Winter Snowshoe

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Distance

4 Miles

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Elevation Gain

100 Feet

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Difficulty

Moderate

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Cost Per Person

$40

Progam Overview

Every Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: Did you know the Flathead Valley 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, Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest are home to beautiful green forests and active animals that have adapted to this intense season. Introductions will begin in the parking area where we will slip on our snowshoes and travel to the trailhead together. Strolling along the 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. Once we return to the trailhead, we’ll enjoy some hot chocolate as we debrief in the parking lot. 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

Hike Overview Continued

Tuesday: 9 am – 12 pm (Johns Lake Loop, GNP)

 Thursday 9 am – 12 pm (Johns Lake Loop, GNP)

Saturday 9am – 12 pm (Flathead National Forest)

 

Did you know the Flathead Valley 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, Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest are home to beautiful green forests and active animals that have adapted to this intense season. Introductions will begin in the parking area where we will slip on our snowshoes and travel to the trailhead together. Strolling along the 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. Once we return to the trailhead, we’ll enjoy some hot chocolate as we debrief in the parking lot. After this program, you will have a new found love for the winter world and all it has to offer.

NOTE: Our Saturday schedule will be to explore a rotating list of new and exciting trails in the surrounding National Forest: 

  • South Boundary Trail, GNP
  • Tally Lake District 
  • Cedar Flats

Meeting Location: Lake McDonald Lodge parking area, near the Sperry Trailhead (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Our Saturday meeting location will depend on the rotating trail. Please contact the office for details, 406-755-1211 or register@glacierinstitute.org

Equipment: You will receive a gear list once you register. Most importantly are comfortable insulated hiking boots, water (at least 1-2 liters), backpack, snow gear, hat, and gloves. 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 four miles.

Glacier Park Snowshoeing

What to Expect On Your Winter Snowshoe in Glacier

Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest are home to beautiful green forests and active animals that have adapted to this intense season. 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.

* Any trails listed on this program or others are subject to change due to trail closure, weather, trail conditions, or wildlife.

Program Details

  • This program meets at Lake McDonald Lodge parking area, near the Sperry Trailhead (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Our Saturday meeting location will depend on the rotating trail. Please contact the office for details, 406-755-1211 or register@glacierinstitute.org.
  • The program will begin 9 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Hiking distance covers less than 4 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.

The Glacier Institute has a 7 day cancellation policy for a full refund with all of our courses.

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