Whitefish Journals

Glacier National Park... The Crown Jewel of America

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A travel journal to Whitefish by John G. Wilbanks

Logan Pass Photo, Whitefish, Montana More Photos
Quote: Day hikes and drives in Glacier National park let you experience the beauty without being too extreme.

Glacier National Park... The Crown Jewel of America

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Overview

Lake McDonald Photo, Whitefish, Montana
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Located in the Northernmost part of Montana, and 2 1/2 hours away from Interstate 90, Glacier National Park enjoys a bit of Solitude. Most cross country travelers don't think of Glacier because it is so far off the beaten path. But for those willing to take a little side trip, the park rewards you with a treasure of natural beauty and awe inspiring scenary. From Missoula, Mt, head North on Hwy 93 past the beautiful Flathead Lake toward Kalispell. At Kalispell follow Hwy 2 east to the park entrance. Entrance fees are per vehicle and they are good for 7 days from date of purchase. There are 13 camprgounds in the park providing about 1,000 sites. Sites are given out on a first come fir...Read More

Logan Pass

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Attraction

Logan Pass Photo, Whitefish, Montana
Quote:
Visit the meadows at Logan Pass. Take a hike along the trail to Hidden lake where you may encounter mountain goats and other wild life.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2000

Logan Pass
The Heart of Glacier National Park
Whitefish, Montana

Avalanche Creek

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Attraction

Avalanche Creek Photo, Whitefish, Montana
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Avalanche creek has carved itself through solid rock. As it snakes its way to Lake McDonald, Avalanche creek as carved through solid rock. A short hike takes you through this beautiful rock and moss covered area.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2000

Avalanche Creek
Just past Lake McDonald
Whitefish, Montana

Waterton Lakes

Attraction

Waterton Lakes Photo, Whitefish, Montana
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Exit the park on the East side and head North into Canada for a what some consider the most beautiful part of Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park. The only park of it's kind in the world, Glacier is part of an undivided natural area set aside by both Canada and The United States. There are no bondaries between the two parks, allowing both people and animals to move back and forth with total freedom. Waterton lake and the surrounding mountain peaks are truely magnificent.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2000

Waterton Lakes
Waterton Lakes / Glacier National Park
Whitefish, Montana

Many Glacier

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Attraction

Many Glacier Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Mt. Grinnell dominates the view at Many Glacier. The early bird gets the worm here for spectacular sunrises. The flat prarie to the East allows the sun to shine unobstructed on Mt. Grinnell as it towers over Swiftcurrent lake. After watching the sunrise, continue down the road to the end. There you can hike the full 3 miles to swiftcurrent pass or stop off at Redrock falls for a leisurely break before heading back. Another destination from the trailhead is the hike to Iceberg Lake. It is a bit of an up, so you should be in good shape for the 5 mile hike. Before leaving the Many Glacier Area, take the short hike to Apikuni Falls on the North side of the road as you head out. If you get to Lake ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2000

Many Glacier

Glacier National Park, Montana

Lak MacDonald Photo, Whitefish, Montana
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Most visitors stay on the main road. For the adventurous, you can turn left after entering the park and take the gravel road along the West side of the park. Here you will find Logging Lake, Quartz Lake, Bowman Lake, and Kintal Lake. It's a 45-mile drive to the end, but hiking trails will reward you. Stop just past Quartz Creek campground for a short 1 1/2 mile hike into hidden meadow. Then continue North and take the turnoff to Bowman Lake. There you can camp or just day hike to the lookout tower on Numa Ridge. An ALL DAY hike from Bowman Lake will take you to Lower Quartz Lake, along the east shore and north where you will pass between Middle Quartz and Quartz Lake before heading up the ridge t...Read More