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Hi guys. Longtime peeping on the forum and I've finally decided to go backpacking in Glacier this summer. I'm trying to find a 3-day itinerary that does not involve tons of elevation gain. I have been day hiking for a long time, and can comfortably finish 13-mile hikes with over 3000 ft gains with a 3.0 mph moving average in the Midwest. I'll begin training with a backpack soon, but I'm not sure if I can handle more than 10 miles per day with gains over 3000 ft in Glacier.

That being said, I'm looking into the following ones and need your advice: (around early August,maybe starting from 4th.)

1. Starting from Many Glacier,  POI -ELF, then back to Many Glacier. I heard ELF is kinda hard to get.

2. Gunsight Passes. Starting from Lake McDonald then SPE - GUN and arriving at GTTR.

3. Two Medicine area. OLD - NON - going back to Two Medicine.

I'm considering rent a car so as long as we can go back to the trailhead by shuttle or other transportation I'm up for through hikes.

Comments and other options? Especially for the loops, which direction is the easier one?

Thanks a lot!
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#1   This is OK but  you'd have to do some serious climbing on your second and 3rd days.  I'd suggest getting a passport and doing Chief Mountain Customs to Goat Haunt.  Stay at either GAB or COS your first night > MOL or GLH night 2 > STO or KOO your last night.  This is a little bit longer hike but the first two days are as easy as it gets in Glacier. Day three could be a bear but the area around Stoney Indian Pass will make you forget you're tired. Take the ferry back to Waterton.  I'm not sure what the regs are for the GPI shuttle to get you from Waterton back to the states but somebody should be able to chime in.

#2.  Good choice except finish at Lake McD lodge and spend your second night at ELL so  you can add a third night at SPE.  This is a short day so you can set up camp at SPE and dayhike up to Sperry Glacier after grabbing a delicious, albeit pricey, lunch at the Sperry Chalet.

#3.  Is good as is.  Some prefer going ccw, I think it's a better hike going clockwise.  You could add a 3rd night at Upper Two Med Lake if you wish.

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I agree, both options 2 and 3 fit your criteria.  You wont go wrong with either one.  

Another reason to finish option 2 at lake McDonald is because its less elevation gain going from east to west.  That's a steep climb going up to sperry and elen Wilson from lake mcdonald


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Thanks a lot guys! I'll submit for 2 and 3 then. Then I'm off sacrificing goats and virgins for the blessing of RNG God.

After the backpacking trip, is it still worth it to go on a day hike from Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet/Swiftcurrent Pass?

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After the backpacking trip, is it still worth it to go on a day hike from Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet/Swiftcurrent Pass?

I'd definitely say yes, but I guess that depends on how you feel after your backpack trip.

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Let's wait and see. thanks for your opinions all!
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We hiked from Two Medicine to St Mary last year.  I haven't seen the rest of the park and I'm sure there are plenty of amazing areas, but I can vouch that the trail we took was amazing.

So we covered a most of your #3 itinerary I believe.  Camped at No Name and Oldman.  Both were really nice sites.  The hike around from Dawson pass to Pitamakan pass and down the Oldman Lake was one of my favorite parts of our trip.

For a taste, this is a picture I took a little ways from Dawson pass, looking down at Oldman Lake.

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