Hiking – Guided wilderness day tours
Escape the crowds and go for a hike in our beautiful state and national forests.
Glacier Adventure Guides custom hiking tours take you away from the crowds of Glacier Park and into the vast surrounding wilderness. We tailor trips to your fitness level and schedule. Guests will explore the trails of the Flathead Range and Kootenai National Forest, pristine areas many other visitors never see.
Pick huckleberries, see wildflowers and wildlife and take a dip in an alpine lake on one of our tours! We also offer day tours to Webb and McGuire lookout towers in the peaks of the nearby ranges.
For those seeking something less committing, we offer day hikes on Columbia Mountain and Glacier View mountain, which are closer to Columbia Falls.
Day trips: Meet at the Glacier Adventure Guides office at 9 a.m., where we will drive to the trail head. Full or half day of hiking, return to Columbia Falls in the evening.
Day Backpack (20-35 L)
Food & snacks
Glacier Adventure Guides lead day treks to wilderness areas outside of Glacier Park. We are not permitted to guide in Glacier in the summer.
One of the most scenic hikes we offer and a guest favorite. Begin deep in the Kootenai National Forest and climb a moderate trail through wildflowers and huckleberry bushes. The trail leads us to a long ridge with views of nearby Krinklehorn Peak. After lunch on the summit, hikers have the option to drop down to an unnamed alpine lake for a quick dip before heading back to the trailhead. This classic tour should not be missed!
TRAILHEAD: DEEP CREEK (50-MINUTE DRIVE FROM COLUMBIA FALLS)
BEST SEASON: MAY – OCT.
LENGTH: 11 MI (18 km) round trip
ELEVATION GAIN: 1900′ (580m)
The closest adventure to our office, Columbia Mountain offers tremendous rewards for those with the motivation. The trail climbs steadily far above the Flathead Valley, bringing hikers to the summit of the most prominent peak above Columbia Falls. Summit views include the South Fork of the Flathead, Hungry Horse Reservoir and the greater Flathead Valley. This can also be a shortened out and back for those who want a quick hike close to town.
TRAILHEAD: COLUMBIA MTN. (5-MINUTE DRIVE FROM COLUMBIA FALLS)
BEST SEASON: MAY – OCT.
LENGTH: <12 MI (19 km) round trip
ELEVATION GAIN: 4100′ (1250m) to summit
GLACIER VIEW MOUNTAIN
The wildfires of 2003 scorched the slopes of Glacier View mountain, leaving the mountain with relatively little vegetation. For hikers, this means non-stop views all the way to the summit of this terrific high point. Scramble up a long ridge, taking in the beauty of the North Fork of the Flathead and the peak-filled skyline.
TRAILHEAD: CAMAS BRIDGE (35-MINUTE DRIVE FROM COLUMBIA FALLS)
BEST SEASON: JUNE – OCT.
LENGTH: 5 MI (8 km) round trip
ELEVATION GAIN: 2700′ (820m) to summit
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.
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).
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.