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I am planning a 4-5 night backcountry trip for next summer.  I have never been to Glacier.  Any recommendations for a route that showcases the best of Glacier?  Any views on Bowman lake to Kintla lake?

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I went last summer but to the NE part (Belly River) and it was great.   I planned to go on the west side (Bowman Lake and Brown Pass) but could only go in early July so had to switch to the NE part as many of the upper elevation campgrounds east of Bowman Lake were still closed.

If you are interested in the Belly River area, let me know and I can give you more details on our trip.

Glacier is a great place and after being there, I think about it almost every day.
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How many miles a day are looking to cover and are you planning any rest days. That will figure in a lot in making recommendations.

Regardless, have fun.  Glacier is a magic place.


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Thank you for the responses.  In terms of daily hiking, given that not all miles are created equal, I think in terms of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the trail.  With that in mind, do you have a view on the following route?  Is it overly ambitious?  Also, Is early July too early?  Many thanks,

Day 1:  Many Glacier to Granite Park (7.6m)
Day 2:  To Fifty Mountain (11.9m)
Day 3:  To Stoney Indian Lake (8.2m)
Day 4:  To Glenns Lake FT (9.9m)
Day 5:  To Elizabeth Lake FT (5.7m)
Day 6:  Hike out to Many Glacier (10.1)
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That would be a  great and somwhat ambitious hike if you don't mind a lot of elevation gain and loss.  The last day, being one of the longest with a good climb up to the Ptarmigan Tunnel, could be a bit challenging.  (No rest days? ???) The real  problem I see is your time frame - early July is, well, still pretty early for Glacier hiking depending on the winter snow pack and the spring weather.  At best it will be iffy. That early in the season may well prove impossible for your route unless you're a skilled mountaineer with the proper skills and equipment i.e. ice axe, crampons, etc.  Early July is going to be problematic anywhere in Glacier except for the lower elevations.  Many areas may not even be open to hiking because of snow and high water.   Also, later in the season, several areas you mention are very popular and the competition for campsites is high.  Sorry to rain on your parade but that's the reality of it.  But then, you never know about the mountains.  Hope for best, prepare for the worst.

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That would be a  great and somwhat ambitious hike if you don't mind a lot of elevation gain and loss.  The last day, being one of the longest with a good climb up to the Ptarmigan Tunnel, could be a bit challenging.  (No rest days? ???) The real  problem I see is your time frame - early July is, well, still pretty early for Glacier hiking depending on the winter snow pack and the spring weather.  At best it will be iffy. That early in the season may well prove impossible for your route unless you're a skilled mountaineer with the proper skills and equipment i.e. ice axe, crampons, etc.  Early July is going to be problematic anywhere in Glacier except for the lower elevations.  Many areas may not even be open to hiking because of snow and high water.   Also, later in the season, several areas you mention are very popular and the competition for campsites is high.  Sorry to rain on your parade but that's the reality of it.  But then, you never know about the mountains.  Hope for best, prepare for the worst.

I concur with Hikerjer.  He lives there IIRC and has lots of experience.  When I went in early July, lots of backcountry campsites were not yet opened for the season and that pushed us to hiking in the NE part (Belly River).

That said, it was great and I want to go back.
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Given it's relatively low elevation, the Belly River country might be a good option for the OP.  And it is very nice hiking.

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Just another concern with that particular route, dove-tailing into Jer's comments, is that the tunnel (between ELF and Many Glacier) might not even be open yet because of weather.   In the past couple of years it's been middle to end of July before it opened.   Work up a few scenarios that you like, submit your permit request and then be prepared to take plan b (or c, or d) once you get there.

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