At the edge of Glacier National Park in the Northern Rocky Mountains is a vibrant town built around a shared appreciation of the wild. From the mountains rich with forests, lakes, and rivers to the welcoming downtown, this is a place worth exploring and protecting for all those who love it.DISCOVER WHITEFISH
Glacier National Park is the second-most visited part of Montana (after Yellowstone) and is what comes to mind for most people when they hear “Glacier Country”.
And, yes, Glacier National Park is amazing and well worth the day we spend in the park on this tour. We take a hike to Avalanche Lake surrounded by pristine 9,000-foot + mountains. You have time to explore and eat lunch at Lake MacDonald Lodge, a historic national park lodge built when railroads were the primary means of reaching the park. We take a ride up Going-to-the-Sun Road in the historic Red Buses, learning about this incredible park from the expert chauffeur/guides.
However, Glacier Country is so much more and we explore all the area has to offer on this five-day multisport tour. We river raft on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, wild enough to provide thrills but safe enough to reassure everyone. We enjoy a two-hour horseback ride through scenic forested country with views of the mountains. We kayak (or stand up paddleboard) on nearby Whitefish Lake. We rent road bikes and do a 1/2 day ride on area roads.
With our base in Whitefish, one of the loveliest small towns in the country, we have an excellent home to experience the high-quality restaurants, breweries, and shops of this area of Montana. You’ll have time to wander town on your own, visiting art galleries or shopping for souvenirs.
Montana is an amazing state, the Glacier region is one of the most scenic parts, and Whitefish is about as cute as you will ever see for a small western town. What more could you want?
- Dates: September 11 - 15, 2022
- Cost Per Person: $3,150
- Optional Single Supplement: $800
- Activities: Hiking, Horseback Riding, River Rafting, Bicycling, and Wildlife Viewing
- Difficulty: All Abilities
- Guides: TBD
- Hike to Avalanche lake in Glacier National Park, surrounded by 9,000 foot + mountains
- Raft the scenic, exciting, and safe Middle Fork of the Flathead River
- Spend free time in Whitefish, one of the top small towns in all of the western US
- Horseback ride, hike, bicycle, and kayak to explore the region's great outdoors
We meet you in the early afternoon in Whitefish, Montana. After introductions, we will head to Whitefish Mountain for our first hike. You have your choice of riding the gondola to the top of the mountain for a hike down; hiking up and taking a ride down, or hiking both directions. Regardless of which you choose, from the top you will have outstanding views of the vast forested expanses in this area of Montana. After our hike, we'll check into our hotel and then head to dinner at Whitefish Brewing for some fresh food and local Montana beers.
Today we explore Glacier National Park, consistently rated America's best national park for hiking. We rise early to make the hour drive to the park and make our first stop at the Avalanche Lake trailhead. This is a hike that will take your breath away; it is truly astonishing for those not accustomed to hiking in the mountains. This is a half-day hike of approximately 6.5 miles, starting along the stunning Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Creek gorge. From there the trail winds upwards through the forest to the lake, rimmed with steep cliffs on three sides with numerous cascading waterfalls. If you want to take a dip (which we highly recommend) you can continue around to the other end of the lake. (Please note this will be a "trailhead service" hike as there are no available permits for guided hikes in the park.) After our hike, we'll stop by Lake McDonald Lodge, a classic, huge log structure built in 1913 where you can eat lunch on your own at Russell’s Fireside Dining or Jammer Joe's Pizzeria & Grill.
In the afternoon, we will hop on one of the park's fleet of 1930s red buses and take a three- to four-hour tour up Going-to-the-Sun Road, the famous road that heads up and over the mountainous spine of the park. Our chauffeur/tour guide will give us all sorts of fascinating information about the park. Dinner is just outside the park in the Belton Chalet, a historic lodge where each evening the staff lines up to greet the arriving train, just as they did in 1910 when it was the primary means of visiting the park.
This morning after breakfast our first stop is the bike shop where we will pick up bicycles for a morning ride. Our destination is Whitefish Lake, a 22-mile out-and-back ride on a paved, narrow forest service road. You can gaze at the lake views, waterfront homes, and streams feeding into the lake. If you wish, challenge yourself with a ride up to the base of nearby Whitefish Mountain ski area. Back in Whitefish, you will have time for lunch on your own as well as to explore the town's shops and art galleries. In the afternoon we will shuttle back to Whitefish Lake to see it from a different perspective - on the water - as we rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards for a fun and leisurely paddle on the water. This evening our dinner is at Craggy Range, a modern "gastropub" with a nice patio and multiple fancy drink options.
Today we try two new activities. In the morning we visit a local horse outfitter for a ride in the scenic countryside surrounding Whitefish and Glacier. Your wrangler will set you up with a good horse that matches your experience level and then give you the basics on riding. Our ride is for all ability levels and is the classic way of seeing Montana scenery. In the afternoon we will shuttle to West Glacier for river rafting on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River just outside the park. With Class III rapids it is easy enough for novices but with enough whitewater to be fun for everyone. We'll return to Whitefish, have a little downtime, and then enjoy a final dinner at Logan's Grill in our hotel, featuring Montana steaks and fish dishes.
This morning we will take a final walk on the Whitefish Trail, an awesome community asset consisting of 10 trailheads and 36 plus miles of natural surface trail comprised of gated logging roads, scenic overlooks, single-track trails, and stacked loops. After our walk, we'll return to the hotel to shower, check out, and say our goodbyes.Book this Tour
NIGHTS 1 - 4 >> GROUSE MOUNTAIN LODGE / WHITEFISH
The Grouse Mountain Lodge is one of the higher-end properties in Whitefish. Located just outside the downtown area on the well-known 36-hole local golf course, the lodge has upscale rooms with king or double queen beds. Please note for all Glacier Country Multisport tours, the exact lodging will depend on availability and rates for your tour dates.Book this Tour
Arrival & Departure
We’ll meet you at our hotel in Whitefish, Montana in the early afternoon on Day One and finish in the late morning at our hotel on Day Five. The nearest airport is Glacier International Airport in Kalispell, a short 25-minute drive away and easily accessible by shuttle or hired car.
- One or two local Zephyr guides, depending on group size
- Double occupancy lodging. If you sign up for the public tour on your own, we will find you a roommate of the same gender or you can choose to pay a single supplement to secure your own room.
- All of your dinners and breakfasts are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included.
- All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.
- All group activities, permits and entry fees are included.
- NOT INCLUDED Beverages in restaurants, lunches, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses, and travel to and from the destination.
Changes to Your Itinerary
While everything under “What is Included” will remain the same, the actual details are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a museum changes its visiting hours, a hotel is being remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.
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