21016
Montana
The Best of Glacier National Park
Discover Glacier National Park as you raft Flathead River, explore alpine trails, visit pristine lakes and learn how glaciers carved this stunning landscape eons ago.
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Program No. 21016RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
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Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: Motel check-in from 3:00 p.m. Walking 300 yards to dining and meeting room facilities.

Afternoon: Collect your Road Scholar Program Welcome Packet at time of check-in. Program Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Creekside Room, approximately 300 yards from Motel Lake McDonald. Here you will meet your group leader and complete any necessary paperwork. 4:00 p.m.in the Creekside Room, approximately 300 yards from Motel Lake McDonald. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. The meeting room and dining facilities are located approximately 300 yards from the motel. Walking this distance on paved paths for meals and presentations will be required 2-3 times daily. For field trips, we will travel in 15-passenger vans to trail heads. Trail selections are made by Group Leaders and field instructors on the day of the hike based on weather, trail conditions, and group ability. We will break into smaller groups so that you can select the hike distance that best suits you each day. Groups will be led by local experts who will share their knowledge along the trail. Restrooms are available at most trail heads. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: The Welcome Dinner will be in Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge. We'll order off the menu which features wild game and local specialties. Non-alcoholic beverages included, other beverages available for purchase. Enjoy the meal and get to know your fellow travelers.

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

DAY
2
Hiking in Lake McDonald Valley, Presentation, Boat Cruise
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
B,L,D
Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: Hiking 2 to 5 miles on maintained dirt trails that may be rocky and uneven. Starting elevation approximately 3,200 feet, max elevation 4,000 feet. We'll split into smaller groups with varying distance choices; distance dependent on personal preference. Driving approximately 6 miles, 20 minutes each way. Restroom facilities are available at most trail heads.

Breakfast: At Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge. Choose from a full breakfast buffet, or order off the menu which includes many standard American classics as well as a lighter fare for those not looking for a heavy morning meal. Beverages include coffee, tea, water, juice or milk.

Morning: We'll begin our exploration of Glacier National Park with an expert-led hike on the Trail of the Cedars, Avalanche Lake Trail, or McDonald Creek Falls Trail. We will break into smaller groups so that you can select the hike distance that best suits you that day. Each group will be led by a local expert who will share their knowledge of Glacier along the trail. Trail of the Cedars is a spectacular wet forest trail looping through old-growth stands of western red cedar, western hemlock and black cottonwood and borders a section of Avalanche Creek. Avalanche Lake Trail follows the west rim of the gorge and ends up at an idyllic, subalpine lake rimmed with waterfalls. McDonald Creek Trail wanders through a mixed woodland of hemlock, larch and Douglas fir, leading you on a path to McDonald Creek's turquoise waters and churning waterfalls.

Lunch: Along the trail, enjoy a fresh, pre-selected sack-lunch sandwich or wrap that will include sides and a cookie. Please bring your own reusable, one liter leak-proof water bottle to consume at lunch and throughout the day.

Afternoon: We will continue our expert-led hikes through the beautiful Lake McDonald Valley. Returning to Lake McDonald, we’ll gather in the Creekside Room for a captivating introduction to Glacier National Park presented by a local expert.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner tonight in Glacier National Park at Jammer Joe’s Grill and Pizzeria. Order off the menu that includes pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. Non-alcoholic drinks included, additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll walk a short distance to the boat dock for a cruise around Lake McDonald on an historic wooden boat. A narrative of the lake will help orient us to the terrain and history of the park.

DAY
3
Many Glacier, Interpretive Scenic Hikes, Presentation
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
B,L,D
Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: Hiking 2 to 4 miles on maintained dirt trails that may be rocky and uneven. Starting elevation approximately 4,900 feet, max elevation 5,200 feet. We'll split into smaller groups with varying distance choices; distance dependent on personal preference. Driving approximately 60 miles, 2 hours each way. Restroom facilities are available at most trail heads.

Breakfast: Order off the menu at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge or choose the full buffet.

Morning: We'll depart for the northeast side of Glacier National Park via the Going to the Sun Road. The Many Glacier Valley showcases amazing views of rugged peaks, pristine lakes and roaming wildlife. Expert field instructors will lead us on beautiful trails with breathtaking views.

Lunch: Along the trail we will stop to eat our sack lunch.

Afternoon: We will continue our expert-led hikes before returning to Lake McDonald.

Dinner: Order off the menu at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Evening: We’ll gather again in the Creekside Room for a presentation covering more of the amazing ecosystems and history of Glacier National Park.

DAY
4
Logan Pass via Going-to-the-Sun Road, Interpretive Hike
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
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Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: Hiking 2 to 4 miles on maintained dirt trails that may be rocky and uneven, and boardwalks with steep stairs. Starting elevation approximately 6,700 feet, max elevation 7,200 feet. We'll split into smaller groups with varying distance choices; distance dependent on personal preference. Driving approximately 22 miles, 45 minutes each way. Restroom facilities are available at most trail heads.

Breakfast: Order off the menu at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Morning: This morning drive the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road, an engineering marvel with portions built on mountain cliffs complete with tunnels, arches and narrow switchbacks, which help showcase Glacier's stunning scenery. Cross the Continental Divide at Logan Pass where waters flow either to the Pacific or the Atlantic.

Lunch: Sack lunch along the trail.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration along the Going-to-the-Sun Road with hikes led by expert field instructors, then return to Lake McDonald.

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

DAY
5
Presentation, Scenic Float Trip on the Flathead River
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
B,L,D
Motel Lake McDonald

Activity note: No group hikes scheduled today. Travel by bus approximate total of 1 hour today. Float trip on inflatable raft will last approximately 2 to 3 hours, with opportunities to get out and stretch your legs, and paddle (optional). Life jackets, water shoes, and (optional) wet suits are provided. For the evening, bring a jacket or extra layer as it may be cool. Restroom facilities available at Raft Company.

Breakfast: Order off the menu at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Morning: A local expert will join us for a presentation on on more of the fascinating ecology and natural history of Glacier.

Lunch: At a grill and pizzeria in the Park, we’ll order from the menu that includes pizzas, salads, and sandwiches in a retro Red Bus atmosphere. Red Buses became famous in the 1930s as the way to explore the park. Trivia: The red color was made to match ripe Mountain Ash berries.

Afternoon: We’ll set out on a scenic interpretive float trip down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, each inflatable raft will be led by a certified guide.

Dinner: Directly following the float trip, we’ll celebrate our week of adventure and exploration with a special outdoor barbecue prepared just for us. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Lake McDonald in West Glacier
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Order off the menu at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge, open from 6:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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!






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