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Trailside Glacier: Hiking in Glacier National Park

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Program #4863RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Hotel elevations are 4,500' and 4,900'. The highest you'll be is 7,000', with 500' to 2400' gains.

Equipment Requirements
Warm waterproof clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a day pack, collapsible walking stick, hat, binoculars and a leak-proof water bottle are highly recommended.

Itinerary for Aug 11 — Aug 17, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: The Hibernation House is located in the village area of Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Hibernation House is known as the friendliest motel on the Mountain.

Contact info:
3812 Big Mountain
Whitefish, MT 59937 USA
phone: 406-862-1982
web: www.skiwhitefish.com

Room amenities: All of the rooms in Hibernation House feature a queen bed, a set of bunks and a private bath with shower. There are direct dial phones, flat screen televisions, oscillating fans and mini fridges in each guest room.

Facility amenities: High speed Internet access is available 24 hours a day in the lobby of the hotel, as is a large screen TV next to the fireplace.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for information
While Big Mountain is a beautiful place, it is several miles out of the town of Whitefish. Unless you're driving your own car to the program, plan to spend any pre / post time in quiet solitude. The airport shuttle will still provide service to and from the airport or train station.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, August 11 - Independent Arrivals and Orientation
Afternoon: Check in anytime after 4:00PM. Orientation will begin at 5:00PM in the lobby.

Dinner: Dinner will be at Ed & Mully's, approximately 600 yards and a 400 foot elevation gain from the Hibernation House.

Evening: Free time to get settled in.

Lodging: Hibernation House

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Hibernation House is located in the village area of Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Hibernation House is known as the friendliest motel on the Mountain.

Contact info:
3812 Big Mountain
Whitefish, MT 59937 USA
phone: 406-862-1982
web: www.skiwhitefish.com

Room amenities: All of the rooms in Hibernation House feature a queen bed, a set of bunks and a private bath with shower. There are direct dial phones, flat screen televisions, oscillating fans and mini fridges in each guest room.

Facility amenities: High speed Internet access is available 24 hours a day in the lobby of the hotel, as is a large screen TV next to the fireplace.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for information
While Big Mountain is a beautiful place, it is several miles out of the town of Whitefish. Unless you're driving your own car to the program, plan to spend any pre / post time in quiet solitude. The airport shuttle will still provide service to and from the airport or train station.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, August 12 - Interpretive Hike / Gondola Ride to the Summit o...
Interpretive Hike / Gondola Ride to the Summit of Big Mountain / Presentation

Breakfast: Breakfast will be provided at Hibernation House.

Morning: Enjoy an interpretive hike on a portion of the Danny On Trail and learn about the local flora and fauna. Next, ride aboard the "Glacier Chaser" gondola and chairlift—also known as Big Mountain Express—for a 15-minute scenic ride to the 7000-foot summit with panoramic views of Glacier National Park and surrounding area.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided at the Summit Restaurant.

Afternoon: Introduction to Glacier National Park presentation.

Dinner: Dinner will be at Ed & Mully's, approximately 600 yards and a 400 foot elevation gain from the Hibernation House.

Evening: This evening we'll learn more about Glacier National Park with a presentation by a local expert.

Lodging: Hibernation House

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Many Glacier Hotel is located in the northeastern part of Glacier National Park on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake. The chalet hotel boasts a true Swiss atmosphere from the alpine beauty that surrounds the building to the themed architecture and decor of the striking atrium lobby. The hotel was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 1976.

Contact info:
Hwy 8, Swiftcurrent Lake
Glacier National Park, MT 59434 USA
phone: 406-732-4411
web: www.glaciernationalparklodges.com

Room amenities: All guestrooms at Many Glacier Hotel are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping with the era in which the hotel was built, the rooms offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind National Park lodging experience. Rooms have land-line phones. There is no TV, air-conditioning, or Internet service available. Bathrooms are quaint with skinny shower stalls or claw foot tub showers.

Facility amenities: There is no elevator, cell phone service or laundry service available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Wednesday, August 13 - Travel to Many Glacier Hotel via the Historic Goi...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be provided at the Hibernation House.

Morning: This morning, after checking out of the Hibernation House, we'll depart for Many Glacier Hotel by way of the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. There will be some interpretive hikes along the way.

Lunch: A sack lunch will be provided.

Afternoon: Continuation of all day field trip to Many Glacier.

Dinner: After getting checked into your room at Many Glacier, feel free to enjoy dinner in the Many Glacier dinning room.

Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.

Lodging: Many Glacier Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Many Glacier Hotel is located in the northeastern part of Glacier National Park on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake. The chalet hotel boasts a true Swiss atmosphere from the alpine beauty that surrounds the building to the themed architecture and decor of the striking atrium lobby. The hotel was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 1976.

Contact info:
Hwy 8, Swiftcurrent Lake
Glacier National Park, MT 59434 USA
phone: 406-732-4411
web: www.glaciernationalparklodges.com

Room amenities: All guestrooms at Many Glacier Hotel are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping with the era in which the hotel was built, the rooms offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind National Park lodging experience. Rooms have land-line phones. There is no TV, air-conditioning, or Internet service available. Bathrooms are quaint with skinny shower stalls or claw foot tub showers.

Facility amenities: There is no elevator, cell phone service or laundry service available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Thursday, August 14 - Scenic Interpretive Hikes around Many Glacier
Breakfast: Breakfast will be provided in the Many Glacier dining room.

Morning: This morning we'll have an interpretive hike on one of the beautiful Josephine Lake area trails.

Lunch: A sack lunch will be provided.

Afternoon: Continuation of interpretive hikes.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the Many Glacier dining room.

Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.

Lodging: Many Glacier Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Many Glacier Hotel is located in the northeastern part of Glacier National Park on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake. The chalet hotel boasts a true Swiss atmosphere from the alpine beauty that surrounds the building to the themed architecture and decor of the striking atrium lobby. The hotel was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 1976.

Contact info:
Hwy 8, Swiftcurrent Lake
Glacier National Park, MT 59434 USA
phone: 406-732-4411
web: www.glaciernationalparklodges.com

Room amenities: All guestrooms at Many Glacier Hotel are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping with the era in which the hotel was built, the rooms offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind National Park lodging experience. Rooms have land-line phones. There is no TV, air-conditioning, or Internet service available. Bathrooms are quaint with skinny shower stalls or claw foot tub showers.

Facility amenities: There is no elevator, cell phone service or laundry service available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Friday, August 15 - Scenic Interpretive Hikes in the Swiftcurrent Val...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be provided in the Many Glacier dining room.

Morning: All day hike on one of the Swiftcurrent Valley trails. Keep your eyes open for waterfalls and wildlife.

Lunch: A sack lunch will be provided.

Afternoon: Continuation of interpretive hike.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the Many Glacier dining room.

Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.

Lodging: Many Glacier Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Hibernation House is located in the village area of Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Hibernation House is known as the friendliest motel on the Mountain.

Contact info:
3812 Big Mountain
Whitefish, MT 59937 USA
phone: 406-862-1982
web: www.skiwhitefish.com

Room amenities: All of the rooms in Hibernation House feature a queen bed, a set of bunks and a private bath with shower. There are direct dial phones, flat screen televisions, oscillating fans and mini fridges in each guest room.

Facility amenities: High speed Internet access is available 24 hours a day in the lobby of the hotel, as is a large screen TV next to the fireplace.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for information
While Big Mountain is a beautiful place, it is several miles out of the town of Whitefish. Unless you're driving your own car to the program, plan to spend any pre / post time in quiet solitude. The airport shuttle will still provide service to and from the airport or train station.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, August 16 - Return Trip to the Hibernation House on Big Mount...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be provided in the Many Glacier dining room.

Morning: After checking out of Many Glacier, travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road en route back to the Hibernation House with interpretive hikes along the way.

Lunch: A sack lunch will be provided.

Afternoon: Continuation of travel and hikes. Return to the Hibernation House on Big Mountain.

Dinner: Our final dinner will be at Ed & Mully's, approximately 600 yards and a 400 foot elevation gain from the Hibernation House. This is the conclusion of the program.

Lodging: Hibernation House

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, August 17 - Independant Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast will be provided at the Hibernation House.

Morning: Hotel check out by 11:00AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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