There are numerous things to do in Glacier National Park, including hiking, camping, boating, and photography. The park has over 700 miles of trails, offering great opportunities for anything from a short hike to an extended backpacking trip. Some trail are self-guided walks with interpretations of trailside features on sign or brochures. Several nature trails encourage hikers to explore the park at their own pace, such as the Trail of the Cedars, Hidden Lake, Swiftcurrent, Forest and Fire, and Running Eagle Falls. The Running Eagle Falls trail and the Trail of the Cedars are both wheelchair accessible. Visitors can also take part in several different hikes, both day hikes and overnight trips, with a ranger during the summer and winter. Hikes are also led by rangers and boat captains in connection with specific boat tours in the park.
Hikers exploring the backcountry of Glacier National Park will find the area split into two different sceneries, divided roughly by the Continental Divide into east and west. The east side of the Continental Divide contains terrain that is more sparsely vegetated than the west, offering open vistas. This however also attracts more crowds. Trails on this side begin at around 5,000 feet in elevation. The west side of the divide is more densely forested, providing a great area for visitors seeking solitude. Trails here begin at around 3,200 feet.
Glacier National Park contains 13 specific campgrounds and approximately 1,009 campsites from which visitors can choose from to enjoy a campfire and sleep under the stars. The park is also a photographer's paradise, with its sweeping vistas, glaciers, wildflowers, waterfalls, wildlife, and picturesque sunrises and sunsets over the lakes.
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