Camping in Glacier National Park ~ a slow hiker's guide™

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When camping the most current trail conditions
and weather reports are posted on all the campground information boards.

September 2, 2013
The following campgrounds closed: Avalanche, Fish Creek and Rising Sun.

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August 6, 2013
For those of you planing on camping this week you better get an early start as there are 83 less camp sites available until GNP catches the problem black bear at Rising Sun Campground.
Rising Sun Campground closed due to a scavenging black bear that has been frequenting the campsite for the last few weeks.

Glacier National Park has about 1,000 campsites.
Eight of these are on paved roads.
Two other popular campgrounds
in the North Fork area are on dirt roads.

Other campgrounds not covered here yet

There are three other campgrounds on smaller dirts roads that I haven't covered at this time. Cutbank Campground is the one I'm most likely to camp at sometime this summer. Wishful thinking on my part.

Dates of operation, facilities available along with a campsite map for each campground.

Apgar and St Mary are the only two campgrounds open year round in Glacier National Park.
St. Mary and Fish Creek are the only campgrounds to offer summer reservations.
Campgrounds tend to fill up in July and August. This holds true particularly for Many Glacier Campground.
The earlier you get to a campground to find a site the better your chance. For most 10 AM is early enough for Many Glacier sometimes 7 AM is too late.

August 3, 2013
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL SET AT KALISPELL MT...(airport)
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.85 INCH(ES) WAS SET AT KALISPELL MT YESTERDAY.
THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 0.77 SET IN 1907.

All of the front country (you can drive to your campsite) campsites have a fire ring and a picnic table. Only the campgrounds on paved roads have flush toilets only a few have showers.
Avalanche and Apgar have no campsites with views. Avalanche has the Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Gorge nearby. Apgar is just across the street from Lake McDonald. During the winter Apgar Campground is located in the picnic area near the GTSR and some of those sites have lake views and winter conditions. Winter camping is free in GNP. From what I've seen very few camp at Apgar or St Mary during the winter but instead camp in the backcountry.
The individual pages for each campground list what is available.

Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain-passes.
They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy,
set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.
John Muir


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