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My June 2005 trip took my to Mount Saint Helens, Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park before Glacier National Park. I was lucky enough to have 6 days in the Park.
While rainy and overcast much during much of my visit I still was able to take in great views at times. The drive from Cascades to Glacier was very long and I arrived at the historic Glacier Lodge at 2 AM.
I planned my hikes largely using Best Easy Day Hikes: Glacier National Park (which I recommend) and by talking to the rangers.
The first night I slept in the main lodge. I spent my first day in the Two Medicine Lake area and settled into the Swift Motor Lodge for 3 nights. I enjoyed ranger talks each evening in the Many Glaciers lodge. The second day I hiked in the Saint Mary Lake area (Piegen Pass). Day three I hiked Apikuni Falls. Day four I walked the Swiftcurrent Lake Trail and then a ranger lead hike to Redrock Falls.
Day five was a magical day. I started with a great ranger led hike to Iceberg Lake (I kept waiting for good weather which we finally got). Then I drove up to Waterton International Peace Park in Canada. The scenery at several overlooks on that drive were amazing. I then hiked the Bear's Hump trail and stayed at the Prince of Wales Hotel which was quite nice.
Day six was great also. I drove back and hiked the Hidden Lake trail. Several days earlier I had driven to Logan Pass (where the trailhead is) and literally you could not see 15 feet in any direction. I ended up at the Lake McDonald Lodge (which is "just" a motel but with a view that is amazing. I read American Gods sitting on the balcony looking at at this view - incredible. A great way to end my stay