Trail, Campground Improvements At Glacier National Park Being Funded By Glacier National Park Fund

A new overlook at Hidden Lake, better food storage for front-country campers, and trail improvements are coming to Glacier National Park thanks to grants from the Glacier National Park Fund.

The money for the projects comes from donations to the fund and revenue from the sale of the Montana Glacier National Park specialty license plates.

The four Preserve Glacier grants are:

* A rebuild of the Hidden Lake overlook platform

* An accessibility upgrade to the Rising Sun Picnic Trail

* 15 bear-proof food storage boxes at front-country campgrounds in the park

* Bear Resistant Garbage Containers for Private Landowners and Park Neighbors

The Hidden Lake Overlook at Logan Pass is perhaps the most popular spot in the park – and one of the most traveled. Each year, untold thousands of visitors stand on the overlook and gaze at the remarkable scenery in all directions, according to the Glacier Fund. It not only provides a stable area to gaze from and take pictures from but it also protects this sensitive alpine area from visitor impacts.

The Rising Sun picnic area and the Rising Sun boat dock are also very popular stops along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The trail between them runs fairly level along the shore of St. Mary Lake and is also well traveled. For these reasons, it lends itself to an upgrade in accessibility and could possibly become a fully accessible trail in the future.

“Preserving Glacier National Park for future generations to enjoy can only be accomplished by partnerships with our many donors and Glacier supporters,” noted Jane Ratzlaff, the fund's executive director. “We are pleased to be able to support Glacier’s diverse preservation needs. Thanks so much to our wonderful donors who made these unrestricted grants possible.”

The Glacier National Park Fund is the official non-profit fund raising partner for Glacier National Park. Their mission is to preserve and protect the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the park for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For further information call 406-892-3250 or go to www.glaciernationalparkfund.org.