Backpacking

Get away from it all on a trip deep into the Montana wilderness.

Our backpacking adventures take you away from the crowds of Glacier Park and into the area’s vast surrounding wilderness. Glacier Adventure Guides is the premier outfitter for overnight trips outside of Glacier Park. We tailor trips to your fitness level and schedule.

Gaze at the stars, pick huckleberries, see wildflowers & wildlife and take a dip in an alpine lake on one of our tours! We also offer overnight tours to Webb and McGuire lookout towers in the peaks of the rugged Whitefish Range.

They’ve scouted out a really wide variety of some of the most lovely and off-the-beaten-path hikes (I think we saw maybe a dozen people over the most recent trip’s whole seven days) that were just challenging enough considering my sea-level constitution… They encouraged me to go at my own pace and were just fine stopping when I wanted to take everything in, rest and/or forage for huckleberries. I appreciated their patience even more knowing that they’re usually out climbing the toughest peaks, if you’re up for more of a challenge. –Nancy, via tripadvisor.com

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Sleeping in at McGuire Lookout.

We cover all logistics and meals, and offer basic gear rental, including sleeping pads, packs and tents. Our guides are exceptional backcountry cooks and custodians of the forest. We practice strict Leave No Trace Principles and can show you and your group what it means to “leave only footprints and take only pictures”.

ITINERARY:

  • Day 0: Meet at the Glacier Adventure Guides office in the evening, where we will inspect equipment and divide up group gear. This step can also be done the morning of departure.

  • Day 1: Depart the office, drive to the trail head, and hike in to the first campsite.

  • Days 2-9: Depending on your itinerary, we’ll spend the second day climbing a peak, hanging by a lake or picking huckleberries. Longer adventures will include moving camp, depending on the trip.

  • Final day: clean up camp and head back to the office.

EQUIPMENT LIST

BACKPACKING GEAR

Glacier Adventure Guides lead backpacking tours to areas deep in the Kootenai National Forest. We are not permitted to guide backpacking tours in Glacier Park in the summer.

DEEP MOUNTAIN - A fantastic backpack to the meadows below Deep Mountain
BOULDER LAKES - A short approach and easy camping deep in the Kootenai

Columbia Falls is located in northwest Montana and is known as “The Gateway to Glacier.”

The town is also a short drive from the North Fork of the Flathead River, and is surrounded by the Whitefish, Livingston and Swan mountain ranges and several national and state forests. While small, it’s a prime destination for skiing, hiking and camping, with enough amenities to keep you more than comfortable.

Drive times to Columbia Falls:

Glacier International Airport (FCA): 15 min.
Missoula International Airport (MSO): 2 hrs.
Whitefish Train Depot: 20 min.

Hotels: River Rock Hostel, Historic Tamarack Lodge, Whitefish Lake Lodge, Grouse Mountain Lodge, call us for more suggestions!

Cost includes:

Guide(s)

Group gear

Food

Equipment rental

Transportation from the office to trail head

Does not include:

Hotel costs before, during, or after the trips

Transportation from lodging to office (shuttle rates: $75 from town, $125 from Whitefish Mountain Resort).

Guide Gratuity

Ready to book? You have the option to either call and book via phone or through our secure Online Reservation System.

Need more information?

Free inquiries can be made by calling us at 877-735-9514 or emailing Greg Fortin, owner and lead guide.

All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver, fill out our Guide Questionnaire and agree to our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.