As many of us have learned, Glacier Park in the summertime is incredibly beautiful.... and incredibly busy. It quiets down later in the season after Going-to-the-Sun-Road officially closes for the winter, but does that really mean that there is nothing left to do?
We find that the off-season offers as many opportunities for those who are willing to work a little harder for them.
For those outdoor enthusiasts who are also looking for solititude in Glacier - DON'T drive up Going-to-the-Sun-Road or hike up to Iceberg Lake on a hot July day. DO wait until school is back in session & the tourist season has slowed down quite a bit. DO drive up the North Fork to Bowman Lake, spend your day kayaking, canoeing, picnicing, or hiking to the nearby fire lookout (Numa Ridge Fire Lookout). Bowman Lake is as beautiful as Lake McDonald or St. Mary's Lake & there is something about this remote section of the park that everyone should experience for themselves.
When they are open (seasonal hours vary) stop into the Polebridge Mercantile & get a huckleberry bear claw & some souveniers. Just make sure you gas up before heading up there - they do have gas in Polebridge but it's almost double what you can get it for in West Glacier, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, or Kalispell.