Oh summer, it always takes you a while to get here but once you are here, you do not disappoint!
It is almost the 4th of July. June went by so quickly!
We had had high snowpack this year, so the river level is staying pretty steady at around 7 feet. At this level, some of the traditional rapids are not showing, but instead we get really fun, big waves trains that will be gone once the river level drops a little. Our guides and guests alike are very much enjoying the whitewater trips right now. In a few weeks when the river drops a little, we will start to see all of our nine named rapids appear. As of June 23rd the right side of ‘bone crusher’ rapid is offering good waves and the guide’s favorite right now is the ‘notch’, the large wave in ‘pumphouse’ rapid. There is no shortage of excitement!
Whitewater Rafting in June is for the Adventurous
For those not wanting a splashy ride, we suggest you go on one of our relaxing half day scenic trips with no rapids. You get a beautiful view of both Glacier National Park and the Great Bear Wilderness, the mountain peaks are just gorgeous full of snow.
Our guided fly fishing trips are not going out on the Middle Fork of the Flathead yet, but we can fish the Swan river and a few local lakes. Don’t worry, fly fishing season is just a couple of weeks away!
Early July Glacier National Park hikes – West side
There is still a lot of snow in the high country, but you can still get amazing views without going too high up! How about going on a hike with our friend and business partner Greg Fortin of Glacier Adventure Guides? From Columbia Mountain for example you will get wonderful views of Great Northern mountain, the Flathead Valley, Glacier National Park, the North Fork of the Flathead river area, the Whitefish range and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Basically, beautiful views on a beginner/intermediate hike which is very worth it.
The St Mary area on the eastern side of Glacier National Park
It is a bit of a drive to get to St Mary from West Glacier, but get out of the car and stretch your legs and take a hike to St Mary Falls. From the trail head (on Going-to-the-Sun road about 10 miles from the St Mary entrance to Glacier National Park) you will arrive at St Mary Falls pretty quickly (less than a mile), then you can continue on the same trail to see Virginia Falls. This is especially fun to go to early season (early to mid July) as the waterfalls will be quite full from all the snow melt from the mountains.
If you have any questions about Glacier National Park hikes, please stop by our Great Northern Resort office and ask the reservationists to go through a map with you, we all enjoy hiking and there are great options inside and outside of the park for all abilities.
Please contact us if you have any questions about river education, rafting trips, fly fishing, cabin rentals or just need general information about the area. Our phone number is 800-735-7897 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy the sunshine!