Trail conditions and statuses change frequently. Please check the Trail Status page to see which trails are open.
Day Hike Planning
The links below provide individual area maps that include lists of recommended day hikes, including distances and elevation gain. There is no cell phone coverage outside of Apgar and St. Mary, so take screen shots and discuss plans ahead of time.
In the wilderness, little mistakes can quickly become big emergencies. Follow our advice to stay safe and be prepared:
What to Bring Hiking
Day Trip Plan
Please consider completing the voluntary Day Trip Plan (pdf) and leaving it with the front desk of your hotel or a traveling companion who is not hiking. This optional form can help you plan your trip and could be a valuable tool for search and rescue efforts if needed.
Some self-guided walks interpret trailside features with signs. The Trail of the Cedars, Forest and Fire, Hidden Lake, Running Eagle Falls, and Swiftcurrent Nature Trails encourage hikers to experience the park at their own pace.
Additional Planning Resources
Flickr photo albums offer previews of some popular hikes.
Hikers planning to camp in Glacier's backcountry must stop at the Apgar Wilderness Permit Center, St. Mary Visitor Center, or other ranger stations to obtain a wilderness camping permit. Visit our Wilderness Camping page for in-depth information.
Hiking alone is not recommended and there are opportunites to join groups if you would like.
Last updated: October 31, 2021