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Old 08-25-2017, 05:58 PM   #1
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3 days in Glacier National Park

I know its not enough time, but I've got 3 days to spend in Glacier NP before we head down to Polson. We're going to drive the Going To The Sun road, but I'd love some suggestions on what not to miss. Looks like we're staying at the KOA on the West side of the park.

Dog friendly hikes (1-3 miles)? Doesn't have to be in the actual park. Would love to find a stream for my pup to play around in.

Best place to grab some good local grub?

I'll take any recommendations on Polson as well. We'll be there for a few days too.

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Hike to iceberg lake in the park. About a 5 mile hike in. But you have to check if dogs allowed. You have to be careful in hiking with dogs due to bears.
There were good restaurants in St Marys. One was popular for pies but don't recall the name. There are several small hikes off of going to the sun road.
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That hike is rough. 5mi each way and 1200 vertical feet. We were fools and took a 4 year old with us. He got awfully heavy.
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Dogs aren't allowed on any trails in Glacier National Park. You will be in & out of the car all day when you drive GTTS. The dog can potty (please pick up) and stretch legs at turnouts.

Hungry Horse reservior outside the park is dog friendly on all hikes.

Also there is a new park in Columbia Falls next to their community garden that allows you to walk to, and alongside,the gorgeous Flathead river.
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X2 on the Iceberg lake hike. As far as I know all US National Parks do not allow dogs on the trails. The hike to Hidden Lake is great scenery. I think it's only 1.5 miles to the overlook, maybe another .5 mile to the lake itself.
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Oh and there is a VERY nice set of trails in Whitefish, dog-friendly, where you see four pretty lakes within four miles.
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Thanks for the suggestions!
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As far as I know all US National Parks do not allow dogs on the trails.
They are allowed in Wrangell St. Elias and Shenandoah NP - there may be a couple others.
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We were in Glacier NP this pass July and no dogs on any trails. We did take a drive to Hungry Horse reservoir, on the west side there is a small lake just a few miles up the main road on the left. Great place to let your dogs swim. We stop and had a picnic and went swimming with the dogs. We used the second picnic spot just a few 100 ft pass the first one. There were a pair of loons living on the lake and just listening to them brought back great memories when i was kid and my parents would take us to the Adirondack mountains in New York.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. We ended up finding the most amazing dog park in Whitefish - Hugh Rogers Dog Park. Huge gated park with separate areas for large and small breeds, a washing station, and a separate man made swimming pond with 3-4 separate gravel slopes entrances. Our golden was in heaven!

The one paved trail in Glacier where dogs are allowed - shared with bikes - starting at the west entrance was closed due to Grizzly activity. We ended up letting him stretch his legs at the Lodge.
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Here's a word for your consideration:

hyperphagia

I'll save you the google. From "The Wildlife News" dated September 20, 2017: (Its hyperphagia time for bears | The Wildlife News)
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Its hyperphagia time for bears

Bears now seeking extra calories to fatten up for hibernation-

It is rare for a bear to pass up an obvious meal at any time, but now they are driven to find food. This makes them more dangerous if they have secured a carcass or found a berry patch. They have more incentive to defend it with vigor. They are also more likely to take risks for food. This includes food that is enclosed or on or around people or their habitations.
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I had a conversation this past summer with a retired Glacier Park ranger (40 years, mostly in the back country in Glacier, a recognized expert on bear behavior). He said, unequivocally, "dogs and bears don't mix". He admitted no understanding why dogs and bears don't get along, just an observation that any encounter between a human and a bear will be much more unpredictable when a dog is involved.

Anywhere you go around Glacier National Park is bear country.

Bear spray is a necessity and much preferred to trying to shoot a charging bear with a handgun. Be aware of wind direction as you deploy the bear spray.

Be careful.

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