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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Walking & Hiking Tour

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  • Two national parks, two countries, one phenomenal trip
  • Fantastic hiking in a spellbinding tableau of glacier-carved valleys, broad lakes and majestic peaks
  • The stunning Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Spot bighorn sheep, mule deer and maybe even a grizzly
  • Panoramic views from the Many Glacier Hotel

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Turquoise Lakes & Glacial Peaks in Montana & Alberta

It's amazing to consider. Intense glacial pressure carved out the beauty in these two national parks - but "pressure" is the last thing you'll feel. Catch sight of a bighorn sheep perched on the edge of a bluff. Get in a morning walk through a forest full of red cedar and fir. Journey on Going-to-the-Sun Road and soak up some of the finest views in North America. That road is 50 miles of superlative scenery. There are 62 species of mammals here, from diminutive pygmy shrews to majestic mountain goats, grizzly bears and elk, more than 260 species of birds, 780 miles of trails and 10,000 years of natural history. You've got six days and one incredible story to tell.  

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.


Our accommodations are rustic national park lodges that reflect the natural surroundings of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions, hair dryers or air-conditioning. While these historic hotels offer simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, they are the only game in town - and have been selected because of their access to the best hiking in the region.

Generally speaking, service can seem slow and brusque in the national parks when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.

Day 1 Fantastic hiking in a spellbinding tableau of glacier-carved valleys, broad lakes and majestic peaks Follow the Trail of the Cedars through a dense forest to turquoise Avalanche Lake Part of the Polar Bear Club? Go for a swim if you dare!

Day 2 Stunning Going-to-the-Sun Road, "the most beautiful 50 miles in the world" Marvelous geologic features, including Haystack Butte, embellish the landscape as you hike on the Highline Trail Take in gorgeous panoramic views from Logan Pass, the Continental Divide and the grand Many Glacier Hotel.

Days 3-4 Two national parks, two countries  In Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park, follow the Carthew-Alderson Trail, considered one of the best hikes in Alberta The trail leads through numerous botanical life zones and past the austere Forum Peak to the west and Mount Custer to the south  Take a break, enjoy the tranquility at Summit Lake and perhaps witness some wildlife Feel like being active or are you ready to relax? It's up to you! Options include a boat excursion to the northern gateway of Glacier National Park, walking to Kootenay Lake, shopping in Waterton Townsite, or traditional afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel.

Days 5-6 Spot bighorn sheep, mule deer and maybe even a grizzly  Icebergs? In lakes? In the summertime? Hike to a lake cold enough to harbor icebergs well into the warmer months After a scenic boat cruise across Two Medicine Lake, trace the narrow trail to Twin Falls.

Casual Inns

Lake McDonald Lodge
Lake McDonald Lodge

Glacier National Park, Montana (1 night) Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a large stone fireplace in the lobby and a terrace overlooking the lake.

Many Glacier Hotel
Many Glacier Hotel

Glacier National Park, Montana (1 night) An early-1900s Swiss chalet-style hotel set on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake amid the peaks of the Many Glacier Valley.

Prince of Wales Hotel
Prince of Wales Hotel

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta (2 nights) This historic green-gabled hotel offers vistas of the mountains reflected in glacier-fed lakes.

Glacier Park Lodge
Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier National Park, Montana (1 night) Located on the park's eastern edge in Blackfeet country; immense timbers hold aloft its expansive lobby ceiling. (pool, spa, golf)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

This was a dream trip and exceeded all that we hoped for! Glacier was "heaven on earth" and combined with the kindred spirits of our fellow "Backroaders," we became one big family. Thank you for the best trip we have ever taken with your professional staff, organization of EVERY detail, great accommodations & restaurants and knowledge/energetic spirit of our leaders Linden and Jessica! Backroads is truly #1 in our opinion and we look forward to planning our next trip with you....Describing our overall experience would be....the journey of a lifetime with gratitude to Backroads for the best trip of our lives!! Thank you!
Mary Hamilton - Huntersville, NC
The superb leaders along with perfect weather and gorgeous scenery made this Backroads trip one of the best!!! All four Backroads trips I have taken have been excellent....this was my first one hiking and it was great. I'm happy to say that I loved everything from start to finish!
Sherry Henderson - Red Bank, NJ
We think this was one of the best vacations we've ever had. We have never been on a group trip before and were a little apprehensive. This trip put all our fears to rest. We are already thinking about a Backroads trip for next year.
Steven Casad - San Jose, CA

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 6 500
2 7 400 9 1000
3 5* 1000 8* 1200 12 2100
Optional Kayaking on Cameron Lake
4 Optional Hiking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Kayaking or Boat Cruise
5 5 700 9 1200
6 5 100 7 400

The terrain on this trip includes glacial lake-view trails and alpine stone paths.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


2 - 3 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Montana tour experts. See our award-winning USA walking tours and hiking tours, USA biking tours and USA multisport tours.

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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