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Backcountry Guide • 2008
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Solitude seekers experience bliss around every turn of the trail in
Glacier’s over 1 million acres of wilderness. Whether it is high on a
mountain top, along cool forest floors, or by the calm peaceful wa-
ters of an alpine lake, opportunities abound to be alone. And these
places often become sanctuaries for some, or natural cathedrals,
where one can reflect in a natural setting.
Backpacking is an activity that usually embodies a group of friends
with common interests. Hikers who like the fellowship of others
on the trail often find friendships renewed and strengthened. The
journeys and experiences together, across miles of Glacier’s interi-
or, are shared and remembered. It is even possible to establish long
lasting friendships with new faces met hiking up the same arduous
mountain pass or relaxing in the same serene campground.
When I answer my Grandmother about backpacking, I often quote
John Muir, “…in every walk with Nature, one receives far more
than he seeks.” Maybe you have a friend or family member like my
Grandmother. What will your answer be, why will you backpack?
Article by David Restivo
Glacier’s Wild Backcountry
Glacier represents the core of a vast tract of
wildlands often referred to as the “Crown of
the Continent.” More than 95% of Glacier’s
1,013,000-plus acres is proposed for inclusion
in the national Wilderness Preservation System.
It is the policy of the National Park Service to
manage proposed wilderness areas in accor-
dance with the Wilderness Act of 1964 in order
to protect wilderness values and characteristics
until such time as Congress acts.
The fundamental tenets of the Wilderness Act
most visible to backcountry visitors include:
• Prohibition of motorized equipment and
mechanized transport, including bicycles and
canoe carts, in the backcountry (except during