Glacier National Park Journals

Summer’s End, Glacier West

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A September 2006 trip to Glacier National Park by btwood2

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Quote: Vast and wild, Glacier’s rough beauty enthralled me and has me hankering to return.

Summer’s End, Glacier West

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Overview

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Glacier National Park sits on the Continental Divide on either side of the backbone of the Rocky Mountain Front. Our plan was to spend time on both west and east sides, and we took a rather risky gamble that weather following Labor Day (when crowds thin out) would also cooperate. It did, to a degree. Our four days on the west side were sunny and warm, and we felt like we had plenty of time… That would change when we got to the east side. Highlights were a conglo...Read More

Sundance RV Park and Campground

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Hotel

Sundance RV Park and Campground Photo, Coram, Montana
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Melanie and Bill were our hosts at Sundance RV Park and Campground in Coram, only 6 miles west of Glacier Park’s west entrance. We usually nose around finding things to do ourselves, but Melanie really took us under her wing and made a point of letting us know about some of Glacier Park’s more hidden treasures. Though this RV park/campground is mostly shaded by trees, there are several sites (spaces 10 and 21) open enough to receive rooftop satellite, and we had no trouble getting a signal in space 10. Our Verizon cell phones wo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2007

Sundance RV Park and Campground
10545 US Highway 2 East
Coram 59913
(866) 782-2677

Northern Lights Saloon and Cafe

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Restaurant

· Northern Lights Saloon and Café  Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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After visiting the bakery at the Merc next door, we should have known Northern Lights Saloon and Café would be something extraordinary as well. Considering Polebridge’s isolation, we were thinking they’d probably have hamburgers and steaks, hearty and simple but nothing special. We didn’t expect top-notch absolutely scrumptious gourmet dinners. The mere presence of Northern Lights Saloon in Polebridge surprised us, as we’d only heard about the bakery. Rustic and low-key, there was a sign on the door indicating they’d open at 4pm. As we still wanted to go to Bowman Lake and had enough daylight left, we decided we’d grab an early dinner and then head out to the lake. ...Read More

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Lake McDonald Lodge

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Attraction

· Historic Lake McDonald Lodge Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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The Lake McDonald Lodge area was bustling with activity when we visited on a beautiful Indian summer morning, then returned at the end of the day to eat dinner. Pulling off Going-to-the Sun Road, we first came to a general store, tiny post office barely big enough for two people inside, and several glossy red buses. The famous Glacier Reds were part of a fleet of open-topped touring sedans introduced in the 1930s. The drivers were called "jammers", and the buses seated about 20 passengers. The canvas tops could be rolled back for stunning open-air views. Thirty-three remaining buses in Glacier were retired in 1999 due to old age. But partly because of public outcry and with the help...Read More

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Lake McDonald Lodge
10 miles from West Entrance on Going-to-the Sun Rd
Glacier National Park, Montana

Trail of the Cedars

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Attraction | "Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Creek "

Trail of the Cedars Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Where: on Going-to-the-Sun Road, about 4 miles past McDonald FallsDistance: 0.7 mile loop, level, handicap accessibleLonger hike: Avalanche Lake Trail begins at the Avalanche Gorge Bridge, 2 miles one-way to Avalanche Lake.Elevation gain 500 feet. The cedar-hemlock ecosystem encountered on this trail is an unusual one for Glacier Park. Only along the McDonald drainage between 3,100-4,000 feet elevation is it moist enough for the profusion of ferns and lush plants that thrive on the forest floor, shaded by cottonwoods, cedars, hemlock, and birch. Again, knowledgeable Melanie of Sundance RV Park alerted us that Avalanche Creek Gorge was something special, even for Glacier. ...Read More

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Trail of the Cedars

Glacier National Park, Montana
(406) 888-7800

Apgar Visitor Center

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Attraction | "Apgar Village"

Apgar Visitor Center Photo, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Our first day in Glacier National Park. We settled in at the campground and then drove into the park, to Apgar Village. Found a parking place, got out of the car, and I could almost feel the lake pulling me. While my husband Bob dawdled, checking out gift shops and historical buildings, I headed straight for the lake. The village sits at the "foot" of Lake McDonald, a couple of miles in from the west entrance. Landscape and geology: White puffy clouds reflected in the calm waters of this elongated glacial lake. A slight haze in the air blurred far mountain peaks and softened their jagged edges. What struck me when I was right at the water’s edge, was the lake’s clean, pebbled, and very col...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2007

Apgar Visitor Center

Glacier National Park, Montana

Polebridge

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Story/Tip

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Just getting to Polebridge is an adventure. There are two ways to get there from West Glacier: the Outside North Fork Road, or the Inside North Fork Road. They roughly parallel one another, on either side of the North Fork of the Flathead River, which forms much of the western boundary of Glacier Park. Inside North Fork Road is all dirt/gravel and frequently closed. Outside North Fork Road, originating in Columbia Falls, is the "better" one; portions of it are even paved. Save don't pave: I was to learn in Polebridge that most North Fork folks do not want the unpaved parts of their access road paved, and for good reasons. The North Fork Preservation Association (...Read More
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The 52-mile long Going-to-the-Sun Road bisecting Glacier Park is rightfully famous. Brainchild of park superintendent William Logan, serious construction on this road between west and east Glacier began in 1921. Eleven years later (1932), the last portions of the road were completed and it was opened to the public. Its construction was a remarkable feat. It crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, 6646 feet elevation, in one of the most highly scenic and extremely rugged segments of the Rocky Mountains, known as the Rocky Mountain Front. The road that traverses the Crown of the Continent is officially designated as a National Historic Landmark, National Historic Civil Engineeri...Read More