Glacier Park Collection

Hiking in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a hiker’s paradise. Hiking is the feature activity to most Park visitors. With over 700 miles of trails in Glacier, it can be hard to decide which hike is best for you. Hikers need to assume individual responsibility for planning their trips and hiking safely. Before setting out on your hike, stop by a park visitor center to obtain needed warnings and recommendations.

No matter where you stay in or around Glacier, there is a great hike nearby. Check out the list below and view the interactive map below for our recommended must-do treks.


  • Over 820 miles of trails in two national parks with something for everybody
  • Join ranger-led hikes throughout Glacier National Park, and guided hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park

What to Bring

Plenty of water to prevent dehydration

Take snacks or a lunch to eat on the trail

Watch the sun

Use sunscreen and wear a hat to prevent sunburn

Be ready for the weather

Rain jacket and an extra layer (the weather can change fast in Glacier)

Use mosquito repellent to stay comfortable on the trails

Carry bear spray and know how to use it

With stunning views all across Glacier and Waterton, you won't want to forget a camera


Hiking in Bear Country

Glacier National Park is bear country, and it's important to be prepared for a bear encounter before you set out on your hike. Park rangers reccommend carrying bear spray while hiking. Here's a few general rules to follow if you find a bear on your hike:

  • Do not surprise bears! Call out, clap your hands and make noise to make your presence known.
  • Do not approach bears! Never intentionally get close to a bear. All bears are potentially dangerous and should be respected equally.

Remember, you should always visit the nearby ranger station or visitor center before your hike to find out the lastest information about nearby bear sightings. Learn more from the National Park Service


For all park visitors and their pets' saftey, pets are not permitted on trails or in the backcountry. Pets are allowed on any roads open to vehicles and are allowed on the Apgar Bike Path that connects Apgar to West Glacier. Pets must be under physical restraint at all times and on a leash no longer than 6 feet. 

Accessible Trails

Glacier National Park has three accessible trails that can accomodate wheelchairs: The Trail of the Cedars hike, located near Lake McDonald,  the Running Eagle Falls Trail, located in the Two Medicine Valley, and the Swiftcurrent Lake Nature Trail in the Many Glacier Valley.

Trail Status

Before setting out on your hike, it is important to be aware of all warnings, recommendations and trail condition information. Due to our extreme weather conditions, some trails may have hazardous snow cover well into the summer months. Park rangers always recommend stopping by a visitor center and checking trail status prior to your hike. You can also view detailed trail status reports by clicking one of these links.

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