MT – Glacier NP – Avalanche Trail . . . rainy day blues?

I’d been running from this storm for a couple weeks and it finally caught me. Sure I’d much rather have some nice days during my first visit to Glacier, but I’m here and I’ve learned a few things over the past couple years that make rainy day hikes much more bearable. (1) It usually looks worse from the inside; (2) I’m not really made out of sugar; (3) an umbrella and the right clothes make a huge difference; (4) it’s all about ATTITUDE; and (4) sharing the day brings out the smiles. 

Having spent considerable time hiking in Glacier last summer, Joan knew the perfect rainy day trail. 

Rainy Day Rule #1: Come prepared to embrace the wet. Here Joan is strutting the latest forest runway wearing a fashionable Frogg Toggs poncho with ZPacks Challenger rain pants, while sporting functional accessories such as household cleaning gloves and a Liteflex umbrella.

Rainy Day Rule #2: Imagination is a good thing. Here Joan is telling me all about Johns Lake.

Rainy Day Rule #3: Find the hidden treasures. 

Rainy Day Rule #4: Enjoy the increased flows of creeks, rivers and waterfalls. 

For a full appreciation of this water flow, check out my video:

Rainy Day Rule #5: Be ready for magic. 

Rainy Day Rule #6: Have fun, be silly, giggle, laugh, and above all else make memories. Heck, we hiked 14 miles and didn’t regret our decision for a minute.

Date(s) Hiked: April 24, 2016

Road Trip Day(s) #66 out of 88


  • The only campgrounds in the park open during the winter/early spring season are Apgar and St Mary
  • Come prepared with grizzly bear spray or buy at Visitor’s Center upon arrival
  • Microspikes or YakTrax are a good option for early season travel.