solo glacier NP backcountry

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Re: solo glacier NP backcountry

by Chewy » Wed May 26, 2010 6:03 pm

tman wrote:anyone have solo backcountry exp in GNP? Looking to go in july to gunsight pass trail/Sperry chalet and/or kintla lake to hole in wall/browns pass. possible iceberg lake, ptarmigan tunnel, etc.

looking for advice on getting to best BC campsites in park and as far as possible from crowds. did Kintla lake in 08 but not to HIW.
How difficult is it to leave vehicle at one trailhead and come out at another and get back to vehicle? is hitchhiking acceptable and do people pick you up? how do you arrange bus travel on GTS road between trailheads? show and go?

tips for solo travel anywhere in park?


Hi Tman. This thread is a little old so I imagine you've already filed for your hiking permits, hope you got the campsites you wanted.

I live in Whitefish and spend around 3 or 4 days a week in the park during the warm months. I absolutely love the place.

Usually hitchhiking around the park is not a problem during the main season. But sometimes you may have to wait a little longer than one would like. Even the north fork Flathead gets a fair amount of traffic. As others have said, the GTTS road has free shuttles to get you where you want to go.

As far as remoteness goes, my opinion is that the south end of the park sees the fewest people.

Probably half of my hikes/climbs are done solo. I see bears often but have never had a problem. Bear spray is all I feel I need. Just keep a clean camp and follow the other suggestions about makes noise and paying attention. In my 25 years of playing in Glacier the only animal to try and hurt me was a momma moose.

I hope you have a great trip.


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