|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – August 2008
Scramble up class III peaks and cross late summer snowfields on this strenuous but straightforward trip through Montana's big-mountain country.
Glacier may be petite compared to America's bigger parks–at just over one million acres, it ranks 15th on the NPS size chart–but it sure feels huge on foot. The twisted topography packs 151 trails, 653 lakes, 37 glaciers, and 175 peaks into 1,583 square miles. Grizzly bears, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep roam the wildflower meadows and granite folds. For hikers, the sum is much greater than the parts, and what they add up to is America's most beautiful mountain park.