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Mountain Map: Glacier National Park, MT

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With 1,584 square miles of soaring peaks, alpine tundra, and yes, glaciers, this mountain mecca belongs on every hiker's life list. We rounded up five of our scouts' top treks in the Many Glacier region—so when you get there, you'll shoot straight to the park's best terrain.

The High Life: Granite Park Chalet, MT

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Discover Glacier's historic lodging.

2012 Glacier Unforgettable Sweepstakes Offical Rules

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Burn After Reading

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Empty White Mountain summits. Tourist-free Yellowstone geysers. Rarely hiked Yosemite ridges. Rangers, guidebook writers, outfitters, and ultra-hikers dish their favorite routes for the first time.

Readers' Choice 2012: Reader Leader Contest Winners

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More than 150 of you entered our contest to become a BACKPACKER field scout. Meet the winners.

Readers' Choice 2012: Reader Leader: Glacier Magic

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More than 150 of you entered our contest to become a BACKPACKER field scout. Meet the winners here, starting with Colleen Contrisciane-Lewis, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. She earned the all-expenses-paid grand prize: an assignment to hike—and report on—her dream trip. Read about her 85-mile, weeklong transect of Glacier National Park on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.

National Parks: Glacier

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Rule #1 when planning a hike through this iconic park: Let your ambition match the scenery.

National Parks: View Finder

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Go ahead, look again. And again. These images are worth a third, fourth, and then a tenth gaze.

Readers' Choice 2011: America's Best Hikes

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The undisputed local experts—you—chose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways from Alaska to Alabama.

Readers' Choice: Rockies

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Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Rockies.

Our Backyard: Glacier National Park

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Trek through grizzly terrain in Glacier National Park.

Best Hikes Ever: St. Mary to McDonald Lake, MT

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Hike lake to lake through bear central in Glacier National Park.

Best. Hikes. Ever.

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We've covered 245,591 miles of trails in our 37-year history. Here are our 20 all-time favorite trips, plus—shocking!—20 routes we never covered.

Best Hikes Ever: Logging Lake Trail, MT

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Hike a forested, fire-scarred trail between two iconic pools.

The Peak: Triple Divide Peak, Glacier NP

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In Glacier National Park, summit a mountain that feeds three oceans.

Glacier's Gladiator: Harvey Locke's Glacier National Park Mission

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For 20 years, Harvey Locke has fought to protect the park's Flathead River.

Life's Short, Hike More!

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What makes a backpacker a backpacker? It's not the garage full of gear or piles of guidebooks--it's the experiences, from thru-hiking a long trail to pushing your personal envelope to inspiring a child's love of wilderness. Here we present BACKPACKER's new Life List: 10 experiences to add to your tick-listnow--and the key skills you need to nail them.

Secret Hikes: Glacier National Park

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Score wildlife sightings daily, choice views hourly--and at least one juicy burger--on this weeklong circuit.

Secret Hikes of the National Parks

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The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.

Watch it, Save it: Preview the Film Flathead Wild

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The next best thing to hiking Glacier National Park's Flathead River Valley? Seeing the movie! Watch a trailer for Flathead Wild by the Epicocity Project.

Glacier's Greatest: Screen It

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Score wildlife sightings daily, choice views hourly--and at least one juicy burger--on this weeklong circuit. Northwest editor Michael Lanza shows you how with a GPS tracklog and Google flyover video..

National Parks Center

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We've collected the best hikes, most amazing photos, and mind-blowing videos for the ultimate National Park planning center. Get inspired and get hiking now!

Ultimate Rocky Mountain Destinations

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Disappear into Yellowstone's forgotten peaks. Bag Colorado's most exciting Fourteener. Hike Utah's unknown long trail Our field editors pick 24 epics for your Rockies life list.

Readers' Choice Mountain West Hike: Santa Maria Spring, Grand Canyon NP

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Gaze into the world's most beautiful labyrinth.

Readers' Choice Mountain West: Mr. Bubbles, Yellowstone NP

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Relax in an effervescent bath far from the dayhiking crowds.

Readers' Choice Mountain West Hike: West Maroon Pass, CO

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Trip through kaleidoscopic color amid high-alpine splendor.

Readers' Choice Mountain West: Mills Lake, Rocky Mountain NP

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Get big payoffs on an easy hike.

Readers' Choice Mountain West: The Colorado Trail

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Thru-hike America's highest trail.

Readers' Choice Mountain West: Gunsight Pass, Glacier NP

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See the park's famed glaciers from a high mountain pass.

Reader Essays: The Ridge of Defeat

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Barrie Imhoff tempts fate in Glacier National Park.

Northern Rockies: Dawson Pass Loop, Glacier National Park

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See the best of Montana without the crowds.

Watch It, Hike It: An Episode-by-Episode Guide to The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Ken Burns

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Catch these highlights from The National Parks: America's Best Idea, then download maps to hike to them yourself.

America's Scariest Trails: Vanished

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Lost? Murdered? When the wilderness swallows people without a trace, who's to say what happened?

National Parks Confidential: Q & A with Filmmaker Ken Burns

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On the eve of his much-anticipated documentary, Ken Burns discusses the heroes and history of America's most precious wildlands–and the new challenges they face now.

Natural Wonders: Three Treks to Life-List Phenomena

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Check out the world's hottest hydrothermal fumarole, Glacier's grizzlies, and a venus flytryp in North Carolina.

Perfect Substitutes: Crowd-Free Destinations

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You know that the big-name parks draw big-time crowds. But each of those outdoor icons has a lesser-known replacement that offers some of the same classic features and epic scenery–and you get it all to yourself.

National Parks Hall of Fame: Best Alpine Hike

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Live longer, take the North Circle Route. Glacier's highcountry views and crisp alpine air are rumored to add years to a backpacker's being.

Readers' Choice Awards 2009

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Discover the best hike in every state, as voted by BACKPACKER readers. Plus: your essential gear, most desirable tentmate, worst-ever adventure movie, and our picks for the best reader-submitted photos.

Phenomenon: Glacial Relics

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The Ice Age left its mark from Acadia to Yosemite. Here's scenic evidence.

Poll: What's Your Favorite National Park?

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Bear Patrol in Glacier

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Traverse the wildest part of the lower 48's last great grizzly hideaway.

National Parks Lifelist

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The ultimate vacation in one of America's iconic parks requires the ultimate hiking plan: classic scenery, no crowds, and secret campsites. Here's how to spend a perfect week in Glacier, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Olympic, Denali, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Denali National Park

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Hike with grizzlies in this remote northern corner of Alaska's greatest park.

Yellowstone National Park

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America's first national park is a playground for grizzlies, wolves, moose, and hikers (not in that order).

Olympic National Park

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Explore two ecosystems in this hinterland of moss-draped forests, ancient trees, and snowcapped peaks.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Graze blueberry patches, explore swimming holes, and tag the South's high points on this sultry hike.

Grand Canyon National Park

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Drop into America's belly on a little-known hike that dips in and out of four different canyons, each blessed with gurgling spring water.

Yosemite National Park

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Climb classic Sierra passes, ogle granite monoliths, and camp above treeline in John Muir's second home.

Glacier National Park

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Scramble up class III peaks and cross late summer snowfields on this strenuous but straightforward trip through Montana's big-mountain country.

National Parks Lifelist: Intro

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Trek Newfoundland's Long Range Traverse

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Coastal views, mountains, and fjords await on the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park.

America's 10 Most Dangerous Hikes - Huckleberry Mtn., Apgar Range, MT

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Fatten griz for winter

How Your Kid Can Save a Park

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Send him out on a work trip. Let wilderness do the rest.

How to Light a Campfire in the Smokies

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Trees, trees are everywhere, but sometimes there isn't a dry twig in sight.

National Park Vacation Planners: 3D Videos and Downloadable Beta

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3-D hike videos, complete trip planner pdfs, our interactive ParkFinder tool, and more.

How to Score Denali's Choicest Permits

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The system was rigged, says a former ranger. Here's how to beat it.

May Close-to-Home Hikes

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Our map team has been hard at work plotting the coolest hikes. Check out May's selections here.

Survival Story: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in Glacier National Park

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On August 25, 2005, Johan Otter and his 18-year-old daughter, Jenna, hiked right into the worst nightmare of any Glacier National Park backpacker: a 300-pound mother grizzly protecting two cubs. Here, in his own words, the 45-year-old physical therapist from Escondido, CA, shares the incredible story of their life-and-death struggle.

Adventure Guide: Glacier National Park

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Explore six new routes through the most rugged, scenic, and wildife-rich mountains in the Lower 48.

Essential National Park Skills: The Ultimate Park Pass

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Write your own ticket to new adventures with these 10 territory-expanding skills.

Paddling's Greatest Getaways

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16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.

Hike Glacier National Park

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Visitors to Montana's Glacier National Park can visit on the cheap or pay an arm and a leg -- but each way has its unique charms.

Phenomenon: Glaciers

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Glaciers sculpt mountains, dredge valleys, and remain an unending source of fascination for hikers.

Backpack Alberta's Carthew Summit

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Memorable panoramas of Glacier National Park's high peaks

Hike Glacier National Park's Triple Divide Peak

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The ultimate continental divide and a legendary mountaineering traverse

Touched By A Grizzly

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Can anyone really know what lurks in the heart of a grizzly? In the wilds of Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, Charlie Russell believes he is beginning to find out.

Expedition Planner: Glacier National Park, MT

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Get more Glacier hiking ideas in our online exclusive

Glacier National Park

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3 hidden hikes in our readers' favorite backpacking park

Montana, Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park

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The most-studied glacier in the park lets you see global warming in action.

Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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Paddle blue inlets too new for any topo.

The Global Warming Tour 2003

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The ultimate guide to greenhouse adventure, featuring 8 surprising new trips, acres of virgin terrain, and a peek at the future of North American wilderness.

Cascade Pass, North Cascades National Park

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The Cascade scenery on this hike can only be compared to those of the Alps.

Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park

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Some of the most classic glacier scenery is offered to all visitors of this national park.

Wild Weddings

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Want a ceremony that reflects your passion for the outdoors? Here's everything you need to know to pull off a wilderness wedding.

Best Backpacking In Montana

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Montana.

National Parks: Best Wildlife

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Where the words "wild" and "life" take on new meaning

National Parks: Best Scenery

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The greatest backpacking parks in the United States, chosen for their scenery.

National Parks: Best Overall Park

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Glacier National Park possesses scenery that'll suck the breath out of your lungs, quiet so intense you'll wonder if your ears still work, and enough wildlife to make a zookeeper drool with envy.

Editor's Choice: Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park

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Bears electrify an already incredible experience at Glacier National Park's Bowman Lake.

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