Ranger-led Activities September 2018

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Lake McDonald Valley

Due to wildland fire activity, and area closures at the time of this printing, specific ranger-led programs offered after September 4th are posted on bulletin boards and visitor centers.

Astronomy


Glacier’s Night Sky Astronomy - 9:30 pm
September 2, 3, 4

Join an astronomer-in-the-park and peer into
the mysteries of the night sky. Telescope viewing
is available. Binoculars encouraged. Attendees
are able to leave early, if desired. Dependent on
weather and sky conditions.
2 hours
Apgar Visitor Center parking lot

Boat Tours

Lake McDonald Boat Tour - 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm
September 1, 2, 3

Cruise on Lake McDonald and enjoy a sampling of Glacier’s
stories and scenery aboard the historic DeSmet.
Arrive 20minutes prior to departure.
Fee: $18.25 adults; $9.25 children ages 4-12;
free for ages 3 and younger. Reservations are
highly recommended.
For reservations, call (406) 257-2426 or
visit www.glacierparkboats.com.
1 hour
Lake McDonald Lodge boat dock

Drop-in Programs

Park rangers will be available during the times listed.
“Drop-in” and see what we are up to. Stay for a
minute or stay for an hour.

Story behind the Scenery - 2:00 pm
September 3

Thrill at amazing views and learn about the
natural and cultural history which has shaped the
surrounding landscape.
Anytime between 2 pm and 3 pm
Apgar Village Green lakeshore
(Located across from the motels in Apgar Village)

Evening Programs

Park rangers will be available during the times
listed. “Drop-in” and see what we are up to.
Stay for a minute or stay for an hour.

Apgar Campground Evening Talk - 6:45 pm
September 4

Explore Glacier’s natural and cultural history along
the shore of Lake McDonald. Check bulletin boards
for specific topics. Non-campers welcome.
Limited parking space available.
45 minutes
Apgar Campground Amphitheater

Apgar Campground Evening Talk - 7:30 pm
September 1, 2

Explore Glacier’s natural and cultural history along
the shore of Lake McDonald. Check bulletin boards
for specific topics. Non-campers welcome.
Limited parking space available.
45 minutes
Apgar Campground Amphitheater


Fish Creek Campground Evening Program – 9:00 pm
September 1, 2

Sit back, relax and uncover the diversity of
Glacier National Park. Check bulletin boards
for specific topics.
Non-campers welcome. Limited parking
space available.
45 minutes
Fish Creek Campground Amphitheater


Native America Speaks – 7:30 pm
September 3

Gain a new perspective as members of the Salish,
Kootenai, and Kalispell, tribes share their histories
and traditions. Non-campers welcome.
Limited parking space available.
45 minutes
Apgar Campground Amphitheater

Walks and Hikes

Avalanche Lake Hike
Due to wildland fire activity and area closures at the time of printing, specific ranger-led programs offered after September 4 are posted at bulletin boards and visitor centers.
Journey through a majestic old growth forest to scenic
Avalanche Lake and uncover the intricacies
of this unique environment.
3½ hours, moderate 5-mile (8 km) hike
Avalanche Creek roadside parking area


Creekside Stroll – 9:30 am
September 1, 3

Enjoy a casual stroll through diverse habitats
along beautiful lower McDonald Creek.
2¼ hours, easy 2-mile (3.2 km) walk
Apgar Visitor Center flagpole


Johns Lake Loop Hike
Due to wildland fire activity and area closures at the time of printing, specific ranger-led programs offered after September 4 are posted at bulletin boards and visitor centers.
Explore striking cedar-hemlock forests, quiet
lakes, and roaring cascades on this leisurely hike.
2 hours, easy 2-mile (3.2 km) hike
Johns Lake Trailhead

(1.5 miles north of the Lake McDonald Lodge on
the Going-to-the-Sun Road)


Rocky Point Ramble
Due to wildland fire activity and area closures at the time of printing, specific ranger-led programs offered after September 4 are posted at bulletin boards and visitor centers.
Enjoy scenic vistas and a diverse landscape as
you hike along an ever-changing trail to the
shores of Lake McDonald.
2 hours, moderate 2.25-mile (3.6 km) hike
Rocky Point Trailhead

(0.25 mile north of Fish Creek Campground kiosk on
he Inside North Fork Road)


Autumn Amble
Due to wildland fire activity and area closures at the time of printing, specific ranger-led programs offered after September 4 are posted at bulletin boards and visitor centers.
Discover what is happening to the forest and
its inhabitants during the changing season.
2 hours, easy 1.75-mile (2.8 km) walk
Lower McDonald Creek Bridge - Camas Road
(0.25 miles west of the Apgar Village turnoff)

Beginners Bird Walk - 8:45 am
September 4

Join this introductory bird walk and learn the
basics to identifying birds and uncover their
unique natural history. Bring binoculars.
2 hours, easy 1.5-mile (2.4 km) walk
Make reservations, in person, up to three days in
advance at the Apgar Visitor Center.


Forest and Fire Walk
Due to wildland fire activity and area closures at the time of printing, specific ranger-led programs offered after September 4 are posted at bulletin boards and visitor centers.
Experience a different area of the park while exploring a forest reborn from fire and uncovering the diversity contained within.
1.5 hours, easy 1.1-mile (1.5 km) walk
Forest and Fire Trailhead - Camas Road
(11 miles north of the Apgar Village turnoff on
the Camas Road. Near the Camas Creek
Entrance to the park.)


Journey to Apgar Lookout
Due to wildland fire activity and area closures at the time of printing, specific ranger-led programs offered after September 4 are posted at bulletin boards and visitor centers.
Ascend through an emerging forest to a
mountain summit and find inspiration in the
breathtaking views from a historic fire tower.
5 hours, strenuous 6.6-mile (10.6 km) hike
Apgar Lookout Trailhead

(Turn on Quarter Circle Bridge Road 0.5 mile north
of the West Entrance and continue ~2.5 miles)


Trees along the Trail Walk - 2:00 pm
September 3

Meander along an easy trail to discover the trees
in the park and the stories they tell.
1 hour, easy 1-mile (1.4 km) walk
Apgar Visitor Center flagpole

Walking the Water’s Edge - 2:30 pm
September 1, 2

Discover the area’s natural and cultural history as
you explore the land where forest meets creek.
2 hours, easy 1.75-mile (2.8 km) walk
Lower McDonald Creek Bridge - Camas Road
(0.25 miles west of the Apgar Village turnoff)

Talks

Amazing Animals Talk - 1:30 pm
September 1, 2, 3

Explore the natural history and adaptations of some
of Glacier’s famous inhabitants.
30 minutes
Apgar Visitor Center plaza


Ranger’s Choice Talk - 3:00 pm
September 1, 3

Discover unique aspects of the park as a
park ranger explores a topic of his/her choice.
30 minutes
Apgar Visitor Center plaza


Wildlife Encounters Talk - 10:30 am
September 1, 2, 3, 4

Bear? Mountain lion? Learn how to enjoy the park safely.
Includes a bear spray demonstration.
15-20 minutes
Apgar Visitor Center plaza

Wildlife Encounters Talk - 12:30 pm
September 1

Bear? Mountain lion? Learn how to enjoy the park safely.
Includes a bear spray demonstration.
15-20 minutes
Apgar Visitor Center plaza

Walking Tours

Nurturing Native Plants Walking Tour - 10:00 am
September 4

Take an intimate look at how plants are grown in
the park’s Native Plant Nursery and used in
revegetation projects throughout the park.
1½ hours, easy 0.25-mile (.4 km) walking tour
Park Headquarters flagpole

St. Mary Valley

Astronomy Program

Half the Park Happens After Dark - At Dark
September 1, 5, 6

Join an astronomer-in-the-park for a tour of the heavens
and learn why protecting dark skies is so important to all
life on our planet. Offered on clear nights only. To ensure
best night sky viewing, please arrive before viewing time.
Bring a coat and chair.
Viewing begins at dark and will continue until 12:30 am
St. Mary Visitor Center parking lot

Boat Tours and Hikes

Boat Trip & Hike to St. Mary Falls – 10:30 am & 2:00 pm
September 1, 2, 3

Cruise St. Mary Lake and be inspired by the glacial forces
that sculpted the landscape. Revel amongst towering peaks
while learning about Glacier’s ever-changing landscape.
Take the optional 3-mile round-trip guided hike and see
natural renewal of the land following the 2015 Reynolds Creek Fire.
Catch a later boat back.
Boat tour reservations are highly recommended. Limited same day
tickets are available on a walk-up basis. Fee: $27.50 adults;
$13.75 children 4-12; free for ages 3 and younger.
Reservations can be made by calling (406) 257-2426.
Arrive 20 minutes prior to departure.

3½ hours, moderate 3-mile (4.8 km) hike
Rising Sun boat dock

(6 miles west of the St. Mary Visitor Center on the Going-to-the-Sun Road)

Drop-In Program

Park rangers will be available during the times listed.
“Drop-in” and see what we are up to. Stay for a minute or stay for an hour.


Goodbye to the Glaciers - 2:30 pm
Daily, September 4 through 23

View Jackson Glacier, one of the larger glaciers left in the park.
Learn about our disappearing glaciers and the impact their loss
will have on the park and beyond.
Anytime between 2:30 pm and 4 pm
Jackson Glacier Overlook

(5 miles east of Logan Pass and 12 miles west of St. Mary)

Evening Programs

Evening Talk at the St. Mary Visitor Center - 7:30 pm
Daily, September 4 through 23

Because of the unpredictable September weather,
our campground talks are moving inside after
Labor Day! Join a ranger for an engaging look
at the natural and cultural history of the park.
Check bulletin boards in the campground and
visitor center for specific topics.
45 minutes
St. Mary Visitor Center Auditorium

(Enter the auditorium through the side doors near the restrooms)

Rising Sun Campground Evening Talk - 7:30 pm
September 1, 2, 3

Experience a national park tradition by joining a ranger for an
engaging look at the natural and cultural history of the park.
Check bulletin boards for specific topics. Limited parking space available.
45 minutes
Rising Sun Campground Amphitheater


St. Mary Campground Evening Talk - 7:30 pm
September 1, 2, 3

Experience a national park tradition by joining a ranger for an
engaging look at the natural and cultural history of the park.
Check bulletin boards for specific topics. Limited parking space available.
45 minutes
St. Mary Campground Amphitheater, Loop C

Guided Hikes


Mountains, Meadows, & Magic Forest Hike - 9:30 am
Daily, September 4 through 30

Hike through peaceful open meadows with
awe-inspiring glimpses of Glacier’s mountains.
Revel in autumn glory while hiking with a ranger
through golden aspen groves and forests of aged
Douglas-fir. Listen for the bugle of elk while marveling
at busy beavers maintaining their dam and readying
their lodge for winter.
2 hours, easy, 3-mile (4.8 km) hike
1913 Ranger Station parking lot

(0.5 mile from the St. Mary Visitor Center)

Hike to Baring & St. Mary Falls - 2:00 pm
September 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21

Experience breathtaking views from Sun Point and venture
down the trail to discover the splendor of Baring and St. Mary Falls.
Experience the rejuvenating effect of Glacier’s water as you hike along
St. Mary Lake and be inspired by nature’s renewal after the
2015 Reynolds Creek fire.
3 hours, moderate 4.8-mile (7.7 km) hike
Sun Point Trailhead

Two Medicine Valley

Boat Tours and Hikes

Boat tour reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
Limited same day tickets may be available on a walk-up basis.
Fee: $13.75 adults; $6.75 children 4-12; free for ages 3 and younger.
Arrive 20 minutes prior to departure.


Boat Tour & Hike to No Name Lake - 10:30 am
September 2

Cruise Two Medicine Lake and then join a ranger for a rewarding hike
to No Name Lake. Expect many surprises as we climb steeply at first,
then gently to this blue-green lake nestled at the base of Pumpelly Pillar.
Lush, flower-filled meadows, goats, moose, and pikas are all possible
along with outstanding views. The pastoral setting for lunch on the lake
will contrast with our boulder field experience afterwards. Return on the
North Shore Trail with the ranger or return by boat.
5½ hours, moderate 7.4-mile (11.9 km) hike
Two Medicine boat dock

Boat Tour & Hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake - 11:30 am
September 1, 3

Cruise scenic Two Medicine Lake and join a ranger for a gentle hike
to Upper Two Medicine Lake. Pause at Twin Falls and traverse
flower-filled meadows on your way to the lake.
5 hours, easy 4.4-miles (7 km) hike
Two Medicine boat dock

Evening Programs

Native America Speaks - 7:30 pm
September 1

Members of the Blackfeet Tribe share their cultural
histories and traditions with visitors.
Limited parking space available.
45 minutes
Two Medicine Amphitheater (Loop B, site 40)


Two Medicine Campground Evening Talk - 7:30 pm
September 2, 3

Experience a national park tradition by joining a ranger for
an engaging look at the natural and cultural history of the park.
Check bulletin boards for specific topics. Limited parking space available.
45 minutes
Two Medicine Amphitheater (Loop B, site 40)

Guided Hikes

Aster Park Hike - 11:30 am
September 2, 3

Take delight in a moderate hike past moose and beaver
ponds to the simple beauty of Aster Falls, then continue
sharply upward 670 feet to Aster Park Overlook where you
can enjoy your lunch and the splendid, panoramic views of
the Two Medicine Valley.
4 hours, moderate 4-mile (6.4 km) hike
Two Medicine Campstore


Cobalt Lake Hike - 9:00 am
September 1

Flower-filled meadows bursting with color, waterfalls washing away your cares, and towering old growth forest cooling your brow. This is what awaits you as you venture deep into the Two Medicine Valley and discover gorgeous Cobalt Lake.
7 hours, strenuous 11.4-mile (18.3 km) hike
Two Medicine Campstore

Many Glacier Valley

Boat Tours and Hikes

Grinnell Glacier Boat Tour & Hike - 8:30 am
Daily, September 1 through 16
View spectacular scenery, including three of the park’s receding glaciers.
Boat tour reservations are recommended. Limited same day tickets may
be available on a walk-up basis. Hikes may be canceled or altered due to
trail conditions. Fee: $27.50 adults; $13.75 children 4-12; free for ages 3
and younger. Reservations can be made by calling (406) 257-2426.

8½ hours, strenuous 8-mile (12.9 km) hike
Many Glacier Hotel boat dock

Evening Programs

Many Glacier Campground Evening Talk - 7:00 pm
September 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12

Experience a national park tradition by joining a ranger
for an engaging look at the natural and cultural history of the park.
Check bulletin boards for specific topics. Non-campers welcome.
45 minutes
Many Glacier Campground Amphitheater


Many Glacier Hotel Evening Program - 8:00 pm
September 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Spend an evening discovering the many wonders of Glacier National Park
in this illustrated ranger presentation. Check bulletin boards for specific topics.
All park visitors welcome.
45 minutes
Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room


Triple Divide: Heritage and Legacy - 8:00 pm
September 1, 9

Explore the Native American connection to this landscape through
a multimedia presentation with original music performed by
Blackfeet storysmith, Jack Gladstone.
1 hour
Many Glacier Hotel Lucerne Room

Guided Hikes

Iceberg Lake Hike - 8:30 am
September 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17

Discover the treasures of Glacier’s interior on this vista-filled hike
to a unique cirque where icebergs linger in the lake much of the summer.
7 hours, moderate 10-mile (16 km) hike
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn porch


Red Rock Falls Hike - 2:00 pm
September 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23

The wonders of the Swiftcurrent Valley await you on this ranger-led
hike to Red Rock Falls. Look for moose in Fishercap Lake and enjoy
the autumn splendor.
2.5 hours, easy 3.6-mile (5.8 km) hike
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn porch


Stroll Along Swiftcurrent Lake - 10:00 am
September 8, 15, 22

Join a ranger for a relaxed walk along Swiftcurrent Lake, taking in the beauty and serenity of autumn in Many Glacier. Continue on your own to complete the full 2.5-mile loop around the lake or return with the ranger to the Many Glacier Hotel.
1 hour, easy 0.8-mile (1.3 km) hike
Swiftcurrent Lake Loop Trailhead

(south end of the Many Glacier Hotel)

Hotel Tour

Historic Hotel Walking Tour - 2:00 pm
Daily, September 1 through 17

Why is there a Swiss-style hotel decorated with
Japanese light fixtures in the middle of a U. S. National Park?
Come learn about the history and traditions of the Many Glacier Hotel.
1 hour, some walking with stairs
Many Glacier Hotel lobby

Spotting Scope Program

Scope It Out - 5:30 pm
September 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12

A Watchable Wildlife Activity
Use our spotting scopes to scan the slopes for mountain goats
bighorn sheep, and the occasional bear. A park ranger will be
available to answer your questions about Glacier’s animals.
Drop by between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot

Talks

Where Have All the Glaciers Gone? - 10:30 am
September 6, 13

Are you here today specifically to visit Glacier National Park before
the glaciers are gone? Join a ranger to learn about the advance and
retreat of our namesake ice over the years.
45 minutes
Many Glacier Hotel lobby

Logan Pass

Astronomy Program

Logan Pass Star Party* - 8:00 pm
September 7

Take advantage of Glacier’s unusually dark skies and join rangers and members
of the Big Sky Astronomy Club to gaze through telescopes into the depths of the
universe. Admission by ticket only. Tickets ($5 per vehicle) are available at the
Apgar or St. Mary Visitor Center bookstores beginning the day before the star party.
* In case of inclement weather, programs will be held the following night.
Check at visitor centers or park’s social media accounts for information.

8 pm to midnight
Logan Pass Visitor Center parking lot

Drop-in Program

Park rangers will be available during the times listed. “Drop-in”
and see what we are up to. Stay for a minute or stay for an hour.


Goodbye to the Glaciers - 5:00 pm
September 1, 2, 3

Learn about our disappearing glaciers and the impacts their loss will have on the park and beyond. In case of inclement weather, the program will move inside the visitor center.
Anytime between 5 pm and 6 pm
Back doors of the Logan Pass Visitor Center

Goat Haunt

Guided Hike

A passport is required for all Goat Haunt programs. In addition,
all participants should plan on arriving early to the Waterton
Marina to allow time for required pre-clearance processing
using the Reporting Offsite Arrival - Mobile (ROAM) application.


Rainbow Falls Hike - 11:15 am
September 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23

Delight in the wonders of water as you traipse through towering
trees and traverse along-side Waterton River. Bring a lunch to eat
above the cascading water of Rainbow Falls on this easy hike.
Board the 10 am cruise from Waterton, and make arrangements
with the boat company to return on the 2:30 pm boat.
2 hours, easy 2-mile (3.2 km) hike
Goat Haunt Ranger Station

 

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