Glacier National Park Journals

2006 Trip Part 3 - MT - Glacier National Park

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An August 2006 trip to Glacier National Park by creekland

Many Glacier Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana More Photos
Quote: Montana - aka Big Sky Country - and WOW, is it ever! High, sharp-peaked mountains, flat valleys, uncrowded roads, and in the northwest, a National Park. Is it worth the long trip to see it? In a word, YES (if you're at all inspired by nature that is).

2006 Trip Part 3 - MT - Glacier National Park

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Overview

Many Glacier Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Glacier National Park - in a way, a victim of nature as the glaciers themselves are melting and are rather unimpressive, so we don't recommend going with visions of snowcapped glacier covered mountains as one would find at Mt Rainier or in Alaska... However, to dismiss this park as a "has been" is missing the rest of the sheer beauty that is unequaled elsewhere. Glacier is GORGEOUS (it just needs to be renamed). Our highlights? Hidden Lake Trail has vaulted to at or near the top in our mental list of favorite hikes found anywhere in a National Park. Here one can see mountain goats, bighorn sheep, various small "critters" and incredible alpine beauty of wildflowers, small waterfalls, mountaintops,...Read More

Avalanche Creek Campground

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Hotel

Avalanche Creek Campground Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Waking up to the sounds of a light breeze whispering through the trees and a bubbling creek nearby. Looking out to see the sun's light shining on the top of a nearby mountain peak - turning around and still seeing mountains. Yep, this is what camping in a National Park is supposed to be like (in a mountain setting)! Avalanche Creek campground fit the bill. It was a campground we loved, but won't be the "right" one for everyone. Avalanche Creek is one of those "few amenity" campgrounds loved by those of us who prefer nature, but not for those that want showers and stores. The only thing you get here are flush toilets (plus drinking water, a fire circle, and picnic tables). NOTE: These bath houses ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2006

Avalanche Creek Campground
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Montana 59936
(406) 888-7800

Hidden Lake

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Attraction | "Hidden Lake Trail"

Many Glacier Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Have you been "hunting" those elusive mountain goats and bighorn sheep in your National Park visits (generally unsuccessfully)? Then, welcome to Glacier NP and Hidden Lake Trail - your best "hunting" spot for really close "encounters." They're magnificent critters and the scenery to go with them is simply outstanding making this one of our most highly recommended hiking trails. The trailhead for Hidden Lake Trail leaves from Logan Pass Visitor Center on the Going to the Sun Rd. You must get here early if you want to find a parking space easily and if you want to hike with a smaller crowd! Even in late summer, by 11am the hike was pretty much wall to wall people and drivers were circling for parki...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 23, 2006

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

Many Glacier

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Attraction | "A Visit to the Many Glacier Area"

Many Glacier Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Purple mountains majesty all around, a beautiful lake in front of you, wildlife all around, and less than a quarter of the crowds in the main part of the park... this is the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park - a great site - a great retreat - a place you just might find some solitude. We went to Many Glacier on recommendation of a fellow teacher who had been there. In his opinion, it's the prettiest area of the park. Unfortunately, our visit was marred by the smoky haze of the current wildfire, but we could still see - and imagine - just how beautiful the area could be on a clear day - and he could very well be correct... To get to Many Glacier you have to exit the west side of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2006

Many Glacier

Glacier National Park, Montana

Going-to-the-Sun-Road

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Attraction | "Driving the Going to the Sun Road"

Going-to-the-Sun-Road Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Spectacular mountains, hanging valleys, gorgeous wildflowers, glaciers, waterfalls, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, black or grizzly bears - all viewable from a road barely wide enough for two cars in places - a rock cliff going up as one road shoulder and a sharp drop-off (you can't see the bottom of) as the other... ah, the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. It has to be one of the top 10 drives anywhere in the US. Built back in 1932, the Going to the Sun Road is a 52 mile visual gem you won't soon forget. You start down "low" on either end traveling past gorgeous lakes and forest (on the western side you get to meander through the 2006 wildfire area - still burning in places while ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2006

Going-to-the-Sun-Road

Glacier National Park, Montana 59936
(406) 888-7800

Glacier National Park - Our Thoughts

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Story/Tip

Many Glacier Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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There are mountains, and then there are mountains. While all of them have their own beauty and character and should be seen, those in Glacier are simply awe-inspiring. To date, we haven't seen any that are like them (though, admittedly, we still have more of this planet to see). Start with sharp peaks and crags of incredible mountaintops and valleys, add long blue lakes at various intervals, then add the diversity of critters that can be seen (like bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bears, marmots, ptarmigans, deer, etc), and finally add the abundance of summer highland wildflowers using pretty much every color available to you - well you MIGHT get the picture - but you'll still need to see it to KNOW ...Read More