7 Days in Glacier National Park

Christian and I just returned from a 2-week vacation in Montana. The first portion of our trip was spent hiking in Glacier National Park. This was our third time visiting Glacier and, once again, it didn't disappoint! Here are a few highlights.

We met up with some MT locals as we were hiking up Two Medicine Pass and they invited us to climb the Painted Tepee with them. The Painted Tepee is in the background of the photo of the 2 of us. By "climb" I mean hike up. We didn't need ropes or anything crazy like that but it did take about 10 hours from when we set out down the trail to when we got back. Pretty amazing experience! (Side note: I burned the crap out of my legs on this hike. I forgot to put on sunscreen and paid the price. I had to wear pants the whole rest of the trip and now I have some crazy tan lines on my legs. Don't forget to wear your sunscreen, folks.)



We saw a Blue Grouse doing his mating dance. He had these crazy things on the side of his head that would balloon out when he called. I've never seen anything like it! We have grouse here in Wisconsin but not like this guy.

  

At Florence Falls. The waterfalls are huge in Glacier and there's a lot of them.



On a snowy/rainy day the fog cleared just long enough for us to see fresh snow atop Swiftcurrent Lookout where we were a few days ago. Moments later we were completely socked in. We never saw the peak again for the rest of the day.



Christian hiding from the wind on the aforementioned Swiftcurrent Lookout. We had 50 mph gusts while hiking to the summit. The wind kept tossing me around on the trail and it was extremely hard to walk. Getting to the top of that peak was one of the hardest physical things I've ever done - but the view from the top made it all worth it.



While hiking up to Swiftcurrent Lookout we ran into 2 guys from the National Park Service trail crew. They were both carrying shovels. I asked where they were headed next and they said the Highline Trail to start digging. The trail was closed due to hazardous snow drifts. A few days later the trail opened. As we hiked the trail we noticed the areas where they had dug out the snow. Two guys dug out all that snow. Isn't that amazing?!

 
 

A nice view of Jackson Glacier on our way to Gunsight Pass. We ended up not being able to go over the pass because of a dangerous snow field. The hike was still worthwhile because we got into an area of the park where we had never hiked before.



At aptly-named Iceberg Lake. 



On the trail up to Swiftcurrent Lookout. Earlier that morning we were hiking through the woods in the valley down below and heard a {SNAP!} We looked over and a bear was standing on it's hind legs pushing on a tree trunk just 20' away! We didn't stick around to determine whether it was a grizzly or a black bear.



The wildflowers were amazing!



Sharing the trail with a mountain goat! By far THE highlight of the whole trip. She wanted to come our way but the trail was on the edge of a cliff. We flattened ourselves against the cliff and she ran down the trail right in front of us!


Have you ever been to Glacier? It's one of our favorite Parks and I hope these pictures help shed some light on why. Stay tuned for the second half of our vacation. It involved a little "dirt work".




Comments

Judy Trull said…
Amazing, thanks for taking us along with you!
karen said…
Loved your post! the views are breathtaking and it looks like a cool place to visit and so nice you were able to do it together!

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