On HE Travel’s multi-sport gay Montana adventure, experience this wilderness by hiking the alpine trails, horseback riding across the foothills, rafting on wild rivers, and ziplining. All the while enjoy national park lodging, great food, and gay camaraderie.
- Arrival in Montana +Day 1 You fly to Glacier International Airport in Kalispell, Montana and will spend the first night in Whitefish, a resort community near Glacier National Park.
- Logan Pass and Highline Trail +Day 2 In the morning we’ll head east to Glacier National Park. The jagged peaks of the Continental Divide constitute the backbone of Glacier. Today, we’ll enjoy a fantastic drive over the exquisite Going to the Sun Road, stopping about half-way to explore hiking trails at Logan Pass with our professional hiking guide. Starting at 6,680 feet, we will experience stunning views of mountain ranges across Montana and into Canada, waterfalls, scores of lakes, and the endless expanse of the Great Plains.
- Hiking in the “Switzerland of North America” +Day 3 You have a multitude of hiking options today from our base in Many Glacier. Trails take-off in all directions. You can join the group and hike with our local hiking guide, you can hike independently or perhaps catch a hike led by park ranger.
- To East Glacier for Horseback Riding and the Grand Glacier Park Lodge +Day 4 After a leisurely start to our day, we depart Many Glacier as we drive south past St Mary and on to the original main gateway for Glacier National Park, East Glacier. For the first fifty years of the park, this was the first stop for travelers arriving from the east on their grand railway vacation, stepping off the train and walking up the flowered path to the stately Glacier Park Lodge, where we’ll stay for two nights. The highlights of Glacier Park Lodge are its manicured grounds, mountain views, and a grand, three-story lobby supported by more than 20 huge Douglas Fir pillars over 40feet high and about 40 inches in diameter Each evening around 9 PM, you can enjoy live music or talks in the hotel lobby.
- Two Medicine Valley +Day 5 Yet more Rocky Mountain beauty and fantastic hiking lures us to nearby Two Medicine Valley. Most hikes are accessed via a scenic boat tour, which we’ll do together. We’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise while listening to the Blackfoot Indian folklore surrounding Two Medicine Valley. Upon docking on the west shore, guests will have the option to either remain on the boat to return to the visitor’s center or step off the boat to access fantastic hiking trails.
- Rafting on the Flathead +Day 6 Today, we embark on a rafting excursion on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. With class II & III rapids, depending on water flow, this float offers some mellow water as well as some more exciting rapids. If you have an interest, we may be able to run the rapids in two-person inflatable kayaks, which makes for more splashy fun. Afterward we’ll head back to Whitefish for our last two nights.
- Zipline at Big Mountain Resort +Day 7 We have a full day back in Whitefish for some well-deserved R & R. Take advantage of the lodge’s hot tub and spa, treat yourself to a massage, or do nothing at all. For those interested in more adventure, this morning features an exciting zip line tour through the trees high on the mountain at Big Mountain Resort overlooking Whitefish Lake. While flying, you’ll be suspended on long cables which are between 20 and 300 feet above the ground. The length ranges from 100 to 1900 feet long, the longest of any zipline in Montana! The afternoon is free to explore the town. Tonight we relive our week of adventure and say our goodbyes to new friends during our fantastic farewell dinner.
- Departure +Day 8 Schedule your flights out of Glacier International Airport anytime. Happy Trails!
- Important Notes
Includes shared room
For solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom
To hike with this group, you should be reasonably fit. Please be comfortable walking for four to six hours (with breaks!), over a mix of paved paths and unpaved forest or mountainside trails, most with some elevation gain and a few with exposure to heights. On most days, you will have the option of venturing off for independent hikes at your own pace and distance or you can remain with the group for the main hike. You’ll generally have no trouble finding a few others in the group whose abilities match your own. As listed in the itinerary, on all days but the rafting day, you have the option to pursue more leisurely activities from reading and relaxing in the lobbies of the grand hotels, to lovely boat cruises, or somedays you could join the famed Jammer Tours (let’s talk first) or the park’s shuttle system to visit sites not on our itinerary. On rafting day, you can chose to relax in a comfortable place instead of rafting with us.
Airport Shuttle for most airline and train arrivals, Accommodations for 7 nights; All breakfast, 6 lunches, 5 dinners; Two days with professional hiking guides, including hiking one day each along the Continental Divide, if conditions allow, and hiking in the Many Glaciers area; Horseback riding; Historic wooden boat cruise on Two Medicine Lake and the opportunity to hike unguided in that area; Rafting on the Flathead River; Zipline adventure; Entrance fees for included activities; All ground transportation for included itinerary; Services of knowledgeable guides and HE Travel Tour Director. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
What’s NOT Included
Airfare to and from starting and ending points; One lunch and two dinners; Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel host.
Raft the Middle Fork of the Flathead River
Search for wildife such as ptarmigan, mountain goats, moose, and marmots
Hike the highline of the Continental Divide
Soak in the star-filled skies of Montana
Saddle up for a horseback ride along the ridges and valleys of Glacier National Park
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