Alpine Mammals

Alpine Mammals


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SINGLE DAY COURSE – Regular visitors to Glacier NP have seen them repeatedly, but what do you actually know about them? You’ll see the wildlife on Logan Pass in a new way after learning about the adaptations it takes to thrive at high altitude.

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Alpine Mammals

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Alpine Mammals
Instructor: Stacey Dunn
August 15 at 7 a.m.

Have you ever wondered why marmots lick your hiking boots and steal your trekking poles? How mountain goats can climb vertical cliffs while lacking opposable thumbs? How the animals of Logan Pass endure frequent subzero temperatures and bone chilling winds for months on end? Learn about alpine mammal behavior and ecology during this fun, informative outing along Glacier National Park’s beloved Highline Trail. We will hike along craggy cliffs, stopping along the way to learn about at least seven of the amazing mammal species that call this area “home.” We will discuss two species of ground squirrels, marmots, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, pikas, wolverines, and any other species we are lucky to observe along the way.

Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp.

Itinerary: (subject to change due to trail closures and weather) We will meet at the Glacier Institute Field Camp at 7 a.m. and depart for Logan Pass, as soon as possible. We will hike 3.6 miles along the Highline Trail to Haystack Butte, observing and discussing mammal behavior along the way. We will have lunch on the trail at Haystack Pass before returning to Logan Pass. The course will end by 4 p.m. and 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:

Equipment: You will receive a Field Camp gear list once you register. Most importantly are comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied, especially at the high elevations of Logan Pass, so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, especially warm layers. Bring binoculars and/or a spotting scope, if you have them. A camera is optional. Summer weather at Logan Pass can range from snowy and windy to hot and sunny, so come prepared for a variety of weather conditions!

Physical Requirements: Moderately strenuous. 7.2 miles roundtrip from Logan Pass to Haystack Butte, with 1500 foot elevation gain.

Academic Credit: Please see our ‘2021 Academic Credit’ link on our website to learn about OPI credits for our courses.


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Refund Policy

The Glacier Institute has a 24 hour cancellation policy for a full refund with all of our courses.

Did you know Glacier Institute members receive a 10% discount?