Climate Hike Glacier | Glacier National Park, Montana
Climate Hike Glacier is a charitable hiking challenge that explores the wildest national park in the United States, and the ecosystem most threatened by environmental degradation and climate change. By fundraising and participating in Climate Hike, you are raising awareness of our generation's greatest challenge - and seeing first-hand just what is at stake.
From the first moment when we enter Glacier National Park, you will see that Climate Hike is more than a hiking trip — it's an inspiring journey with a small group of like-minded people who are united by their passion for the environment, sustainable transportation, renewable energy, and preserving our planet for generations to come.
On Climate Hike Glacier, you'll spend four days hiking the iconic trails on the 'Crown of the Continent'. You'll see majestic 500-year old cedar forests under threat of wildfires and glaciers in fast retreat. Over four days of hiking, you'll cover 40+ miles across the park — traversing aretes and high alpine mountain passes and glacier lakes and waterfalls. Professional Glacier Guides will accompany us on each day to teach us about Glacier's unique ecosystem, so you can bring this knowledge home to your community.
Climate Ride (the organization) takes care of all the details, so you can focus on fundraising, training, and then trekking 6-15 miles per day along carefully planned routes. Each day the group be will divided into smaller hiking groups led by a knowledgeable and friendly Glacier Guide. Our group hiking pace is at a minimum of 2-3 miles per hour and we have medium and long route options, designed for hikers who are in good health and regularly hike. You should be comfortable hiking a minimum of 8 miles a day and be able to ascend 1,500 feet in a normal day.
It's meant to be challenging yet doable, and you have all day to hike and learn. Our support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your trek worry-free and memorable. The final day of the trip includes a beautiful 1/2 day raft trip along the Class II-III section (moderate) of the Flathead River.
All breakfasts, dinners, packed lunches, snacks, camping, guiding, and shuttles are included. Participants must bring their own tent, sleeping bag, and pad or can rent this equipment in advance through Glacier Guides. Hikers will carry a daypack with snacks, water, and personal items. Our camp staff handles luggage and food.
Climate Hikers will have access to our superb personal fundraising software and the full support of our team. Participants may select their beneficiaries from our list of more than 100 extraordinary non-profit organizations. Climate Hike Glacier National Park departures are limited to 30 participants.
Sample Itinerary of Experience
Trip Dates: July 25 - 29, 2019
Start Location: West Glacier, MT
End Location: West Glacier, MT
Day 1 – Hike 7.5 miles
Hikers will depart West Glacier, MT and enter Glacier National Park. After traveling along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, we begin with a warm-up hike to St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls to get our bodies moving and to start to meet the rest of our group.
This evening, we'll meet at our camp in St. Mary to socialize, dine and tuck in for the night under the big sky.
Day 2 – 15 miles
Today begins with an early shuttle up the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass at nearly 7000 feet. Our skilled Glacier Guides will lead us on an all-day hike from the west side of the Continental Divide to the east side at Many Glacier Valley. We're entering the country of mountain goats, big horn sheep, wolverines, grizzly and black bears. Our epic day will include forests, lakes, aretes, stunning vistas and finally, an exhilarating descent into Many Glacier.
This evening, we'll soak our feet in mountain streams before shuttling to our camp in St. Mary. (Hot showers available.)
Day 3 – 12 miles
After a shuttle back to the Many Glacier Valley, we'll begin our exploration of Grinnell Glacier, an iconic receding glacier hanging in the valley. This out and back hike will challenge and delight, and our Glacier Guides will show us firsthand the effects of climate change in the park.
Tonight we return to our camp in St. Mary. (Hot showers available.)
Day 4 – 5 or 12 miles
Today brings a new challenge in the Two Medicine Valley, a spectacular and less visited part of Glacier National Park. Two Medicine Valley is particularly special to the Blackfeet Nation, whose reservation borders the eastern side of Glacier National Park. We'll learn about Blackfeet history as we begin our last hike in this valley. You will have the option of hikes today. The longer option is a gentle hike to a beautiful alpine lake or waterfall, while the shorter option is a steep climb up to an incredible vantage point with panoramic views.
Tonight we shuttle to our camp in the Browning area.
Our final morning is time to rest our feet and return to West Glacier by raft. With the Glacier Guides, we'll travel by raft along the Middle Fork of the Flathead, viewing an ecosystem shaped by fire and rocks etched with the story of geologic time.
After lunch we'll say goodbye and provide transport back to Kalispell or Whitefish.
Seasons Open and Departure
Trip Dates: July 25 - 29, 2019
Fundraising Commitment: $3,000 minimum
Trip Length: 5 days
Activity: 4 days hiking + 1/2 day whitewater rafting
Total Mileage: 35 to 50, with multiple daily mileage options
Average Daily Mileage: 11
Accommodations: Camping (hotel options available)
Maximum Group Size: 25 people
$3,000 to be raised by: July 18, 2019
Transfer Deadline July 3, 2019