West Glacier

As the western gateway to Glacier National Park, West Glacier has been dubbed "guide central," and adventures in and around Glacier National Park often begin and end in West Glacier.

Top Adventures in West Glacier

  • Paddle Middle Fork Flathead near West Glacier

    Begin your trip at the bridge at West Glacier, there is parking in town and you can walk to the water, or just passed the bridge there are a few spots. Carry gear down to the water from the bridge (easy walking trail down to the edge). Make sure...

  • Hike to Apgar Lookout

    Precursor: I completed this hike in November, hence the snow in the photos. Due to a lack of tree coverage, this hike is best suited for a cool summer day, or in the late spring and early autumn. It is doable in the heat of the summer, but be sure...

    7 miles 1850 ft gain

  • Capture Sunrise or Sunset at Lake McDonald

    Lake McDonald doesn't offer the close-up views of glaciers and mountains like some of the other spots in Glacier NP, but it does offer sweeping views of park's west side. The most popular spot to photograph this grand perspective is along the sou...

  • Kayak Lake McDonald

    Rent kayaks at the shore of Lake McDonald and take them out for the day. Make sure to start early to get a full day in and leave yourself enough time to stop for lunch. There are multiple places to pull off and bring your kayaks onto the shore and...

  • Paddle McDonald Creek, Glacier National Park

    Begin your trip by dropping your car (or bike) at Quarter Circle Bridge just inside Glacier Park. After dropping your shuttle vehicle, park in the Apgar Campground parking lot and walk your water craft to the shore of Lake McDonald. Paddling Nor...

  • Swim at the Belton Bridge

    The Belton Bridge is the old entrance to glacier. You can get there by turning right down old river bridge road, which is the first right when you turn in to the West Glacier village. There are some 5-8 ft rocks to jump off, but be sure to check t...

  • Hike the Rocky Point Trail, Glacier NP

    From the trailhead, just past Fish Creek Campground on the North Fork Road, begin strolling along the trail towards Rocky Point.  The trail meanders through some forest, and along a stream, and then eventually gets you some views of Lake McDonald....

    1.9 miles 350 ft gain

  • Snowshoe the North Fork Area of the Flathead River

    Starting in Columbia Falls, MT, which is 17 miles from Kalispell, MT, locate North Fork Road off of Railroad Street. Follow North Fork Road about 17 miles. While along the Flathead River, there are many Forest Service roads that are accessible to ...

    1.5 miles 0 ft gain

  • Lake McDonald Backcountry SUP Camping

    Paddle across gorgeous Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park to a secluded rocky beach for the day, or stay the night at the backcountry camp site just 20 steps from the water. Leave the car just one mile down from Sprague Creek Campground at th...

  • Hike to Howe Lake

    The hike begins along the Inner North Fork road across from a small parking area. The trail meanders up a slight incline most of the way through areas of a recent fire, as well as some areas with spectacular wildflowers when it gets a bit more lus...

    4 miles 240 ft gain

  • Backpack to Lincoln Lake

    It's a 1600 ft slow increase in elevation. You can walk around the loose rocks going around the lake for an additional 2 miles of hiking.There is a back-country campground at the base of the glacier-fed lake and an amazing waterfall at the opposit...

    17 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Snowshoe Skiumah Trail

    The trailhead for Skiumah Creek Trail is located just off of highway 2, and is well marked from both directions of the road. It is roughly 15 miles East on Highway 2 from the West Glacier Entrance of Glacier National Park. Parking is located on th...

    1.9 miles

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • West Glacier, Montana

      Apgar Group Sites

      Overview Apgar Campground is situated on the southern tip of Lake McDonald in beautiful Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. Pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectac...

    • West Glacier, Montana

      West Glacier KOA

    • West Glacier, Montana

      Fish Creek Campground

      Overview Fish Creek Campground is the second largest campground in Glacier National Park, and one of four campgrounds that takes reservations. Glacier National Park, in northwestern Montana, is ...

    • Coram, Montana

      Under Canvas Glacier

      Accommodations:  Hive starting at $99 per night  (2 person max)Safari tents starting at $219 per night  (4 person max)Safari with 4 twin beds starting at $219 per night  (4 person max)Safari with a...

      From $99/night

    • Martin City, Montana

      Emery Bay Campground

      Overview Emery Bay Campground is located high in the Rocky Mountains, less than 30 miles from the Continental Divide, surrounded by towering mountain peaks. Visitors can expect a variety of recreat...

    • Flathead County, Montana

      Big Creek Campground

      Overview Big Creek Campground lies in the expansive Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana. Visitors can enjoy access to the Flathead River as well as the countless other recreational opp...

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