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Forum topic by pierce85 posted 08-23-2011 05:59 PM 716 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2011 05:59 PM

My brother and I are heading off to Glacier National Park the first week of September. We’ll be tent camping in the park and was wondering if anyone had any advice, experiences, etc., to share on any of the Park campgrounds or just the Park itself. I see that LJ member Splinters (aka Dave Mitchell) lives on the northwest side of Glacier and is a retired Park Ranger, but he hasn’t posted in a while.

We’re looking for sites offering relative solitude but not of the sort requiring hiking it into the backcountry. Amenities such as flush toilets and showers are not necessary, so more primitive sites are fine. My biggest concern is weather – not a fan of waking up in puddles. So I’m thinking camp sites on the east side of the Park are my best bet – St. Mary, Rising Sun, and Two Medicine, with Two Medicine being the top candidate so far.


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#1 posted 08-23-2011 06:38 PM

I can’t help with campsites, but when we were there in 76, we had to go around in late June because the pass wasn’t open yet. I doubt if that happens now with all the glaciers melting ;-(( We were able to get in from the east side the next day. Triple Divide Peak is in teh park. Water from it flows into the Pacific, Atlantic and Hudson’s BAy.

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#2 posted 08-23-2011 07:54 PM

St Mary is a nice town. They have a little restaurant there( I can’t remember the name) where none of the plates match but the food is good and the home made pies are the greatest. I had to reserve a piece the day before, because they were all gone at supper time. I do remember the town over run with elk. They were everywhere- around the houses and in the front and back yards. That was during the rut.
Don’t forget to drive up on the Going To The Sun Highway! It closes often because of snow storms up the


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#3 posted 08-24-2011 02:18 AM

@Topa – They were in a similar situation this summer still removing snow from some of the roads in July. They had an unusually high amount of snow this year as did almost everyone in country. Apparently, it can get down to 20 degrees at night in the middle of August.

Thanks for the restaurant tip, Jim. We are going through St Mary and will definitely check it out.

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#4 posted 08-24-2011 01:32 PM

Pierce, have a nice safe trip – I’ll bet it is absolutely beautiful up there.

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#5 posted 08-24-2011 01:41 PM

Thanks, helluvawreck! It’ll be my first time at Glacier. I’ve done Yellowstone before and while it was beautiful, the crowds were a little too much for me. So I’m looking forward to a less touristy experience.

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