Janet & Steve's Sunshine Tour 08 travel blog

Avalanche Creek is cold, but its color is incredibly beautiful.

Birdwoman Falls plunges down the mountain, under the road, and down.....

Logan Pass is 6646 feet above sea level along Going To the...

There are so many mountain peaks in Glacier National Park.

Jackson Glacier can only be seen from a distant spot on Going...

The rough mountains don't look real, but there are plenty of them...

St. Mary's Lake is smaller than McDonald. The color of the water...

Wild Goose Island has a few trees on it.

St. Mary's Lake, Wild Goose Island, a bunch of rugged mountains, and...

I think these are the same mountains, but the picture was taken...


Our first trip along Going To the Sun Highway was full of surprises. It starts out as a lovely drive along McDonald Lake, then winds along beside Avalanche Creek. Slowly, it curves upward until Avalanche Creek is a ribbon in the distance below and makes a hairpin turn and gets steep all of a sudden. The road climbs and winds steadily past waterfalls and through a tunnel. At Logan Pass, the terrain changes completely. Instead of huge rocky walls and plunging roadsides, there is a carpet of green grass and wildflowers all over the place. Most days, there is a half-hour wait for a parking place. From that lot, there are hiking trails and overlooks, not to mention the only rest rooms for miles and miles. Down the road we stopped to take a picture of one of 26 remaining glaciers in the Park, Jackson Glacier. We stopped at a few overlooks for St. Mary's Lake. This week, we plan to return to that area and hike to St. Mary's Falls. Right after the end of the lake, Going To the Sun Highway drops dramatically to lower elevations, the village of St. Mary's, and another entrance to Glacier National Park. To return to our campground, we have to go back the way we came in, some 58 miles, or keep going out of the Park and around the long way through US 89 and 2. All this, and we still have only seen a small part of the Park!



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