Embarking on a hiking adventure in Glacier National Park can be a thrilling and rewarding experience. The serene beauty of nature, majestic views, and the challenge of conquering new heights make it an unforgettable journey. However, proper preparation and having the right gear are crucial. And, In this Glacier travel blog post, we will discuss the top 10 essential hiking items to take with you on your mountain hiking expedition.

Hiking at Lion Mountain Trail Glacier Bear Condo a luxury 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath mountain modern chalet on Whitefish Mountain

Lion Hiking Trail – Near Whitefish Montana

1. Hiking Boots or Shoes:
Of course, footwear is a vital consideration for any hiking trip. And, when it comes to mountains, a good pair of hiking boots or shoes is a must-have. Definitely, make sure they are comfortable, sturdy, and have proper ankle support. However, look for boots or shoes that offer traction and are waterproof or water-resistant to keep your feet dry especially during sudden weather changes or creek crossings. Additionally, if you need better shoes, shop local and visit with the educated folks at Sportsman & Ski Haus. And, with locations in Whitefish and a larger store in Kalispell, you’ll find good shoes for the plans you have.

2. Backpack:
Invest in a well-fitting backpack that can comfortably hold all your hiking essentials. And, opt for one with adjustable straps, multiple compartments, and external attachments for carrying hiking poles or other equipment. Remember, it’s important to pack smartly and distribute the weight evenly throughout the bag. This increases balance and stability. We do have extra Osprey backpacks, day packs, hiking poles and bear spray in the condo for our guests to use during your stay.

3. Navigation Tools:
When hiking in the mountains, especially areas you are not familiar with, have reliable navigation tools. Of course, the park offers maps. But, it’s always good to have a GPS device or smartphone app. These tools will help you stay on track and avoid getting lost in unfamiliar terrain. Most importantly, plan your route first!  Not only does the help give you guidance and time-frame, it gives you insight as to water and food you need to bring. Never go out without knowing where you’re going.

4. Clothing Layers:
As you may not know, weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. So, it’s very essential to dress in layers. (In fact, that’s a bonus for having a good backpack!)  Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, followed by an insulating middle layer, and finish with a waterproof and breathable outer layer. This layering system allows you to adjust your clothing throughout the hike, helping you stay comfortable and dry.

5. Food and Water:
Hiking in the mountains can be physically demanding, and you’ll need to stay hydrated and nourished. Make sure to  carry enough water, snacks, and meals to sustain your energy levels throughout the hike. Portable water filters or water purifying tablets are also useful in case you need to collect water from natural sources.

6. First Aid Kit:
Accidents can happen, so it’s crucial to have a well-stocked first aid kit. Include bandages, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, blister pads, and any specific medications you may require. Additionally, consider taking a basic guide on wilderness first aid for emergencies. We do have first-aid kit in the cabin,

7. Protection AHeadlamps are essential hiking gear. stay at Glacier Bear Condo on Whitefish Mountain Formerly Snowbear Chaletsgainst Elements:
Sun protection is essential when hiking in mountainous regions. Carry a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and lip balm. It’s also advisable to pack insect repellent, especially if you are hiking during the summer months when bugs are more prevalent.

8. Emergency Gear:
Prepare for any unforeseen circumstances by packing essential emergency gear. While, this may include a whistle, a headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries, a multi-tool, a signaling mirror, there is also an emergency blanket. And, these items can prove to be lifesavers in case of an unexpected overnight stay on the mountain. But, if you are heading into Glacier for longer overnight hikes, make sure you have all these extras with you and more!

To ensure an enjoyable and safe hiking experience in the mountains, having the right gear is pivotal. Remember to invest in quality equipment and take the time to know how to use it properly. Of course, preparedness and being mindful of your surroundings in Glacier National Park will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of the mountains while minimizing any potential risks. So, gear up, take on the challenge, and soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of nature on your next mountain hiking adventure!

Certainly, you don’t forget to visit our Glacier Bear Condo GNP page with direct links to the National Park site of recommendations, events, and trail or road closures.


**An important note: we take cleanliness very seriously. We use professional cleaners in between each guests departure and arrival. We provide our guests with the direct phone number to our local property manager to ensure confidence, comfort and cleanliness at both of our locations.


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West Glacier Bear Cabin is Open During the Winter!


Visit our sister location, West Glacier Bear Cabin, inside Glacier National Park.  Oh, we’ve got you Glacier Bear Cabin is a cozy rustic 2 bedroom 1 bathroom cabin located in Apgar Village, around the corner from Lake McDonald. We are the perfect lodging to stay inside Glacier National Park. 3 On-site Kayaks, 2 Stand-Up Paddleboard, 2 E-bikes and 2 Mountain Bikes are on-site and included in your stay for guest use anytimecovered with our cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bath cabin when you want to stay close to the GNP action. And, it’s in a perfect location at Apgar Village, just around the corner from Lake McDonald.  And, you’ll love having on-site kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, mountain and e-bikes for our cabin guests to use anytime during their stay at the cabin.  Of course, you can choose one location or both! **Discounts are available if you want to stay at both properties**  



West Glacier Bear Cabin INSIDE Glacier National Park is now open DURING THE WINTER!! 

West Glacier Bear Cabin and Glacier Bear Condo Welcome you to Whitefish Mountain or Glacier National Park with two hotel properties to choose from for your vacation any time of the year


*Formerly known as a Snowbear Chalet unit, we are now Glacier Bear Condo, Chalet #2