Glacier National Park Journals

Majestic Degrees of Altitude

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A June 2002 trip to Glacier National Park by dawn

Avalanche Lake Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana More Photos
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Many Glacier Hotel

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Hotel | "Many Glacier Lodge"

Many Glacier Hotel Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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In the early 1900’s Glacier was being advertised as the "Swiss experience in America" by the Great Northern Railroad under the vision of Louis Hill. He wanted to construct all the buildings in Glacier and Waterton in a Swiss theme and was ahead of his time (and Disney) in this marketing scheme. When I first stayed at Many Glacier in 1993, I thought it was a rambling bit of finery that plunked itself next to Swiftcurrent Lake. We visited in July and the entertainment committee (young people from many countries working here for the summer) had planned a charming "Christmas in July" party. It reminded me of going to camp! Items available for dinner were things that one would have d...Read More

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Many Glacier Hotel
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Montana
(406) 756-2444

Lake McDonald Lodge

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Lake McDonald Lodge Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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In 1913 when this lodge was built there weren’t any roads into the park! Very wealthy people arrived by boat from across the lake. Therefore, the architecturally interesting parts of this 3-storey recreation of a Swiss Chalet are facing the lake while todays visitors arrive at the back of the wood building. That won’t stop you from entering the lobby and saying " WHOAH-HOOOHH!" at the immense post and beam timbered construction. The fireplace stretches across one wall and is large enough to roast an entire buffalo…with room left over! The surround of the fireplace has Native American symbols and signs etched strategically across it while the floor has Native American words etched into ...Read More

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Lake McDonald Lodge
West Entrance
Glacier National Park, Montana
(406) 892-2525

Avalanche Lake

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Avalanche Lake Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Enter the forest of tall wispy cedars along the flat boardwalk and enjoy the distant sound of rushing water and the whisper of the wind above. The trail starts flat and level enough for wheelchair access, but it won’t remain that way for long! You’ll start to climb slowly as the sound of rushing water comes closer and the forest thickens around you. I peer at fallen logs that resemble the skeletal remains of some huge beast left to rest awaiting the slow action of decay. Another wooden boardwalk spans a narrow gully where immense boulders weep with green moss and the water swirls in a white blur below my feet. I close my eyes and feel A narrow sunbeam warm my face as it reached me….som...Read More

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Avalanche Lake

Glacier National Park, Montana

Hidden Lake

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Hidden Lake Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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The Hidden Lake Trail begins right behind the Logan’s Pass Information Station On wooden boardwalks that protect the fragile alpine vegetation below. This is the top of the Continental Divide at 6,646 ft. above sea level. Although it isn’t as high as some passes in Colorado, the effect on your lowland body is going to be the same…shortness of breath, vertigo, weakness, and colder temperatures than you anticipate. You aren’t a wimp; it’s a degree of altitude problem! Consider more water than usual for your hike, energy snacks, warmer clothing, and allow more time than you thought to make the trek allowing for frequent rests. The trail itself isn’t difficult if you prepare yourself in this manner. ...Read More

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Hidden Lake
Trailhead at Logan's Pass Ranger Station
Glacier National Park, Montana 59936
(406) 888-7800

Running Eagle Trail

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Attraction | "Running Eagle Waterfall hike"

Running Eagle Trail Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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The first time we hiked here our kids were small and we had camped overnight. It was then that we discovered that the East side of the park gets more mosquitos and biting flies than the West! Be sure that you have a can of bug repellent with you for your sanity! On that first trip in 1981, this waterfall was called "Trick" falls which was a white man’s name. The "trick" was that it seemed that the water flowed from two directions. over the top of the cliffs like a regular waterfall from the very center of the earth. This illusion of water coming from the center of the earth makes this site a holy one for the people of Indian Nations. Be aware that there...Read More

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Running Eagle Trail
Two Medicine Valley
Glacier National Park, Montana
(406) 888-7800

Pow-Wow Celebrations

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Pow-Wow Celebrations Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Pow-wow’s aren’t held to entertain tourists nor is the primary focus making money. It is a spiritual event where the combination of dance, drums, and song are moments of meditation.Unless the Pow-wow is a charity event, there isn’t an admission fee,although many dances use the entrance fee to fund scholarships for young people. Some dancers will have numbers pinned on their clothing, indicating that they are entered into a dance competition, but the "Caller" at the event is careful to announce that anyone present may dance! The trick is that some dances, such as the Gourd Dance, are religious requiring that the dancer be part of a trained society. The Caller directs which dance is done and...Read More

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Pow-Wow Celebrations
Flathead Valley of Montana
Glacier National Park, Montana
(406) 888-7800

Burning Desires

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fire camp#1 Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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"There’s a war being fought in the forests." The contract firefighter looked at me with tired brown eyes and a soot-streaked face. The once-yellow bag on his shoulder was mostly black and smelled as if I had submerged my nose underneath a burning campfire. "The problem is that I’m not talking about the fire! I’m talking about the inertia that has resulted from the fighting--environmentalists to loggers and all the groups in between." Fighting forest fires is big business in this country. The 2003 federal budget is $2.6 billion and the projections are that the bills will exceed the $3.5 billion mark. In September, there were 2,705 firepeople in northern Montana being supported by our taxes. Can ...Read More