The spectacular glaciated landscape of Glacier National Park is a hiker's paradise containing 700 miles of maintained trails. Straddling the Continental Divide, Glacier is composed of chiseled peaks (several of 10,000 feet), turquoise lakes, dense forests, wild rivers, windswept ridges, lush alpine meadows and plentiful wildlife. Glacier NP is adjacent to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex on the south, and taken as a unit, they are the largest contiguous wilderness in the lower 48 states. Glacier's northern border is Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. The two park's vast wilderness have been jointly designated as World Heritage Sites.
Our service project is trail maintenance and construction on some of the park's many foot trails within day hiking distance of our car and tent campground at Many Glacier on the eastern side of the park. The area is home to many kinds of wildlife, most prominent being the majestic grizzly bear which is frequently seen foraging for bulbs and berries on the open slopes of the surrounding mountains. Volunteers at Glacier have a chance to hear coyotes and elk at night, and see moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bears. Free time can be spent fishing the area's many lakes and rivers, or hiking the many trails that radiate out from the Many Glacier Campground, including the spectacular 10-mile round trip through high country with big views via the Ptarmigan Tunnel. An added attraction is the Many Glacier Lodge, one of the historic park lodges of legend, which we'll be camped very close to.
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
Check out more photos from the 2015 Glacier project in our gallery.
We highly recommend that those coming from low elevation (anything below about 5,000 feet) plan an extra couple days in the area before the trip to acclimate to the elevation for your own safety. Altitude sickness is a concern when traveling from low elevation to high elevation and getting acclimatized before the trip is one of the easiest ways to prevent it. If you need ideas on things to do/see before the trip contact your leaders.
Sep 10th - Sep 16th 2017
Trail construction and maintenance
Day hiking, fishing, photography, wildlife viewing
Tent and car camping
Strenuous : Digging, bending, lifting rocks & logs, sawing. Elevation 5,000'