The Many Glacier region is considered by some to be the heart of Glacier National Park, and is a favorite destination for visitors and locals alike.
A veritable hiker’s paradise, many of the park’s most striking peaks encircle the magical Many Glacier and St. Mary valleys, making them both destination playgrounds for novice climbers, seasoned mountaineers, casual hikers, and wildlife watchers. This region’s vast network of trails leads to glimmering lakes and waterfalls accessible to hikers and climbers of all abilities, and wildlife abound.
Several gorgeous valleys radiate from Swiftcurrent Lake, the centerpiece of the valley, around which visitors will find all manner of opportunities for eating, sleeping and entertainment.
The historic Many Glacier Hotel sits on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake, and from its decks guests will be treated to views of the prominent Grinnell Point, which rises directly from the lakeshores opposite of the hotel’s grand deck.
Late spring and early summer brings bighorn sheep, and both grizzly and black bears can be spotted feasting on huckleberries on the slopes above the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.
Prior to his death in 2004, J. Gordon Edwards, the “patron saint of climbing” in Glacier Park who pioneered numerous routes to the spectacular summits, could frequently be found in the area telling stories or offering route beta to other climbing enthusiasts, and his book, “A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park,” remains a valuable tome to navigate these rugged mountains.