Here’s a great outing for beginning showshoers. In Glacier National Park’s Apgar Village area, located at the foot of Lake McDonald on the park’s west side, ranger-led snowshoe walks are offered on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the winter, beginning January 12 and ending March 17, 2013.
The two-hour-long walk begins at the Apgar Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is a wonderful way to take an intimate look at the woodsy west side of Glacier National Park in the quiet winter. Search for signs of wildlife, discover the plants and animals of Glacier, and enjoy the solitude of the snowy season during this unique experience. Also, if you hit the weather right, watch for spectacular views of Glacier’s brilliant white peaks.
Bring your own snowshoes, or rent them at the Apgar Visitor Center or in the Flathead Valley adjacent to the park. Also, wintertime Glacier Park auto camping is available at the Apgar Picnic Area. There is no charge for camping in the winter.
The Apgar area is easy to get to: from Columbia Falls, head east on highway 2 until you reach West Glacier. Turn into the park and follow the road to Apgar.
Visitor information is available in person at Glacier Park Headquarters Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except holidays) and Apgar Visitor Center (open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Or, call (406) 888-7800.
HOW TO GET THERE FROM MISSOULA
- Mileage: 141 miles
- Estimated Trip Time: 2 Hours, 56 minutes
- How to Get There From Missoula: