Full Moon Snowshoe

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Distance

3 Miles

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Elevation Gain

100 Feet

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Difficulty

Moderate

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Cost Per Person

$100

Hike Overview

February 4, 2023 “In every walk with nature one receives far more than they seek.” – John Muir. Join the Glacier Institute staff as we bundle up, get our snowshoes ready and practice the simple and fulfilling skill of observation. With our Full Moon Snowshoe, we will meet you at Apgar Village to begin our hike through the canopy-covered, flat Oxbow trail.

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Full Moon Snowshoe

Hike Overview Continued

In every walk with nature one receives far more than they seek.” – John Muir. Join the Glacier Institute staff as we bundle up, get our snowshoes ready and practice the simple and fulfilling skill of observation. With our Full Moon Snowshoe, we will meet you at Apgar Village to begin our hike through the canopy-covered, flat Oxbow trail. While strolling along the trail with the guidance of the light, you will learn the skills it takes to identify wildlife tracks while listening to stories of the indigenous people who live here. To prepare us for our evening stroll, we will kick off with hot cocoa and coffee while talking about our hopeful observations. We will take our time to discover the opportunities the nighttime can provide to our crepuscular and nocturnal animals in and around the park. By the end of this hike, you will feel confident in your nocturnal naturalist ability and will be able to share this connection with others.

Meeting place: Apgar Village parking lot next to Eddie’s Ice Cream.

Itinerary: (subject to change due to trail closures and weather) Introductions will happen in the parking lot in Apgar Village next to Eddie’s Ice Cream. We will then gather our layers, bags, and snowshoes and talk about our evening over coffee and hot cocoa in the upstairs of the Montana House. We will follow along the Oxbow Trail discussing the crepuscular and nocturnal wildlife that saunter through and how to identify their tracks. The group will then slowly walk along the nature trail that winds through the tall trees of West Glacier. We will learn about the history of the area and how the indigenous tribes use the area to survive and thrive off the land. We will end our night at 11:00pm back at the trailhead of the Oxbow Trail.

Equipment: You will receive a gear list once you register. Most importantly are comfortable hiking shoes, water (at least 1-2 liters), backpack, rain gear, hat, and gloves. Snowshoes will be available if needed. Bring along any field guide books of your interest and extra layers.

Physical Requirements: Moderate difficulty, due to snowshoeing. These hikes are geared towards those who like to take leisurely strolls, at a very easy-going pace. Distances covered will be a maximum of three miles.

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What to Expect On Your Full Moon Snowshoe

While strolling along the trail with the guidance of the light, you will learn the skills it takes to identify wildlife tracks while listening to stories of the indigenous people who live here.

Hike Details

  • This program meets at Apgar Village parking lot next to Eddie’s Ice Cream.
  • The program will begin 7 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Hiking distance covers less than 3 miles with less than 100 feet elevation change.
  • Glacier National Park Vehicle Pass is required, you can purchase a pass at recreation.gov.</>
  • On-site parking is available.
  • There is a maximum number of 13 participants 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.

  • 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
  • Trail lunch
  • Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
  • Heavy fleece or wool pants (or waterproof snow pants)
  • Insulated winter boots and extra wool or synthetic socks
  • Camera (optional)
  • Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook notes and sketches

Download complete checklist here