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Saturday’s scene: Hiking in Glacier National Park

2012/09/08by Donna Hull

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Hidden Lake Overlook, Glacier National Park

Alan took this Glacier National Park photo of Hidden Lake Overlook way back in 2001. It was one of our first really big boomer adventures together as a couple. This week, Alan and I are returning to Glacier National Park on a hiking program with Road Scholar.

Our itinerary:

  • Sunday:   Meet fellow hikers in Whitefish for dinner and an educational program
  • Monday:  Hike the Danny On Trail in Whitefish (8 miles RT)
  • Tuesday:  Drive Going to the Sun Road, stopping for short hikes (3 miles or so) on the way to Many Glacier Hotel
  • Wednesday:  Hiking at Many Glacier, hiking choices range from 3 to 12 miles
  • Thursday:  Hiking at Many Glacier, hiking choices range from 3 to 12 miles
  • Friday:  Drive Going to the Sun Road back to Whitefish, stopping for short hikes (3 miles or so) on the way to Whitefish
  • Saturday:  Say goodbyes to our newfound hiking friends

A trip like this takes preparation. The hiking program with Road Scholar is rated as moderately challenging, especially considering some of the elevations that we’ll experience on the trails at Glacier National Park. For the last couple of months, Alan and I have been taking local hikes and walking up and down the hills on our Montana road. That is, until the Bitterroot Valley filled up with smoke from wilderness forest fires, which caused us to move indoors to life weights and exercise on the elliptical machine.

We’ve made numerous shopping trips to REI in Missoula for the latest in rain gear and hiking clothes. It’s been years since we’ve purchased new gear. Technology has really improved the weight and wearability for hiking shoes and clothes. And, I can’t say enough about REI’s customer service. Thanks Caryn! (This is not a sponsored mention. We paid for our gear. REI doesn’t even know we exist.)

And, we’ve been hanging out on the forum at Road Scholar meeting trip participants, reading reviews of past participants as well as viewing their photos and videos. I’m impressed with the number of Road Scholar programs that members have experienced. It’s obvious to me that you don’t just stop at one Road Scholar trip.

A word about how we will we be reporting on our six-day Glacier National Park hiking program with Road Scholar.

Starting tomorrow, and as long as internet is reliable, we’ll be publishing a photo highlighting our favorite experience of the day. Be sure to check back daily to see what we discovered while on our hiking program with Road Scholar. Upon our return, I’ll be reporting more in depth. Of course, we’ll be posting more photos and comments on the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook and on the Hiking Glacier National Park with Road Scholar Pinterest board.

What would you like to know about hiking with Road Scholar in Glacier National Park? Post your question in the comments. Alan and I will be happy to research the answer for you.

Disclosure: Road Scholar has provided this travel experience, but the opinions are our own.



A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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