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Jul 31, 2015 - Highline Trail

Friday was out last day in the park. Going to the Sun Road had opened to Logan Pass and the Highline Trail was now open, so we were excited to be able to do this hike. We arrived at the Loop shortly after 7, planning to take the shuttle to Logan Pass and hike back to the cars. Unfortunately, most of the shuttles were full or had limited seating. We got four people on a shuttle, then drove the rest of us in the van to Logan Pass. After getting our stuff together, we set off on our hike. Highline Trail is certainly one of the most spectacular...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Sperry Chalet

Thursday morning, most of the group woke up and left at 5 to hike the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail, but I wasn’t feeling great and wanted to sleep in a bit. So Sandy and I headed to McDonald Lodge a little later in the morning to hike to Sperry Chalet. We parked at the lodge and started our hike around 930. Before we left the parking lot, we met an older gentleman named Jack, who was also hiking up to Sperry Chalet. He joined us for our hike and we enjoyed talking with him along the trail. Good conversation made the rather steep trail a little...

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Jul 29, 2015 - Two Medicine

Wednesday, we left the house a little later. We were only driving to Two Medicine and our boat ride wasn’t until 1030. Unfortunately, there was construction on US-2 just before East Glacier that slowed things down, but we made it to Two Medicine in time. At 1030, we set off across the lake. The mountains surrounding the lake were beautiful and a ranger accompanied the tour to give us some information about the natural history of the area. At the other side of the lake, we set off on our hike. We started by hiking about a mile to Twin Falls....

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Jul 28, 2015 - Grinnell Glacier

Tuesday, we had another long drive to Many Glacier. Along the way, we stopped at Goat Lick Overlook to see the mountain goats. We could see three, but they were too far away for a good picture. Then we continued the rest of the way to Many Glacier and first stopped at the trailhead for Apikuni Falls. This was our warm-up hike. It’s less than a mile to the waterfall, but fairly steep. The trail follows Apikuni Creek upstream to the falls. The waterfall is nearly 150 feet and really beautiful. We could even see a small rainbow near the base....

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Jul 28, 2015 - Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is located in the U.S. state of Montana, on the Canada–United States border with the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Part of the park is closed due to wild fires however we still managed to visit some beautiful sections including Many Glacier, Two Medicine, the Going to the Sun Road up to Logan's Pass. One of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park is a drive on the Going to the Sun Road. This engineering marvel spans 50 miles through the park's wild interior, winding around...

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Jul 27, 2015 - Avalanche Lake

We slept in a bit in the morning and headed out in the late morning for a shorter drive. We headed into the park from the West Glacier side and drove Going to the Sun Road to Avalanche Creek Trailhead. As we’d gotten a late start, the parking lot was full and we had to drive another mile up the road to park. I headed down to McDonald Creek and got some pictures here. Then we walked the road to the trailhead and started off on Trail of the Cedars through a forest wide some immense trees. Then we got on Avalanche Creek Trail and started...

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Jul 26, 2015 - Ptarmigan Tunnel & Iceberg Lake

Sunday morning, we woke up very early and left the house at around 630. It was a long drive over to the Many Glacier area of the park. The Going to the Sun Road was closed due to the Reynolds Creek Fire, so we drove US-2 around the park and then headed north. We arrived at Many Glacier around 930 and started our hike on the Ptarmigan/Iceberg Lake Trail. The trail starts along an open area with fantastic views of the glacier-carved mountains all around. The sky was cloudy and many of the mountain peaks were hidden by clouds. In about 3...

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Jul 17, 2015 - A good day for Eyeore

Friday July 17, 2015 Miserable rainy day in East Glacier. Drove to Many Glacier and hung out at the lodge around their really big fireplace in the round. The logs they burn are 5 feet long. There is a guy dressed up in a traditional Swiss costume (I bet he just loves that) who comes around with a huge steel pole to place a new log every now and then. The scenery looks to be fantastic, but we just did not get the opportunity to see it.

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Jul 16, 2015 - Two Medicine Lake

Thursday July 16, 2015 Travel to 2 Medicine. Hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake with a ranger. On the way back it turned rainy and gloomy for good. What we learned today: Moose can dive 25 feet down to the bottom of a lake and stay there for three minutes.

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Jul 14, 2015 - Two Medicine Valley

Nine days of experiencing Glacier National Park... We've never spent this much time in one national park before but, we drove a long way to get here and it is so beautiful. Our last day was actually only a morning in the Two Medicine Valley. Most people don't travel to this area of the national park which is in the southeast section. We had to drive an hour each way on a twisting mountain road to get to it. But the colors of the scenery and majesty of the mountains were well worth the effort that we made. We didn't do any real hiking as we...

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Jul 12, 2015 - A Wonderful Day in Many Glaciers

On Saturday we drove around Glacier National Park to the east side near St. Mary. St. Mary is located at the eastern end of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The drive was a lot easier than we thought it would be. We crossed the Continental Divide at a pass called Marias. This is a famous pass because a railroad could be built through the Rockies in this pass. If Lewis and Clark had known about it, they would have shortened their trip and reduced their labors. After setting ourselves up at our campsite, we drove into the park and stopped at the...

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Jul 10, 2015 - Whitefish and Johns Lake Loop Hike

We had a nice time in Whitefish. It was a pleasant break from all the hiking in the national park. We enjoyed coffee and a scone at Montana Coffee Roasters, spent some money at a gift shop and bookstore and had a great lunch. Penny had many adoring fans pet her while we sipped on our coffee. People who miss their dogs love to pet her too. Today we went on our last hike on this side of the national park. It was only 2.4 miles and included going around a small lake, Johns Lake, walking through dense woods and to see Sacred Dancing Cascade...

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