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Vlog 5: Camping Near Glacier & Hiking Standard Peak

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Vlog 5 Recap & Info

In this video, we show you our free campsite near the west entrance of Glacier National Park at McGinnis Creek. The campsite we were able to get was a little narrow and barley big enough for our large travel trailer, but it ended up being one of the most beautiful campsites we have ever stayed at.

See Also: Amazing Views & Free Camping Near Glacier National Park

Our free campsite on McGinnis Creek Road near Glacier National Park.

Standard Peak Hike Near Columbia Falls, Montana

After spending a few nights at that spot, we realized there was a popular hike just a few miles up the road from us called Standard Peak (click to view on Alltrails).

Finding where the trail starts it a bit of a challenge because it just starts right from the road with no parking area and only a tiny sign that is mostly hidden to mark it. If you drive to the exact coordinates you will clearly see the trail go up the mountain you just have to be looking for it.

The Standard Peak hike is only 6 miles in total, but the elevation gain is steep, and you are walking at an incline the entire way to the top.

The hike is worth the climb though, as you quickly start to get a glimpse of the Rocky Mountains to the east that are part of Glacier National Park. When you get the first ridge you get this stunning view of the jagged peaks in the distance. That was by far my favorite part of the Standard Peak hike. I enjoyed it more than the destination even.

Once we made it to the top we could see all the way to Flathead Lake to the south and even some of the many glacial mountains you drive by on the going-to-the-sun road in Glacier National Park.

View of Kalispel & Flathead Lake from Standard Peak.

It was a fantastic destination, but it was cut short by the crazy amount of horse flies buzzing around up there. Even though it was a hot day they were still out in large numbers and we were unable to genuinely enjoy the views because of them.

View of Rocky Mountains from Standard Peak.

If you do the Standard Peak Hike, make sure you wear long pants and shirts or bring bug spray.

Some New Food

Afterward, we try out a dish that was recommended to us by some fellow RVers we met back at Goose Bay.  They gave us a Louisiana Fish Fry Products Cajun Seafood Etoufee mix (click to view on Amazon). It was delicious and a great easy dish to make after a tough hike.

Hope you enjoy our vlog and getting a glimpse of our lives as full-time RVers. If you have any questions you can leave a comment on the video or here. Thanks for watching and remember to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you don’t miss future videos.

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