14168
Glacier National Park
Health and Hiking in Glacier National Park
Explore the natural wonders of Glacier National Park with experts as you hike glacier-carved trails, learn about protected ecosystems and examine eons of geological history.
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Program No. 14168RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
D
Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: Motel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Motel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. Collect your Road Scholar Program Welcome Packet at time of check-in. Orientation: 5:00 p.m.in the Creekside Room approximately 300 yards from Motel Lake McDonald. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. The Group Leader will be available throughout the week to answer any questions that arise. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Opening dinner will take place in the Creekside Room following Orientation. The buffet dinner will include entree, sides and a non-alcoholic drink. Relax and get to know fellow participants.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in to your room, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day tomorrow.

DAY
2
Expert-led Hike in Glacier National Park, Presentation
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
B,L,D
Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: Travel in 15 Passenger Vans to trail heads. Approximate drive time 45 minutes each way. Hike at elevations of 6,600' to 7,200'. Expect to hike 3-6 miles. We'll split into smaller groups based on comfort level and ability. Restrooms available at most trail heads.

Breakfast: The breakfast menu at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room includes many standard American classics as well as a lighter fare for those not looking for a heavy morning meal.

Morning: This morning we'll drive a portion of the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road to partake in an expert-led hike on the Hidden Lake trail. This trail traverses a spectacular alpine meadow with outcroppings of ripple-marked argillite rocks from the ancient Belt Sea. The upper trail climbs past moraines and waterfalls before reaching a breathtaking overlook. Motivated hikers will have the option to continue down several switchbacks to the edge of Hidden Lake. 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 540' to 1325' depending on trail choice. Trails subject to change.

Lunch: Enjoy a fresh, pre-selected sack-lunch sandwich or wrap that will include sides and a cookie.

Afternoon: Continuation of expert-led hikes and return trip to Lake McDonald.

Dinner: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge. Participants will be able to order off the menu. The Dining Room is known for its wild game, and local specialties.

Evening: This evening we'll be treated to a presentation on a fascinating overview of the Crown of the Continent by a local expert.

DAY
3
Expert-led Hike in Glacier National Park, Presentation
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
B,L,D
Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: Travel in 15 Passenger Vans to trail heads. Travel time approximately 1 hour each way. Elevation up to 7,900' today. Expect to hike 9-11 miles. We'll split into smaller groups based on comfort level and ability. Restrooms available at most trail heads.

Breakfast: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Morning: This morning you'll choose between a hike to 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 1,600' and 2,400'. Trails subject to change.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Continuation of expert-led hikes and return trip to Lake McDonald.

Dinner: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

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

DAY
4
Expert-led Hike in Glacier National Park, Presentation
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
B,L,D
Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: Travel in 15 Passenger Vans to trail heads. Travel time approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes each way. Elevation up to 5,500' today. Expect to hike 7-10 miles. We'll split into smaller groups based on comfort level and ability. Restrooms available at most trail heads.

Breakfast: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Morning: This morning we'll travel 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. Hikes begin on a trail that follows the shoreline of scenic Two Medicine Lake. Twin Falls, a double flume of cascades, will be the destination of one group. The other group will continue on to Upper Two Medicine Lake. Hikers will discover back country beauty with the guidance of local experts and naturalists. Hikes range from 7.1 to 9.8 miles round trip depending on trail length choice. Elevation gain will range between 80' and 500'. Trails subject to change.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Continuation of expert-led hikes and return trip to Lake McDonald.

Dinner: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Evening: Tonight, a local expert will teach us more about the natural history of Glacier National Park.

DAY
5
Expert-led Hike in Glacier National Park, Free Evening
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
B,L
Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: Travel in 15 Passenger Vans to trail heads. Travel time approximately 45 minutes each way. Elevation of 6,650' today. Expect to hike 5-12 miles. We'll split into smaller groups based on comfort level and ability. Restrooms available at most trail heads.

Breakfast: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Morning: This morning we'll travel to Logan Pass via the Going-to-the-Sun Road to hike the Highline and Haystack Pass Trail. This trail is wildflower packed with high cliffs running along the Garden Wall and 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 1,950' with a loss of 3,000 over 4.2 miles. Trails subject to change.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Continuation of expert-led hikes and return trip to Lake McDonald.

Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Free evening. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

DAY
6
Expert-led Hike in Glacier National Park, Final Dinner
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
B,L,D
Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: Travel in 15 Passenger Vans to trail heads, approximate drive time 1 hour each way. Elevation of 5,300' today. Expect to hike 6 miles. We'll split into smaller groups based on comfort level and ability. Restrooms available at most trail heads.

Breakfast: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Morning: This morning we'll head to the Marias Pass area to hike the Autumn Creek trail. This is a quiet trail distant from the more populated areas of the park providing hikers with a deeper appreciation of the vast wilderness that characterizes Glacier National Park. The trail enters near Bear Creek and runs below Elk Mountain. This hike will be 6 miles round trip with a 240' to 1,040' elevation gain depending on route choice. Trails subject to change.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Continuation of expert-led hikes and return trip to Lake McDonald. Prior to dinner, we'll join a local expert in a spirited final presentation on Glacier National Park.

Dinner: We'll celebrate a week full of adventure and learning with a Final Banquet buffet dinner in the Creekside Room.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
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Activity note: Independent Departures

Breakfast: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge, open from 6:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Morning: This concludes our program. Please note that hotel 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 join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!