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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Walking & Hiking Tour
Glacier & Waterton Lakes Walking & Hiking Tour

Pressure is the last thing you'll feel here. Where intense glacial pressure carved out this region's beauty. Catch sight of a bighorn sheep perched on a bluff's edge. Get in a morning walk through a forest of red cedar and fir. Enjoy 50 miles of superlative scenery on Going-to-the-Sun Road. 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.


Our accommodations are rustic national park lodges that reflect the natural surroundings of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. While these historic hotels offer simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, they provide unparalleled access to the best hiking in the region. Please note that guest rooms are not equipped with televisions, hair dryers or air-conditioning.

Generally speaking, service in the national parks can seem laid-back 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.

Trip Highlights
  • 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 - some of the finest views in North America!
  • Spot bighorn sheep, mule deer and maybe even a grizzly
  • Panoramic vistas from the Many Glacier Hotel
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Casual Inns

Lake McDonald Lodge (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 (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 (2 nights): This historic green-gabled hotel offers vistas of the mountains reflected in glacier-fed lakes.

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

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

* Includes a shuttle

2015 Dates & Pricing*

  • 6/21-26 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/5-10 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/12-17 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/21-26 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/28-8/2 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/2-7 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/23-28 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/30-9/4 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/1-6 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

Guest Trip Reviews

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 and restaurants and knowledge/energetic spirit of our leaders! 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

This was an outstanding vacation! There was obviously much hard work and planning on the part of our leaders ahead of the trip. They both went out of their way to provide an optimal experience including last minute "surprises."
Susan Iannaccone- Dallas, TX

The organization, knowledgeable leaders, and seamless transfers from one area to the next made this trip amazing. Mother Nature was a tremendous help with fantastic weather and spectacular geography! A well-planned trip!
Lorrie Larew- Hillsborough, NJ

This was a fantastic trip and I have been recommending it to my friends and family. Can't wait for the next one.
Gilda Josephson- Gainesville, FL

The beauty of Glacier National Park both in Montana and Canada was incredible! The lodges were full of history and set in beautiful surroundings...they were beautiful as well. The food was wonderful at each one. The whole trip was truly awesome! I will never forget the hikes that I didn't think I could do. But I did it! I am going to continue exercising and walking to stay in shape so I'll be able to do even more next trip!
Candyce Milner- Rockwall, TX