year and is always good for photos. If by chance Two Medicine is open, that makes for a nice drive with great views when you get down into the lake. Many Glacier also has nice views if the road in is open, but the hiking in that area usually isn’t ready in April. Another thing that’s popular in the spring is to bike portions of Going to the Sun Road as far as it’s open. I sure hope this helps a little, and I wish I could be more specific but April is definitely drastically different every year!

  2. Looks so awesome! Wish I could have gone too. Boy does work get in the way of fun. Looking forward to the annual snowshoe trek in Glacier.

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