Glacier National Park

September 13, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

In the fall of 2010, we traveled to Missoula Montana with the intent of looping through Glacier National Park, the Beartooth Highway, and Yellowstone over ten days.  Glacier was the first stop and it is an absolutely magnificent park.  The beautiful scenes beg you to wake before dawn and spend every minute of daylight exploring the more than 700 miles of trails.  The Going to the Sun Road splits the park in two and is the quintessential mountain road, with a breathtaking view, a crystal clear creek, or a roaring waterfall around every hairpin turn.

There are so many hiking trails to choose from.  We ended up hiking the Trail of the Cedars, Redrock Falls, Josephine Lake, St Mary Lake, Two-Medicine Lake, Eagle Falls, Hidden Lake, part of the Highline Trail, and part of the Grinnell Lake Trail (which incidentally was closed due to Grizzly Bear sightings).  Got in over 30 miles in the course of three days.  We saw all types of wildlife too, including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, marmots, deer, a grizzly bear, and even a black bear with cubs.  Last but not least, I witnessed some of the greenest green I had ever seen!

The camera caught most of the beauty...

Lake McDonald at DawnLake McDonald at Dawn McDonald Creek along the Going to the Sun RoadMcDonald Creek along the Going to the Sun Road Mt Oberlin along the Gong to the Sun RoadMt Oberlin along the Gong to the Sun Road

Hidden Lake at Logan PassHidden Lake at Logan Pass

Dawn at St Mary LakeDawn at St Mary Lake

East GlacierEast Glacier

Along the Highline Trail at Logan PassAlong the Highline Trail at Logan Pass St Mary Lake and Wild Goose IslandSt Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island Bighorn Sheep at Logan PassBighorn Sheep at Logan Pass Marmot near Hidden LakeMarmot near Hidden Lake Bighorn Sheep near Many Glacier HotelBighorn Sheep near Many Glacier Hotel Mountain Goat FamilyMountain Goat Family Along the trail to Grinnell LakeAlong the trail to Grinnell Lake Grinnell Lake TrailGrinnell Lake Trail


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