Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful preserved wildlife areas in the United States. There is so much to see and do, and I fully believe you could spend a lifetime there exploring and you’d never run out of things to see.
My personal favorite part were the alpine lakes. Most of the best ones required a decent hike to get to them, but Lake McDonald was only a ways down the road from the west entrance. The water there is crystal clear; you can go down 20 feet to the bottom and still be able to see with your eyes open. This adds to the beauty because when you’re standing at the edge of the lake, all you see for hundreds of feet in front of you are these colorful rainbow rocks.
I’m not sure how they got so colorful, but they are everywhere! And it really feels surreal looking out at them.
Another lake you shouldn’t miss is Hidden Lake. You can hike to the overlook or to the lake itself. When we went, the trail past the overlook was closed due to grizzly activity but the overlook still provided us with incredible views.
There is abundant wildlife on the trails at Glacier! You’ll see chipmunks, marmots, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, or even a bear if you’re lucky. The Hidden Lake trail was full of mama mountain goats with their babies.
If you’re looking for an epic backpacking trip, or even an extended day hike, I highly recommend doing Cracker Lake. We camped there for a night and the experience was absolutely amazing. The water at Cracker Lake has a milky texture because of the glacial flour that gets deposited into the lake when the glaciers above erode the rock as they melt into the lake. Then it reflects this intense turquoise color back to our eyes. This trail is pretty lightly trafficked compared to the others. So if you’re looking for some peaceful time alone with nature, this is the place to find it.
If you’d rather camp at an established campground, Two Medicine Lake has the best one in the park!
You can camp directly on the water there and there are tons of activities you can do nearby. We chose to spend the day kayaking.
Glacier is one of the few places in our country that are still completely wild.
You really get a feel for this when hiking in the park, and I think everyone should have a chance to explore there. The glaciers are all expected to be gone in the next 20 years, so hurry and get out there while you still can!
Location: Lake McDonald – Glacier National Park