Hello NWHikers. I have been scouring the threads for info and I am finding excellent examples of such. What I really want to know is this:
Can I show up at Glacier National Park on the Amtrak on September 27 and expect to secure permits for a nine-day backcountry immersion? Is it busy at that time? And is there an expected weather consideration, i.e. heavy snowfall, if I want to traverse the park west to east over the passes or vice versa? I know that the weather is a game you play by its own rules there.
There have been cases in recent years when backpackers were trapped in the Glacier backcountry by snow in September. Not too likely but you need to have the gear to handle snow if it happens. There could easily be some snow on the high passes (or a lot if you are unlucky).
Thanks for the replies and the links. I'm just getting started on planning this trip, which is replacing many other options that I'm canceling because my car died. The Amtrak access is really convenient for a man with no wheels and little desire to rely on people to get me out and back with scheduled rides or hitchhiking. It effectively puts Glacier NP within walking distance of my Seattle apartment. Amazing!
If the high country out there is sketchy due to snow then I'll stay low and love that, too.
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