Carnivore Stories | Guided Educational Hike

Learn about Bears, Mountain Lions, Wolves and more

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Distance

3 Miles

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Elevation Gain

800 Feet

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Difficulty

Easy/Moderate

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Cost Per Person

$100

Hike Overview

During this one-day course, we will discuss in detail the carnivores of Glacier National Park, with emphasis on life histories, habitat requirements, distribution, and predator-prey relationships. The importance and uniqueness of the North Fork Valley of the Flathead River ecosystem, and the return of wolves to the park will be discussed as well. We will spend most of our day driving and hiking in the North Fork Valley. We will also include talks on how the flora, geology, birds, and North Fork cultural and fire histories affect predator habitat.

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Instructor: Dave Shea

During this one-day course, we will discuss in detail the carnivores of Glacier National Park, with emphasis on life histories, habitat requirements, distribution, and predator-prey relationships. The importance and uniqueness of the North Fork Valley of the Flathead River ecosystem, and the return of wolves to the park will be discussed as well. We will spend most of our day driving and hiking in the North Fork Valley. We will also include talks on how the flora, geology, birds, and North Fork cultural and fire histories affect predator habitat. The larger mammals who make their home in Glacier National Park include grizzly bears, lynx, black bears, moose, wolverines, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, coyotes, and wolves.

Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp

Itinerary: (Subject to change).
The day will start at 7 a.m. with an overview of Glacier National Park’s carnivores in general, including many skulls, animal track castings, and a slideshow presentation. We will then travel up the North Fork River, by bus, towards Polebridge and take a 2.5-mile hike (round-trip) into Hidden Meadow. After a stop at Polebridge Mercantile, will head back to Field Camp and wrap up by 4 p.m. This course will not be cancelled due to weather.

Food: Please bring a trail lunch, plenty of water, and snacks for the day.

Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280

Equipment: You will receive a Glacier Institute Field Camp gear list once your register. Most importantly, bring comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2-liter water bottle, sack lunch, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied, so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, with warm layers.

Physical Requirements: Moderate difficulty; on-trail or off-trail hikes in Glacier Park up to 3 miles and/or 800 feet elevation gain

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What to Expect On Your Carnivore Stories | Guided Day Hike

We will spend the day learning about Glacier’s carnivores while hiking in the North Fork Valley. We will be hiking up to 3 miles, on-trail or off-trail, with up to 800 feet elevation change.

Hike Details

  • This program meets at Glacier Institute Field Camp, West Glacier.
  • Instructor: Dave Shea
  • The program will begin 7 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Hiking distance covers up to 3 miles with up to 800 feet elevation change.
  • On-site parking available.
  • There is a maximum number of 13 hikers per trip.
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

What to Bring

Please remember that weather in NW Montana during all seasons can change quickly from warm and sunny to freezing at any time of the year. We recommend checking the weather prior to your trip. Please also check your course information sheet for specific gear requirements in addition to those listed below.

  • Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
  • 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
  • Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant & lip balm
  • Camera (optional)
  • Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook notes and sketches

Download complete checklist here