Many Glacier has no rival in intimate beauty, wildlife and hiking. In Glacier National Park, the tiny enclave of visitor services tucks like a hub at the base of five valleys. It’s a hiker’s paradise. Even for non-hikers, the views are superb.
Below a string of small glaciers along the Continental Divide, Many Glacier centers around Swiftcurrent Lake. A National Historic Landmark hotel perches on the shore of the lake. One mile up the road, a motor inn, cabins and campground offer less expensive places to overnight.
In Many Glacier, trails climb in multiple directions. Popular destinations include lakes such as Cracker, Red Rocks, Bullhead, Iceberg, Ptarmigan and Poia. Higher routes venture to passes, lookouts, Grinnell Glacier and Ptarmigan Tunnel. For those wanting a guided hike, ranger naturalists lead free walks daily.
Besides hiking, visitors can rent boats to paddle Swiftcurrent Lake. In addition, the boat tour is a two-lake affair with a five-minute walk to connect them. Horseback riding tours go from one hour to all day.
Most of all, visitors holding binoculars line decks, roads and parking lots. Staring up at the surrounding mountains, they eye the slopes for grizzly bears.