Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park, Montana

The Many Glacier Hotel has to be my favorite place to stay while visiting Glacier National Park.
It is situated in one of the most remote areas of the park, overlooking Swiftcurrent Lake and the Swiftcurrent Valley.
Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

The hotel was built in the early 1900s in the style of a Swiss Chalet and it still maintains that style today.
Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

From the architecture to the lederhosen that the bell hops still wear, it definitely feels very “Swiss.”
There’s no cell service, television, and very spotty wi-fi throughout the hotel which also contributes to that feeling of having “traveled back in time.”

It certainly gives you the opportunity to unplug and unwind.
It was heaven.
Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

This year we had a room with one double bed and one twin bed and a shared deck overlooking the mountains. Ideally, I would have loved to have a lake view, but honestly we spent so very little time in our room that the mountain view was just fine.
Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

Stargazing from our deck the first night we checked in…
Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

Deck view in the daylight.
Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

These are the views that the Many Glacier Hotel is known for.
Sweeping verandas that overlook Swiftcurrent Lake, with a steady cold wind that drives many inside and around the fireplace in the center of the lodge.
Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

My boys were still in shorts. Go figure.
Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

Where I Roam, Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

Great Hikes accessible from the Many Glacier Hotel area:

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[Places I’ve Roamed] Last Day in Many Glacier

I loved our stay at the Many Glacier Hotel. This old hotel was completed in 1915 and was built in the style of a Swiss Chalet. Reservations were hard to come by, but I was persistent and it paid off. We got to stay two nights–and those two nights may have been the highlight of my whole trip.

My Gypsy Soul, Many Glacier Hotel

This is a view of the hotel as looking down from the vantage point of the parking lot.

My Gypsy Soul, Many Glacier Hotel

Our hotel room. The accommodations weren’t spectacular in comparison to modern hotels. For instance, in a 100 year old hotel, the shower leaves much to be desired in the areas of water pressure and temperature regulation. And since the hotel is run by the national park service (read here: federal government) it was a little light on creature comforts, like new bedspreads. But I loved the feel of this old hotel. No television. No cell phone reception. Even the wi-fi was spotty at best. The fact that not much had changed at the Many Glacier Hotel in the 100 years since it had been built only added to its charm. 

My Gypsy Soul, Many Glacier Hotel

On our last day there, it was finally cool enough to light a fire in the enormous fireplace in the lobby. 
After a long hike in the rain, we were happy to warm up in front of it. Yes…in July!

My Gypsy Soul, Many Glacier Hotel

A nice guest offered to take a photo of us so we could have a family shot. 
I’m so pleased my son decided to look like a rapper for the occasion.

My Gypsy Soul, Many Glacier Hotel

Another treat: we saw two more grizzlies on our way out of town 
(from a nice comfortable distance which only looks close due to the telephoto lens.)

My Gypsy Soul, Many Glacier Hotel

My Gypsy Soul, Many Glacier Hotel

My Gypsy Soul, Many Glacier Hotel

This is Goose Island. We stopped for pictures on our way back along the Sun Road. We didn’t realize it at the time, but bad weather was rolling in. We were up near Logan’s Pass (the highest point on the mountain) when the clouds rolled in and we could no longer see out of our windshield. The next day we heard that there had been a major rock and mud slide on the Sun Road. Several motorists had to spend the night on the mountain. Luckily, no one was hurt. 
I’ll share those photos next time.

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[Places I’ve Roamed] Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

The trail head to Grinnell Lake and Grinnell Glacier is just south of the Many Glacier Hotel. However, there is a second option to get to the lake and the glacier. You can grab a boat, ride across Swiftcurrent Lake (the lake directly behind the Many Glacier Hotel), hop off of that boat, walk a short distance, hop onto another boat and chug across Lake Josephine. From the Lake Josephine boat dock, you can hike the rest of the way to Grinnell Lake, or take the higher elevation trail and hike to Grinnell Glacier.

Since, just the day before, we hiked 10 miles round trip to see Iceberg Lake, we opted for the boat ride. It was raining, with more bad weather on the way, so the boat ride was a good choice for us.

My Gypsy Soul, Grinnell Lake Hike

The view of the Many Glacier Hotel from Swiftcurrent Lake

My Gypsy Soul, Grinnell Lake Hike

Self portrait while on the boat.

My Gypsy Soul, Grinnell Lake Hike

A view of our boat once we disembarked at Lake Josephine.

My Gypsy Soul, Grinnell Lake Hike

Grinnell Lake

My Gypsy Soul, Grinnell Lake Hike

The Lake Josephine boat dock–what I like about this shot is that the color of the water came through in the photograph. The rock sediment that leaches into the water as the glaciers move down the mountains causes a white powder to be present in the lakes and rivers. The guide called it “glacial flour” and the presence of this sediment is what gives the water in Glacier National Park its signature turquoise appearance. So beautiful!

My Gypsy Soul, Grinnell Lake Hike

We hiked to Grinnell Lake and had no real plans to hike to Grinnell Glacier. It was a much longer hike to get to the glacier. We’d already hiked 10 miles the day before. It was raining. We were wearing athletic shoes instead of hiking boots. However, the great explorer was very gung-ho to go ahead and take off on another 10 mile hike, as ill prepared as we were. Hubby and I had to have a show down on the hiking trail that went something like, 
me: “We’re not hiking all the way to the glacier today.”
him: “You’re not the boss!”
me: “I don’t care if I’m the boss. We’re not going.”
him: “You don’t get to decide. You’re not the boss!”
me: “Well, you’re not the boss either and we’re turning around. Go by yourself!”
We didn’t hike to the glacier. 
It was pretty bad though. Having a screaming match about “You’re not the boss of me!” on a hiking trail in the middle of a national park was not one of our finer moments. However, if I hadn’t confronted him and had the screaming match, I can guarantee you we would have hiked to the glacier that day. 
In the rain, wearing running shoes.
I couldn’t put grandma and my eight year old through that. The showdown had to happen.

My Gypsy Soul, Grinnell Lake Hike

More wildlife: we saw a moose.

My Gypsy Soul, Grinnell Lake Hike

More flora, and some fauna. The worms were creepy and they were all over the place.

My Gypsy Soul, Grinnell Lake Hike
A few notes about the hike back from Grinnell Lake: when we aborted the glacier hike, we were on the opposite side of Lake Josephine and in an area the guide had dubbed the “bear’s picnic area” because of the abundance of berries and other bear food on that section of mountain. There was bear sign all over that trail, and and one point, we were even close enough to smell grizzly bear (and they are STINKY!) The trail was so dense and thickly overgrown, the bears had ample opportunity to hide and wait for us to pass–but I’ve smelled a bear. I have to say, that’s as close as I want to get.

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[Places I’ve Roamed] Many Glacier

After hiking Logan’s Pass, we continued on the Going to the Sun road toward Many Glacier and our hard-won reservations at the Many Glacier Hotel.
Along the way, we spotted an Elk.

She seemed as interested in us as we were in her. She stayed a while to get a good look at us.

Next, we spotted a mama bear and her three cubs. Not sure whether she’s a grizzly. Could be a black bear too. Apparently, they come in many colors including blonde, cinnamon, and black.

The crown jewel of the continent: the Many Glacier Hotel.
I live for this view.
Pickup pianist in the Many Glacier Hotel lobby. She was incredible.

And a little video of the same: 

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