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Learn about our baking, hiking, summer sports, winter sports and much more around Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest!

Baking

See what's cooking at Moss Mountain Inn.
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Kouign Amann
Kouign Amann
Is this the richest pastry of them all?
Peanut Butter Fudge Rolls
Peanut Butter Fudge Rolls
Decades of innovation lead to the ultimate cinnamon bun.
Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls
Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls
Decades of innovation lead to the ultimate cinnamon bun.
Croissants Revisited
Croissants Revisited
Building a better croissant.
Montreal Bagels
Montreal Bagels
More flavor in a smaller package.
Big Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Big Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
These are big, hearty cookies with just the right amount of spice.
Moss Mountain Inn Ginger Molasses Cookies
Moss Mountain Inn Ginger Molasses Cookies
Soft,chewy and spicy in a big package
Moss Mountain Inn Big Peanut Butter Cookies
Moss Mountain Inn Big Peanut Butter Cookies
Balancing bold peanut flavor with creamy softness, these cookies are irresistible!
Millionaire Granola Bars
Millionaire Granola Bars
Learn how to make our favorite trail snack.
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Hiking

From short strolls around Moss Mountain Inn to epic, full day hikes.
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Hiking in Winter
Hiking in Winter
Winter hikes from Moss Mountain.
Long Glacier Hikes
Long Glacier Hikes
Full day glacier hikes.
Short Glacier Hikes
Short Glacier Hikes
Half day or less glacier hikes.
Flathead National Forest Hikes
Flathead National Forest Hikes
Flathead National Forest hikes.
Easy Strolls
Easy Strolls
Easy Strolls around Moss Mountain Inn.
Hiking with Your Dog
Hiking with Your Dog
Hiking with your dog around Glacier.
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Wildlife

Stories of Glacier's most memorable creatures.
The Cordial Grizzly
The Cordial Grizzly
On occasion, you can hang out in an alpine meadow with a grizzly and live to tell about it.
Moose Tales
Moose Tales
Babysitting a moose calf and more moosechevious musings.
Mountain Goats
Mountain Goats
When a mountain goat comes calling, (literally) don't sweat it.
Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep
Glacier National Park is one of the best places to view Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.
Mountain Lions
Mountain Lions
The Glacier area's most shy and deadly predator
Valley of the Predators
Valley of the Predators
Why do locals call this the Valley of the Predators?
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The Area


Getting to the Glacier Area

By Air: Glacier Park International Airport is situated between Kalispell and Columbia Falls, about 20 minutes from Moss Mountain Inn. Four airlines serve the airport (Delta, United, Alaska and Allegiant) with direct flights to Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Las Vegas and Minneapolis year round and seasonal direct flights to Oakland, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, and Atlanta. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are available but most folks rent a car.

Right:  Amtrak Empire Builder pulling into the East Glacier Station

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From the East

Via Amtrak, the Empire Builder: Everyone should do this trip at least once! The Amtrak experience is a mixed bag. The service is typically top notch and the food good, but being starved for funding year after year takes a toll on the physical plant. Lately trains have been running an hour or two late, a big improvement from long delays during the early oil boom days in North Dakota. Rental cars are available in East Glacier, West Glacier, and Whitefish not far from the train stations.

Highway 2: A great drive for those loving wide open spaces, Highway 2 follows the Great Northern Railway line (now BNSF). Four lane thru most of North Dakota, the road turns to two lane in Montana, with some interesting railroad towns along the way. In the early days of the oil boom in North Dakota, traffic could actually be congested, but things have calmed down a bit since then.

Interstate 94 to Highway 2 or Highway 200: Interstate 94 is in better shape than just about any other road in the USA and you get to drive 80 legally!  Consider a stop in Medora to see Theodore Roosevelt National Park and see the Medora Musical. Once when Chris was at the Medora Musical, the show had to be stopped while a herd of elk passed near the stage. Bison frequent the park campground and our cat Sylvie got in trouble with a ranger for "harassing" the bison. At Glendive Montana, one may head northwest to Highway 2, head straight west thru the middle of the state on Highway 200, or continue on I-94 to I-90 at Billings. Even though its interstate, continuing onto I-90 will add an hour or two to your trip. In winter, heading north to Highway 2 is a good choice as it gets more traffic and more snowplow passes. In good weather, heading straight west on Highway 2 is quickest as the route is more direct and there are few towns and little traffic to slow you down. Along the way, Lewistown has a lovely Main Street and Great Falls has lots of retail, even a Starbucks!

Interstate 90: There's lots to do in the Badlands and Black Hills, making for a good stop. We did the nuclear missile tour last time we went through and give it glowing reviews. Farther west, one passes the Devil's Tower, the Bighorn Mountains, and the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. If you stay in Billings, try to stay on the outskirts. We have been victims of crime during our stays in the town proper and last time we stayed there, the RV park owner almost shot his son while we were checking in. Spooky. After Billings, Interstate 90 winds through broad valleys with mountain ranges always in view. Butte is a must stop for mining buffs and Bozeman and Missoula are wonderful college towns to stop and linger in.

Below left:  Wall Drug in Wall South Dakota - where else can you ride a 10 ft bucking jackalope?
Below right:  Badlands of South Dakota

From The West

Via Amtrak, the Empire Builder: See above. Also, you should note that the Empire Builder departs Portland and Seattle late in the afternoon, meaning that the trail will pass through most of the scenic Rocky Mountains in darkness, unfortunately.

Interstate 90: I think I-90 from Spokane to Missoula is the most underrated scenic drive in America. The road from Spokane to Coeur d'Alene offers views of desert, mountains and lakes but can be congested at times. East of Coeur d'Alene the traffic thins out and you drive thru the Silver Valley traversing Fourth of July and Lookout Passes at each end. The Silver Valley (Pinehurst to Mullan) was ground zero for a century long silver mining boom that ended a few decades ago. Now the valley has tilted toward tourism with the upgrading of the Silver Mountain Ski Resort, bike trails and mine tours. Try to stop in Wallace, in my opinion, the most beautiful small town in America.

Highway 2: See Kootenai Falls, the Cabinet Mountains and Libby Montana.

Highway 12: Again, less traveled and a longer drive but plenty of pretty mountain views.

From the South

Interstate 15:  If you are coming up I-15 from Idaho or Utah, google maps will keep you on I-15 until just south of Butte, then it will direct you west on I-90. Instead, consider getting off I-15 at Anaconda and heading west then north on Montana 1. Montana 1 is a more intimate mountain drive that takes you past Philipsburg, one of the best preserved small mining towns in the West. The drive on Montana 1 really doesn't take any longer than I-90. At Drummond, you can head west on I-90 for a ways then north, or head east on E Front Street thru Drummond which turns into the East Frontage Road for a few miles then turn onto the Helmville Road/Highway 271. This eventually will lead you to Highway 141, then Highway 200, from which you can access Highway 83, described below.


Via Highway 93: Coming up from I-90 via highway 93 will take you through some low lying mountains up into the Flathead Valley. Around St. Ignatius, the National Bison Range (kind of a drive thru buffalo park) appears on the left, then the highway heads up thru the Flathead Reservation then up to Flathead Lake. Flathead lake, the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. west of the Mississippi, takes about an hour to drive around, so you'll get plenty of opportunities to view it. Taking Highway 93 west around the lake is quickest, with passing lanes in places and some nice pullouts to view the lake and valley. Taking Highway 35 around the east side of the lake is possible also. This route is slower as there is a lot of local tourist traffic and very rare chances to pass. Both routes around the lake are dotted with multiple opportunities to stop at state parks or local cherry orchards. (Cherries have been grown commercially along Flathead Lake since the 1930's, the climate moderating effects of Flathead Lake making cherry culture ideal).

Via Highway 200 and 83: This is a beautiful drive, starting out in the low mountains around the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers, then heading Northwest along Salmon and Seeley Lakes. To the north of Highway 200 is the Bob Marshall Wilderness, together with the Great Bear Wilderness, is one of the largest roadless, wilderness areas in the lower 48. Salmon Lake in particular is a nice lunch stop. Traffic is not as heavy as via Highway 93.

From the North

Well, straight north of Moss Mountain is just wilderness. The North Fork Road ends at the Canadian Border and there is no legal crossing. To the Northeast the Canada Highway 6/Chief Mountain Highway MT 17 crossing is open typically May 15-Sept 30. Hours may vary but are typically 9 am - 10 pm peak season and 9 am - 6 pm early and late in the season.

To the Northwest, the nearest crossing is at Roosville/Eureka and is open 24/7 year round. Everyone knows about Banff and Jasper but to the west of Banff and Jasper are the lesser known but just as beautiful Glacier National Park (Canada) and Revelstoke National Parks. If you have time, work these parks in!

Below left:  Heading north on Interstate 15, south of Dillon Montana
Below right:  Flathead Lake at Flathead Lake State Park


Flathead Avalanche Training
Flathead Avalanche Training
A great educational service available through Flathead Valley Continuing Education and the Flathead Avalanche Center is avalanche training for both beginners and experienced backcountry explorers, whether you are on skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. I took the Introduction to Avalanches class recently, which consists of three hours of classroom training and a day of field training at the top of Whitefish Ski Resort.
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