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The Best Backpacking in Glacier County

Looking for the best backpacking in Glacier County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Glacier County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Glacier County

  • Browning, Montana

    Backpack to Poia Lake, Glacier NP

    12.8 mi / 1700 ft gain
    Located in Many Glacier, the Red Gap Pass trail begins at the Apikuni Falls Trailhead located east of the Many Glacier Lodge (if you're looking to check out the falls before your hike, check out Hike to Apikuni Falls at Glacier National Park). The trail starts at a gradual incline and continue th...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Cracker Lake

    5.0
    12.72 mi
    The 6.1 mile (12.2 roundtrip), hike to Cracker Lake includes wooded forests, grand views of lakes and mountains, creek crossings, distant waterfalls, mining ruins, possible wildflowers and wildlife, and a swim in turquoise water. At 1400ft elevation gain, the trail never gets too taxing. The view...
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  • Swiftcurrent, Montana

    Glacier's North Circle Route (North East Section)

    9.7 mi
    Planning & Preparations As amazing as this trek is, it's certainly not without its challenges, and the first one you will run into is obtaining a backcountry permit for camping.  As it absolutely should, backcountry camping is very regulated.  Essentially, you request permits and multiple da...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Ptarmigan to Helen Lake, Elizabeth Lake, Cosley Lake, Stoney Indian Pass, and Waterton Valley Trail

    39.95 mi / 6404 ft gain
    Ptarmigan Trail to Helen Lake, Elizabeth Lake, Cosley Lake, Stoney Indian Pass, and Waterton Valley Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Babb, Montana.
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  • Browning, Montana

    Backpack the Continental Divide in Glacier NP

    4.0
    33.4 mi / 5257 ft gain
    Park your car at the Two Medicine North Shore Trailhead, and take a National Park Shuttle (if they are running during the season--they stop around Labor Day in September) or set up a private shuttle service to St. Mary and the Red Eagle Trailhead (only ~$10-20 bucks a person).The first day from t...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Hike Mount Siyeh

    5.0
    8.45 mi / 4209 ft gain
    Once the Going-To-The-Sun Road has opened fully, this massive peak is accessible by driving to Siyeh Bend on the east side of the Logan Pass Visitors Center. Plan on a sun up to sun down adventure. Choose a sunny summer day and head up to hit the trail! Park at Siyeh Bend, and start on the Pie...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Gunsight Pass to Gunsight Lake Campsite

    5.0
    13.06 mi / 1667 ft gain
    How to Get There: Get your backcountry pass at the St. Mary visitor center and then head over to the hike, which begins from the Jackson Glacier Overlook, located 12.6 miles west of the center on the Going-to-Sun-Road.  The Hike: The first mile of the hike is a downhill, and then the trail is ...
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  • Browning, Montana

    Granite Park via Highline Trail

    11.54 mi / 1466 ft gain
    Granite Park via Highline Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Siyeh Bend, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Highline and Swiftcurrent Pass Trail

    15.31 mi / 2598 ft gain
    Highline and Swiftcurrent Pass Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near West Glacier, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Granite Park Chalet via Highline Trail

    4.5
    11.49 mi / 1950 ft gain
    The trailhead for the Highline Trail is located near the west side of Logan's Pass. Parking is limited at the Pass so arriving early to guarantee a spot, or taking a park shuttle (no fee) is suggested. The shuttles run consistently during the day at different locations throughout the Park. Howeve...
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  • Browning, Montana

    The Garden Wall

    15.16 mi / 3944 ft gain
    The Garden Wall Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near West Glacier, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Continental Divide Trail to Fifty Mountain Shelter

    32.7 mi / 14022 ft gain
    Continental Divide Trail to Fifty Mountain Shelter is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Siyeh Bend, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Backpack from Glacier NP to Waterton Lakes NP

    5.0
    25 mi
    Day 1: This gorgeous backpacking adventure begins at the Packer's Roost trailhead, which is almost halfway between West and East Glacier on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This trailhead is marked on the highway before you get to the "Loop." It's a quick left turn so keep your eyes peeled as you pass ...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Granite Park to Flattop Mountain Trail

    27.54 mi / 6325 ft gain
    Granite Park to Flattop Mountain Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Lake Mc Donald, Montana.
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  • Browning, Montana

    Northern Traverse: Chieftan Mountain to Kintla Lake

    55.92 mi / 8169 ft gain
    Northern Traverse: Chieftan Mountain to Kintla Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Babb, Montana.
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  • Browning, Montana

    Mokowanis River - Stoney Indian Pass

    28.07 mi / 3556 ft gain
    Mokowanis River - Stoney Indian Pass is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Babb, Montana.
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