Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is considered by many to be among the most beautiful mountain regions of the world. Situated along the Canadian Border with Alberta, Glacier is nestled within the Lewis & Livingston Ranges of Montana’s Rocky Mountains. Jagged peaks rise to dizzying elevations and then drop into lush, glacially carved lakes and valleys. Mountains are usually capped in snow year-round and the valleys host deep forests of Engelmann Spruce, Douglas Fir and Western Larch. The park is a photographer’s playground with two unique mountain rangers, over 130 lakes and a completely intact ecosystem known as the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem” which features the same unspoiled plant and animal species that were there at the time of European contact.

On this trip we’ll travel to Glacier in the summer months to take advantage of abundant flora such as Glacier’s signature Beargrass and wildflowers blooms such as Indian Paintbrush, Glacier Lily and Fireweed. The longer days of summer equal longer magic-hour photography sessions in the mornings and evenings. Glacier is vibrant and brimming with life this time of year as it’s many microclimates usually only have about three months without snow-cover. The wildlife is active this time of year and the skies are dramatic as are the incredible mountain reflections we’ll be able to capture in the parks lakes and rivers.

Explore and photograph Glacier National Park this year with an accomplished landscape & wildlife photographer who has been hiking and photographing Glacier for years.

You’ll photograph iconic park spots such as the Going-to-the-Sun Road and breathtaking Lake MacDonald with its jagged mountain backdrop. Explore and photograph the alpine artistry of Many Glacier as well as catch St. Mary’s Lake at sunrise which may be one of the most photogenic lakes in the world!

Glacier National Park is a visual cornucopia and one of the most surreal and colorful places on the planet. It’s stunning peaks, roaring waterfalls, brilliant night skies and summer storms allow for virtually endless photographic possibilities. You’ll gain a wealth of knowledge about the history of the park as well as the flora and fauna plus leave your trip with an impressive collection of new images.

Join Backcountry Journeys this year for the trip of a lifetime to Glacier National Park, Montana: “The Last Best Place”.


Please note: We offer both a standard and “hiker” version of this trip for photographers who like to get out and hike! Not sure which one suits you best? Give us a call at 928-478-1521 or fill out the contact form below!

Highlights

  • Dramatic Mountain Landscapes
  • Photograph incredible reflections & waterfalls
  • Abundant Wildlife
  • Stunning Hikes
  • Small Groups
  • Cozy lodges
  • Top-notch meals
  • Learn from & shoot alongside a seasoned pro

Glacier National Park

6 Days

Price: $2995 double occupancy

+$550 single occupancy

Deposit: $1000

Fitness Level: Moderate – “Several hikes on mountain trails between 4-7 miles

Meals: Dinner Day 1 through lunch Day 6

Lodging: 6 nights lodging

Start/End: Whitefish, Montana

Fly In/Out: Kalispell Glacier International Airport (FCA)

Open Daily: 6am-6pm MST

928.478.1521


*trip difficulty ratings

2018 Departures

Dates Difficulty Availability
July 16th to 21st, 2018 1 Sold Out
July 22nd to 27th, 2018 2-3 (Hiker) 4 Spots Left

2019 Departures

Dates Difficulty Availability
July 16th to 21st, 2018 2-3 (Hiker) Open

Trip Details

Physical Requirements (for “hiker” trips)
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike 4-7 miles per day with a daypack.

Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

Accommodation
We will be staying in comfortable lodges in and around Glacier National Park.

Meals

All meals are included during the trip dates and we typically eat at park lodges in the evening as well as a hand picked local restaurants. We often do snacks on the trail and then return for a late breakfast during photography trips as we are often out early to capture the morning light.

Weather
Expect warm pleasant days with cold mornings and nights. The weather can prove unpredictable in the Northern Rockies and can change on a moments notice. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Meals, ground transportation, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities

Travel Details
Departure city is Kalispell, Montana

Itinerary

Please note: We offer both a standard and “hiker” version of this trip for photographers who like to get out and hike! Not sure which one suits you best? Give us a call at 928-478-1521 or fill out the contact form below!


Day 1 (travel day)

Arrive at Kalispell International Airport today and transfer to your awaiting hotel in the beautiful & historic Montana Ski Town of Whitefish. We’ll have an orientation dinner and meet the group.

Day 2

We’ll arrive on the shores of Lake McDonald before sunrise to capture the rising light over this unfathomably beautiful lake. After a session of photography, we’ll grab breakfast at Apgar Village and then do a short hike. This evening we’ll have another magic-hour session before retiring to our comfortable lodge.

“Hiker” Itinerary: 5 miles, 700 feet elevation gain

Day 3

This morning we’ll drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road before dawn for a short hike to one of the most dramatic photography locales in Glacier. We’ll spend the morning photographing Hidden Lake and have breakfast out in the field. Opportunities to photograph both Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats are excellent on Logan Pass. After breakfast we have another short hike to a beautiful waterfall before we head down to the East Side to check in to our lodge.

“Hiker” Itinerary: 6 miles, 1000 feet elevation gain

Day 4

This morning we’ll capture the rising over Lake St. Mary’s in the cool mountain air – one of the most spectacular events to witness as well as photograph. We’ll have breakfast at a nearby lodge and then do a short hike to another beautiful waterfall. Afterwards we’ll head over to our lodge at Many Glacier. Our evening session will focus on a dramatic alpine lake in the Many Glacier Region of the park. After a long productive day in the field it’s time to kick back and enjoy a great meal in our lodge!

“Hiker” Itinerary: 4 miles, 200 feet elevation gain

Day 5

This morning we’ll rise early for our photo session along the ruggedly beautiful Swift Current River. This river winds through a massive glacially carved valley and reflects the majestic peaks around it in the right light. Absolutely beautiful. After breakfast at our lodge we’ll do a hike into the mountains and have ample opportunities to photograph several waterfalls, alpine lakes and wildflowers. One of the prettiest regions in Glacier. We’ll stay out until late in the day and focus our evening session on one of the most dramatic vistas and best kept secrets in the park. After photographing this high mountain lake we’ll return to our lodging in the fading light for a fantastic last dinner in Glacier National Park.

“Hiker” Itinerary: 6 miles, minimal elevation gain

Day 6

We’ll finish our trip with one last morning session in the park, followed by a farewell breakfast at a great local restaurant and then shuttle back to Kalispell. Flights out can be booked any time after 12pm.

“I had always wanted to visit Glacier. Backcountry Journeys delivers with an incredible trip – easily the most beautiful place I’ve ever been!”

Brian OWestminster, Colorado

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