[cdt-l] Hiking over 4th of July; GNP trail closures

James McCreight jlmccreight at gmail.com
Mon May 14 10:12:25 CDT 2007

true, they reserve some (say 50%) spots fo "walk-ins" BUT (in the past) they
allow walk-ins for something like 7 days before the actual day you are
Bear in mind that there are only usually about 4-6 camp sites at each
location, so 50% may only be 2 spots.
What typically happens is that some other guy shows up a few days before you
and books them.
If you really want a certain itinerary, the safest bet is if you an show up
upto 7 days or so (the max) before you plan to start your hike and book your
sites. Then do something to kill time and then return when your trip starts.
>From my experience, you wont be able to just walk up and reserve the spots
you want. You may get 1 of 3 or 4, 2 if you're lucky. Chances are you'll
have to come up with a totally new plan based on whats available. EG, going
SOBO on the CDT isnt very likely to be available.
I tried the show up deal the first 2 years i lived up there, after that i
was an avid lottery guy.

BTW - very important - there has traditionally been a wonderful and very
special 4th of July celebration at Polebridge, which is a small village on
the west side of the park, right on the boundary road. There is/was a very
small bakery in this VERY tiny village there, i think they hosted it. As I
remember, the celebration includs a parade. I've never been but have heard
many great stories and have always wanted to go. I would suggest that if you
show up before the 4th, you could plan you trip for after the 4th and then
head over to ploe bridge for a few days. You might even do an in-and-out
from that corner of the park. You could potentially hit the hole-in
-the-wall camp site from there, which is one of the most spectacular in the
park... just an idea.


On 5/13/07, Jeff Braun <jbraun at vizsolutions.com> wrote:
> Check out the Backcountry guide for details on what campsites can be
> reserved and how many are available for reservations. Looks like
> about 1/2 of the campsite cannot be reserved for dates earlier than
> 7/15 and between 0% and 50% are left for walk-ins.
> http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/upload/bcguide07web.pdf
> Jeff
> At 10:12 PM 5/13/2007, you wrote:
> > >
> > > Are we stupid to begin hiking south through Glacier
> > > National Park on July 5?  I am worried that we may
> > > not get campsite reservations, but I'm hoping to get
> > > workable reservations if we show up at a ranger
> > > station when it opens.
> > >
> > > What do you think?
> > >
> > > Dan
> >
> >
> >
> >Most national parks reserve 20 - 40%  of backcountry
> >capacity for walk-in reservations.  You should check
> >with GNP rangers or Web site.  I've hiked a lot in
> >national parks and almost all of them have this type
> >of system.  You may have to wait 1 - 2 days before you
> >can start your hike (i.e. before they can fit you in).
> >  I've never had to wait more than a day.  The key is
> >to be flexible; some days you may have to walk further
> >than you want, while others are too short.
> >
> >Again, I'm not sure about GNP's system, but I would
> >assume it is like most national parks.
> >
> >By the way, we called GNP today.  They told us that
> >all of the trails in the Red Eagle Lake/Triple Divide
> >Pass area that were burned last year (and consequently
> >closed) are now back open.
> >
> >Nocona
> >
> >
> >
> >
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