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Health and Hiking in Glacier National Park

Program Number: 14168RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/13/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/20/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Glacier National Park, Montana
Price starting at: $1,485.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; National Parks; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.; Natural History Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Enjoy Montana’s long, late-summer days with naturalist-led hikes featuring breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, and geologic wonders. Discover the majesty of Glacier National Park by foot - where trails lead to amazing vistas that will allow inspiration to soar. Relax after a long day's hike at the historic Belton Chalet with its massive stone fireplaces and decks overlooking Glacier National Park. Sit by the fire and enjoy organic wine tasting and star gazing. Learn, discover and explore as you hike for health in Glacier National Park.




Highlights

• Naturalists lead daily hikes into the amazingly intact ecosystems of Glacier National Park.
• Examine 150 million years of exposed geological history.
• Journey to the continental divide at Logan Pass via the famous Going to-the-Sun Road.



Activity Particulars

Expect full days of strenuous hiking over mountainous, rocky and uneven terrain.



Hotel's elevation is 3,200'; Hikes will have 500' to 2400' elevation gains.



Coordinated by Black Hills Educational Institute.




Glacier National Park

This million-acre wilderness includes towering summits, mirror-like lakes, and hundreds of bird and mammal species, as well as the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 52-mile narrow and winding journey through the heart of the park over the Continental Divide.



Accommodations
Belton Chalet, a National Historic Landmark built in 1910-11 by the Great Northern Railway. One queen size bed in each room.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Dave Streeter

After undergraduate studies in economics and graduate work in management, Dave spent seven years with Johnson & Johnson Worldwide designing computer systems and helping pioneer the field of computer auditing while traveling the world for the company. However, after a flat tire in Great Falls, his travels became foot powered to the backcountry and mountains of Montana — Nordic skiing led to 30 years of teaching at Flathead Valley Community College. In the Montana wilds, Dave has cultivated general naturalist skills, and favors giving trailside lectures to better empathize the flora and fauna that cling to this vertical world. Dave also performs with the Grin & Bear It String Clan and Tropical Montana Marimba Ensemble. In 1988, he started his own educational excursion company and became the first ski guide to ever operate in Glacier Park. With over 25 years of instructing for Road Scholar, Dave has been featured as an instructor and hike leader in a CNN report.
 
Becky Lomax

Becky Lomax first saw Glacier National Park when she was three years old during a trip with her family. During college, she returned to work for two summers at Glacier Park Lodge, and later, led hiking and backpacking trips for more than a decade. She is author the Glacier National Park Moon Guidebook Series, which is now in its fourth edition. Currently working as a writer and photographer, Becky has published articles and images on Glacier’s wildlife, trails, history, lodges, melting icefields, and ecology in magazines such as Smithsonian, Montana Magazine, and Montana Outdoors.
 
Stephanie Paidas

Since 2012, Stephanie Paidas has been the staff coordinator for Road Scholar programs in Glacier National Park, dividing her time between management activities and leading groups in the field. She first came to Montana in 1999 to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology, and is now in the final stages of earning a Ph.D. focused on ecopsychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation explores the psychological benefits of time spent in wilderness and wild landscapes, an interest that has grown out of her personal experiences and from her six years as an educator at Glacier. Stephanie is also the newly-appointed Managing Editor for the peer-reviewed scientific journal Ecopsychology. In her free time, Steph enjoys hiking, kayaking, playing with her dog, and pursuing her goal of swimming in every named lake in Glacier.
 
Dan Vogel

Dan Vogel has held numerous professional sommelier positions in Honolulu, Hawaii; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Spokane, Washington. His director-level food and wine experience was honed through management positions in alcoholic beverage distributorships, restaurants, hotels, and educational institutions throughout the U.S. Dan has presented numerous wine and dinner events at some of the finest restaurants in the states and has served on curriculum development committees for two regional community colleges.
 
Denny Olson

As the star of the TV show “Critterman’s World,” which appeared on the NBC Montana Today Show for more than four years, Denny Olson has entertained and educated people of all ages in the wonders of nature. His humorous alter-egos — including The Grizz, Dr. Loonacy and Antler Antics, among others — have appeared as he has given presentations across the country to more than 2 million people. Denny has trained thousands of naturalists, teachers and students in acting techniques, lectured on Native American storytelling as a teaching tool, and conducted graduate-level storytelling workshops nation-wide. His critically acclaimed books include, “Way of the Whitetail,” as well as the children’s book, “Special Gifts.” Formally trained as a biologist and geologist, Denny has an M.S. from the University of Minnesota. For the last few years, Denny has applied these skills to his love for Glacier National Park, leading interpretive hikes and doing park presentations.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Belton Chalet
  West Glacier, Montana 6 nights
 Belton Chalet
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Historic Chalet in it's original turn of the century setting - no phone, no tv's, just super service and scenery.
  Contact info: N/A
West Glacier, MT 59936 USA
phone: 406-888-5000
web: www.beltonchalet.com
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call the Chalet for details Call the Chalet for details
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call the Chalet for details Call the Chalet for details
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in will be at the Belton Chalet. Check in anytime after 4:00 p.m. Orientation will be at 5:00 p.m. in the Terrace room. You will be staying at Belton Chalet that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Hotel check out at 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Belton Chalet the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Plenty of free parking available.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  West Glacier, Montana
  Nearest city or town:  Kalispell, Montana
  Nearest highway: Hwy. 2
  Nearest airport:  Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) located half way between Kalispell and Whitefish, MT
  From End of Program
  Location: West Glacier, Montana
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

West Glacier

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Belton Chalet Shuttle
phone: 406-888-5000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary to hotel guests.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 minutes 

   

The Hotel Shuttle can only pickup from the Amtrak West Glacier Belton Train Stop. This service is complimentary to hotel guests. To ensure availability upon arrival, contact the Front Desk at the Belton Chalet 1 day prior. Return service can be scheduled through the Front Desk upon arrival.

 

Glacier International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Glacier Taxi
phone: 406-250-3603
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

To ensure availability of transportation upon arrival, contact Taxi service 1 week prior to program start. Return service can be scheduled upon arrival with the driver.

 

Glacier International Airport (FCA)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Kountry Taxi
phone: 406-250-8015
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

To ensure availability of transportation upon arrival, contact company 1 week prior to program start. Return service can be scheduled upon arrival with the driver.

 
Driving Directions
  From the south (Kalispell) Glacier Park International Airport is the local airport located just north of Kalispell, Montana. The Belton Chalet is approximately 27 miles East on Hwy 2. Simply follow the signs for Glacier National Park from the airport, it's a scenic half hour drive. Belton Chalet is on the south side of Hwy 2, across the street from the Amtrak Station at West Glacier.
Elevation Note: Hotel's elevation is 3,200'; Hikes will have 500' to 2400' elevation gains.

Equipment Requirements: Warm waterproof quick-dry clothing, rain jacket, sturdy hiking boots, a day pack, collapsible walking stick, hat, binoculars and a leak-proof water bottle are highly recommended.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Evening Presentation
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Afternoon: Check in anytime after 4:00 p.m. Orientation will begin at 5:00 in the Terrace Room. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Our opening dinner will follow Orientation in the Terrace Room. Enjoy an American Style buffet. Vegetarian and Gluten - Free options available pre-requested.
 Evening: This evening we'll be treated to a presentation on a fascinating overview of the Crown of the Continent.
   
Accommodations: Belton Chalet
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hiking field trip in Glacier National Park / Evening Presentation
(Monday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a tasty breakfast buffet with choices of whole grain breads and bagels, a variety of yogurts, cold cereals, granola, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, and a rotation of fresh sliced fruit. Cranberry juice, orange juice, milk, coffee and hot tea will also be available. Each morning at breakfast there will be a ‘semi-build-your-own lunch bar’ where participants will be able to choose their sides that will accompany the fresh sandwich wraps that will be already made up for them by the Belton Chalet staff.
 Morning: This morning we'll head to Logan Pass to hike the Hidden Lake trails. Hidden Lake Overlook and trail are spectacular with a combination of alpine meadows, argillite and ripple-marked rocks from the ancient Belt Sea. The upper trail climbs past moraines and waterfalls. Keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats that like the steep area. Hike ranges from 3 to 6 miles round trip and will have an elevation gain anywhere from 460' to 800' depending on trail choice. Trails subject to change.
 Lunch: Enjoy pre-selected sack lunches made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides, piece of fruit and a bottle of water.
 Afternoon: Continuation of hikes and return trip to Belton Chalet.
 Dinner: At the Chalet.
 Evening: This evening we'll learn more about Glacier National Park with a presentation by a local expert.
   
Accommodations: Belton Chalet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hiking field trip in Glacier National Park / Free Evening
(Tuesday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: At the Chalet.
 Morning: This morning you'll choose between a hike at Siyeh Pass or Piegan Pass. Piegan Pass, named for the Piegan tribe of Blackfeet, is a hike that crosses through subalpine forests and meadows bursting with wildflowers. As the trail gains altitude, Piegan Glacier is visible above. Siyeh Pass trail splits from the Piegan trail and crosses through an array of different ecosystems, virtually portraying the park's diversity in one hike. Hikes range from 9 to 10.3 miles round trip depending on trail length choice. Elevation gain will range between 1600' and 2400'. Trails subject to change.
 Lunch: Enjoy pre-selected sack lunches made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides, piece of fruit and beverage.
 Afternoon: Continuation of hikes and return trip to Belton Chalet.
 Dinner: At the Chalet.
 Evening: Free evening. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please feel free to ask the Group Leader for free time activity suggestions.
   
Accommodations: Belton Chalet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hiking field trip in Glacier National Park / Evening Presentation
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: At the Chalet.
 Morning: This morning we'll head around the southern tip of Glacier National Park to the Two Medicine area. Hiking at Two Medicine is in a class by itself. Here, hikers find a remote solitude even on the most crowded hot summer days. Twin Falls hike is a shorter hike that takes you to a double flume of cascades. Continuing on the Upper Two Medicine Trail you'll discover avalanche gullies and a back country beauty. Hikes range from 3.6 to 9.8 miles round trip depending on trail length choice. Elevation gain will range between 80' and 500'. Trails subject to change.
 Lunch: Enjoy pre-selected sack lunches made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides, piece of fruit and beverage.
 Afternoon: Continuation of hikes and return trip to Belton Chalet.
 Dinner: At the Chalet.
 Evening: After dinner we'll have a presentation covering more of the historic cultures and entertaining stories of Glacier National Park and the surrounding area.
   
Accommodations: Belton Chalet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hiking field trip in Glacier National Park / Free Evening
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: At the Chalet.
 Morning: This morning we'll head back up to Logan Pass via the Going-to-the-Sun Road to hike the Highline and Haystack Trail. This trail is wildflower packed with high cliffs running along the Garden Wall. This trail has great potential for spotting bears. Hikes range from 5 to 11.6 miles round trip depending on trail length choice. Elevation gain will range between 600' and 800'. Trails subject to change.
 Lunch: Enjoy pre-selected sack lunches made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides, piece of fruit and beverage.
 Afternoon: Continuation of hikes and return trip to Belton Chalet.
 Dinner: At the Chalet.
 Evening: Free evening. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please feel free to ask the Group Leader for free time activity suggestions.
   
Accommodations: Belton Chalet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hiking field trip in Glacier National Park / Organic Wines Program
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: At the Chalet.
 Morning: This morning we'll head to a very low populated hike in the Marias Pass area. Autumn Creek trail enters near Bear Creek and runs below Elk Mountain. This hike will be a 6 mile round trip hike with a 240' to 1040' elevation gain depending on route choice. Trails subject to change.
 Lunch: Enjoy pre-selected sack lunches made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides, piece of fruit and beverage.
 Afternoon: Continuation of hikes and return trip to Belton Chalet. Later this afternoon we'll enjoy an Organic Wine Tasting Class with a local wine expert at the Belton Chalet.
 Dinner: We'll enjoy a last evening together as we celebrate with a final banquet at the Chalet.
   
Accommodations: Belton Chalet
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast / Independent Departures
(Saturday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: At the Chalet.
 Morning: The program concludes with breakfast, followed by independent departures. Please note that check out is by 11:00 a.m. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Glacier - A Natural History Guide


Author: David Rockwell


Description: Author and naturalist David Rockwell presents in-depth descriptions of the geology, history, flora, and fauna of the park. He explains the park's evolution from the erosion of Siberian mountains more than a billion years ago to the glaciers that gave Glacier National Park its distinctive landscape. He examines the park's great predators-grizzly bears, mountain lions, and wolves-and their complex relationship with their prey. The result is a fascinating and intimate portrait of one of the world's last wild places.



Going-to-the-Sun Road: Glacier National Park's Highway to the Sky


Author: C.W. Guthrie


Description: Traveling Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road is an experience like no other. Laborers toiled for nearly 20 years to complete the 50-mile road that winds an impossible route through the heart of Glacier. One of the most scenic highways in the world, this marvel of engineering set the standard for all national parks. C. W. Guthrie tells the intriguing tale of the history and the construction of the epic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Includes more than 60 black-and-white historic and color photographs, maps.



Geology Along Going-to-the-Sun Road


Author: Raup, Earhart, Whipple, and Carrara


Description: With this colorful and lively guide, Glacier National Park visitors can tour the fascinating geologic events that created the park's majestic scenery. Complete with an easy-to-read map that offers a three-dimensional perspective on the area's geology, Geology Along Going-to-the-Sun Road gives lay readers and geologists alike a glimpse into Glacier's unique geologic summary.



Grizzly Country


Author: Andy Russell


Description: The grizzly bear has always inspired awe in man, but the animal's true nature and character has long been shrouded in myth. Few people know grizzlies as Andy Russell does, and in Grizzly Country he shares stories from a lifetime of experience observing them, first as hunter, then as cameraman. In wonderfully engaging prose, he reveals the life cycle of this remarkable creature.



Wildflowers of Glacier National Park


Author: Shannon Fitzpatrick Kimball and Peter Lesica


Description: Wildflowers of Glacier National park and Surrounding Areas is a user-friendly guide featuring over 300 of Glacier National Park's most common plant species. From wildflowers to trees to grasses and sedges, this book features beautiful photographs, detailed descriptions, notes on habitat and fun facts for each plant. It's a perfect plant reference for anyone with an interest in the natural history and splendor of Glacier National Park. The index lists plants both by their common and scientific names.



Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park


Author: James Willard Schultz


Description: The author writes a series of diary entries as his Blackfoot friends tell stories in the lodge or around the fire at the end of the day. He has managed to keep the compelling style of his original material, told by talented story tellers. The stories run the gamut from tribal history to legend and myth and convey something of Blackfoot culture, daily life, and beliefs.





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