Winter Snowshoe in Glacier

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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

$20

Hike Overview

Every Wednesday & Saturday: Did you know Glacier National Park can be enjoyed all year long? We invite all ages to bundle up and join Glacier Institute staff for a snowshoeing hike in this glittering winter wonderland. Even in winter, the McDonald valley of Glacier National Park is home to beautiful green forests and active animals that have adapted to this intense season. Introductions will begin in Apgar Village where we will slip on our snowshoes and enjoy some coffee and hot chocolate. Strolling down the Oxbow trail, we will look for tracks and listen to the stories of the indigenous people who live here. We will discuss the science behind the snow and what unique behaviors and characteristics animals have to survive the harsh conditions. After this program, you will have a new found love for the winter world and all it has to offer.

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Winter Snowshoe in Glacier

Hike Overview Continued

Did you know Glacier National Park can be enjoyed all year long? We invite all ages to bundle up and join Glacier Institute staff for a snowshoeing hike in this glittering winter wonderland. Even in winter, the McDonald valley of Glacier National Park is home to beautiful green forests and active animals that have adapted to this intense season. Introductions will begin in Apgar Village where we will slip on our snowshoes and enjoy some coffee and hot chocolate. Strolling down the Oxbow trail, we will look for tracks and listen to the stories of the indigenous people who live here. We will discuss the science behind the snow and what unique behaviors and characteristics animals have to survive the harsh conditions. After this program, you will have a new found love for the winter world and all it has to offer.

Meeting Location: 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 the program over coffee and hot chocolate. After a brief safety discussion, we will follow along the Oxbow trail to gain an introduction of winter ecology in Glacier. After two hours, we will end our trek back at the trailhead where the program will conclude.

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 Winter Snowshoe in Glacier

We will stroll down the Oxbow trail, looking for tracks and listen to the stories of the indigenous people who live here. We will discuss the science behind the snow and what unique behaviors and characteristics animals have to survive the harsh conditions

Hike Details

  • This program meets at Apgar Village parking lot next to Eddie’s Ice Cream.
  • The program will begin 9 a.m. and ends at 11 a.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