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Reviews, photos and videos for program: Trailside Glacier: Hiking in Glacier National Park
Lou from Golden, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/01/15 - 09/07/15
Very good program. Excellent leaders, well-planned itinerary and content, inspiring terrain and surroundings. Be prepared to be flexible in the face of changing conditions and aspects of the program and might be lower than your expectations.

Carol from Kensington, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/25/15 - 08/31/15
Pros - The instructors were wonderful and hiking with Dave S. was great. Listening to Brian P. while you hiked added to the enjoyment. "Scoping" on the deck at Many Glacier Lodge in the evenings with Dave and Brian was also a highlight. Many Glacier Lodge was on our bucket list and staying at this historical lodge was another highlight. Cons - This was our first "hiking" trip with Road Scholar. What they define as "moderately challenging" is much less challenging and active than other companies with trips focused on hiking and at times was frustrating when we were expecting to have full day hikes with some vertical. The trip was also advertised as a "small group" but had 29 participants. Even with 3 groups of hikers, many times we were on the same trail only minutes apart and you could sense the exasperation from other hikers on the trail trying to pass our groups - much less wondering if you would see any wildlife with 28 hikers on the trail with you. So if you are a strong hiker and want a hiking trip, I would recommend only going on the "challenging" trips and quizzing them as to how many people are actually on the trip (i.e. don't believe the website).

Judith from Millsboro, DE Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/25/15 - 08/31/15
Glacier is beautiful, even when smoke prevented us from seeing much the first few days. The accommodations and food were excellent. Remember Many Glacier is 100 years old and a National Park Lodge, it is not a Hilton. Enjoy the history! Be sure and attend the nightly ranger led programs at the lodge in Many Glacier. The only disappointment was the size of the group. Thirty is not a small group and our leaders struggled at times to deal with the logistics of 30 participants with a wide variety of hiking skills and interests. That being said, our instructors as hike leaders were excellent. Dave is a gem as a hike leader!

Gary from Honeoye Falls, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/25/15 - 08/31/15
Great hiking experience at Glacier! The level of hiking difficulty described in the literaure was right on the money, although there was quite a range of ability amongst participants. It was quite smokey at times due to regional forest fires, but leaders made the most of it and tailored the hikes to accomodate the conditions.

Christine from Alameda, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/28/15 - 08/03/15
This was my first RS trip and it was a terrific intro to RS. My fellow scholars were warm and welcoming - always interesting and wonderful hiking companions. Our group leaders were excellent - informative and enthusiastic. I was very impressed with their ability to adjust as circumstances changed.

Karen from Edgewood, NM Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/11/15 - 08/17/15
This is my second Road Scholar trip. The value can't be beat. The area is beautiful and the hikes amazing.

June from Montville, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/28/15 - 08/03/15
This being my first Road Scholar and hiking trip I didn't know what to expect. Our guides were engaging, knowledgeable, kind, caring and always had the welfare of the group in mind. Our large group of 29 was broken down into 3 hiking groups of 10, 10 and 9 based on difficulty/length.This gave you the opportunity to choose your hike and get to know each guide. I felt that the length of the hikes could have been longer, however, hike scheduling was adjusted due to the fires in the area at the time so this might have been a factor. Our 10 mile hike to "Iceberg Lake" was my favorite! At the historic Many Glacier Hotel, the dining arrangements could have been group oriented. You either ate with the person you came with and /or made your own table arrangements. I think all could have been better served if RS handled this. It was Many Glacier's 100 Anniversary Reunion so this might have been hard to accomplish. Would I recommend this trip? Absolutely! It was certainly a memorable one for me.

Road Scholar's response:
Thank you for your comment. Due to the limited capacity of the restaurant at Many Glacier, we are not able to seat everyone on the program together as a group.
Ray from Port Angeles, WA Number of programs attended: 67
Date attended: 07/28/15 - 08/03/15
This program offered an opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of one of our premier National Parks. The schedule allowed for a variety of hikes (from easy to more challenging). The three hiking levels accommodated most class members expectations. The class leaders were very knowledgeable and informative. An opportunity to stay at Many Glaciers Historic Hotel added to the enjoyment of the program. Would recommend this program to anyone interested in hiking, learning more about our national parks and what they offer.

Livia from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 07/28/15 - 08/03/15
I first have to say that Glacier National is a wonder! Beautiful vistas and sights to behold. And all the instructors were equally knowledgeable, attentive, and clearly interested in making the trip a memorable one for everyone; they also had to work around the challenge of rescheduling due to the fire. Having said that I do have a few complaints. Although the trip is billed as "small group" we had 29 participants. The largest I've ever had on a RS trip. Granted there were always 3 guides leading 3 groups based on self-selecting for length/pace of hikes, but the usual group dynamic just wasn't possible as one generally didn't have an opportunity to interact with participants one wasn't hiking with. This was exacerbated by separate dining while staying in the park. At least in Kalispell we dined together at group tables. Finally, and acknowledging that this is a "moderately" challenging program, I found that the hikes in the long/faster group were still generally short and slow, with the exception of hiking to Iceberg Lake. This is a complaint probably no more than 1/2 dozen out of the 29 would agree with so you need to know your own ability and desire. In all, a wonderful week of sightseeing and animal watching (a few moose but no bears.)

Fran from Asheville, NC Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 07/28/15 - 08/03/15
The wildfire made the instructors adjust and they did an excellent job.

Helen from Horse Shoe, NC Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 08/11/14 - 08/17/14
One of the most educational programs attended. Glacier NP is spectacular. The hikes were well planned and designed to suit the abilities of those hiking. The wealth of knowledge that Dave Streeter and Ellen Horowitz made the trip that much more interesting. I would highly recommend this trip. Also, the Going to the Sun Road is a trip worth making.

Charles from Mercer Island, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/28/14 - 08/03/14

Kathi from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/14/14 - 07/20/14
This was my first Road Scholar experience so I wasn't sure what to expect. There will be more Road Scholar trips in our future. Visiting Glacier National Park with knowledgeable, enthusiastic, attentive guides made the visit so much more that if we had done this on our own. Fellow group members were friendly, interesting people, some newbies, some experienced Road Scholars. Many Glacier Lodge was wonderful, you can't beat that view. Hikes were interesting and the right level of challenge. Guides demonstrated their ability to make good decisions based on weather and group. Do this trip - you won't regret it1

Douglas from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 07/28/14 - 08/03/14
Fantastic scenery, knowledgable leaders, somewhat rustic accommodations. Be prepared for long hikes.

Road Scholar's response:
Douglas, thanks for the feedback! We will be upgrading one of the lodgings for program dates in 2015 to add to the experience.
John from Redding, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 07/14/14 - 07/20/14
This was the most enjoyable naturalist series of hikes in one of the most spectacular areas in North America. We had a great experience

Amy from Peachtree City, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/14/14 - 07/20/14
Road Scholar programs are one of the best ways to travel. You have the opportunity to travel with interesting people that you quickly become friends with while learning all you can from the experts that are there to guide you through their favorite topics. I highly encourage everyone to try a Road Scholar trip soon!

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