A July 2003 trip
to Glacier National Park by gowest youngman
Quote: Going to the Sun Road is an inexpensive destination that has priceless views.
The road starts to incline toward The Loop, where pullouts are frequent, so that one can stop and enjoy the views. I chose a pullout just past The Loop, where I found awesome views of Heavens Peak and Clements Mountain, with green valleys full of pines and cedars. I could have spent hours gazing upon this beautiful scene, but since I didn't bring any food or water, I thought it was better to keep driving toward Logan Pass.
Going to the Sun Road becomes very narrow and winding, so take it slow and easy. It can be congested at times, so pullout and enjoy the beauty while giving your engine a breather.
I finally reached Logans Pass and went into the visitor center. My luck - no food service. I sipped some water from the drinking fountain and then decided to try a short hike - the Hidden Lake trail.
Only about 3 miles round trip, the hike is uphill one way and then downhill coming back. (Take small steps going up, as it makes it easier on the legs and back). The journey is well worth it. There are spectacular views and lots of wildlife to observe. During my vacation, I saw marmoths, squirrels, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep, all on this one trail. At the height of the trail is an incredible view of Hidden Lake, with its crystal-blue water. Above the lake, you can see Sperry Glacier, Mt. Reynolds, and views of mountains galore.
After Logans Pass, the east side of the park is just as beautiful. There are more mountains, and St. Mary Lake is glorious. This trip is a feast for the senses: to see the forest, hear the wildlife, and smell the pines.