Off The Beaten Path : Group Guided Journey : Itinerary

Hiking and exploring Glacier and Waterton National Parks


2015 DEPARTURES

7/12-7/17, 7/19-7/24, 8/16-8/21

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Trip Length 6 days/5 nights
Group Size 4-16
Arrive/Depart Whitefish, Montana
Price From $2,995 to $3,495
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Day 1 (Glacier National Park) Meet your guide this morning and launch the adventure with the great Western tradition of a stop to “coffee up.” Then it’s on to Glacier National Park! In Glacier, you have the advantage of exploring with both your OBP guide as well as a special park guide—both experienced naturalists familiar with the region, and excited to introduce you to what many people consider the most pristine national park in the Lower 48. We stop for short hikes and photo opportunities to take in the dramatic, glacially carved scenery on the way to Many Glacier, an area of the park known for its lakes, waterfalls, forests, meadows, and hiking trails.
Day 2 (Glacier National Park) Watch the mountains of Glacier light up with the rising sun as the day begins. We have the full day to hike and explore this spectacular national park! Throughout the day, the guide explains the natural and cultural history of the area as you explore.
Day 3 (Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Park) Making the most of our time in glorious Glacier, we take a morning hike in the Many Glacier area before setting off on the next leg of this international national park adventure. We cross the border into Canada (have your passport handy), headed to Waterton Lakes National Park. When we arrive, dinner on the shores of Lake Waterton completes a fabulous day.
Day 4 (Waterton and Island Lake Lodge) From every angle of our travels, we see majestic towering cliffs, unusual geological formations, beautiful waterfalls, and snow-clad mountain peaks as we scan the hillsides for bear, moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. Our guide selects a hike based on the interests of the group, then we head north through Pincher Creek and west to Crowsnest Pass. At the town of Frank, we stop to visit the site of a devastating rockslide that thundered down over the town in 1903. The surreal landscape is a testament to the ultimate authority of nature and the reality of frontier life in the mountains. Later this afternoon we arrive in the beautiful Elk Valley, surrounded by rugged, forested mountains. Our luxury backcountry lodge is near the fun little town of Fernie, in a secluded and pristine wilderness setting with a world of nature at our doorstep.
Day 5 (Island Lake Lodge) Island Lake Lodge is a private enclave surrounded by 7,000 acres of Canadian wilderness. Hiking is right out the door, and today you’ll have guided options ranging from a one-hour walk in old-growth forest to a full-day hike to a mountain peak. Fly-fishing on the Elk River is also an optional activity for the day (for additional cost).
Day 6 (Kalispell for departures home) Head back across the border to catch afternoon departures from Kalispell—or stay a day or two longer to explore the fun town of Whitefish!