Many Glacier Valley

The Many Glacier Valley is perhaps the most sunning easily-reached valley in Glacier National Park. Clumsily named by English-speakers thinking Blackfeet grammar was simple, the Blackfeet word is akokokutoi, which means “lots of ice”. Referred to by locals and Glacier Park enthusiasts simply as “Many”, the valley contains several glaciers, namely Grinnell, Gem, Salamander and the recently declassified North and South Swiftcurrent glaciers. The area also features some of the largest rock faces in the entire United States, specifically the north face of Mount Siyeh, the northeast face of Mount Gould and the walls of the Iceberg Lake cirque, all of which are well above 3,000 feet tall. Numerous lakes litter the valley floors, as well as a number of alpine basin lakes nested in hanging basins surrounding the lower valley. Shangri-La, Snowmoon, Ptarmigan and Windmaker lakes are just a few of these hidden gems, many of which provide nearly perfect wolverine habitat. This valley in particular is extremely important for studies of wolverines in Glacier National Park, especially studies revolving around their winter behavior. Of course, for most visitors, the most memorable aspect of this valley will be the grand old Many Glacier Hotel, which turned 100 years old on July 4th, 2015.

Many of the parks best trails emanate from the Many Glacier valley, including Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Glacier, The Highline Trail, Piegan Pass and Cracker Lake, among others. Horse-riding and boat rentals are available in the summer months, but perhaps the best way to spend an afternoon is to sit and drink a beer on the large lakeside outdoor balcony of the Many Glacier hotel and spot grizzlies feeding on the lower slopes of nearby Altyn Peak.