Take A Hike - Self-Guided Hiking in Glacier National Park
1 million acres spanning the Continental Divide, 747 miles of trails, 131 lakes, 37 named glaciers and limitless views – just some of the reasons to take a hike in Glacier National Park. Whether you’re looking for a day hike to a spectacular alpine lake or a serious backcountry trip into the depths of Glacier National Park, make Glacier Outdoor Center your first stop.
Rental equipment including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents and cooking equipment and retail sales of hiking boots, socks, walking poles, and rain gear are all available at Glacier Outdoor Center. Our knowledgeable sales staff will help outfit you for comfort and safety at prices competitive with larger sporting goods stores. Don’t forget a water bottle, sunscreen and bear spray plus dehydrated foods, fishing equipment, bug spray and trail maps – all available just a half mile from the entrance to the Park.
Self-guided hiking options abound throughout the Park, many of them accessible just minutes from Glacier Outdoor Center. Visit your destination before you go by taking a look at the live webcams stationed throughout the Park and plan your route with the official Park map.
Day hikers will find our cabin accommodations a perfect base camp for exploring some of Glacier’s top day hikes. Apgar Lookout provides a panoramic view of the McDonald Valley while Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Lake wander through some of the shadiest parts of the Park and a red rock side canyon. Higher up towards Logan Pass, the Highline Trail and Siyeh Pass put you on top of the world, looking out over the magnificent peaks of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Scenic Point and the Dawson-Pitamakin Loop are accessible from the Two Medicine area, both offering rewarding views of the ragged Rocky Mountain Front. Many Glacier provides the quickest trail to reach a glacier in the Park, and Iceberg Lake gives the rare opportunity to see icebergs in August!
Forget the hassle of getting your vehicle from one trailhead to another – free shuttle service is available from July through Labor Day to accommodate point-to-point hiking inside the Park.
You can even check out your destination before you arrive or relive it after you get back home using Glacier National Park's e-hikes tool!
Trail status is updated daily and backcountry hikers will need to check in with the Park’s Backcountry office.
A variety of ranger-led programs, from easy walks and evening talks, to all-day hikes and boat tours are offered by Glacier National Park.