Friday, September 7, 2012

hiking Glacier

view from campsite early a.m.

We woke up this morning to 29 degrees in the campground. Luckily our propane heater kept us warm all night. There are no hookups here in the NPS campground - but we can run a generator at specific times. We hurry to download pictures and charge up everything like laptops and camera batteries during that time.

All I can say is thank goodness for digital cameras and memory cards! Every day we both take lots of pictures. Some are identical, some are different. Every night we download our pictures - how many did you take? It is usually close - today I took 217, he took 204 - dueling cameras.

Today instead of scenic drives, we opted to see the park on foot, choosing two hiking trails starting at Logan Pass.

Hidden Lake Trail boardwalk

Hidden Lake Trail - see snow measuring sticks?

Hidden Lake

Hidden Lake Trail - 3 miles round trip - a very popular trail starting out on a wooden boardwalk up the mountain - to protect the land and prevent erosion. The high mountain meadow was covered in wildflowers and had a few resident marmots. When you stand and point, people will stop and look, and we did stop - there we saw white mountain goats up on a high ledge.

Highline Trail - walking on the edge

Highline Trail views

Highline Trail

Highline Trail - it goes forever, but we went about 5 miles round trip. At 7.6 miles is a chalet you can hike to, but must have reservations (kind of like Mt. LeConte in the Smokies). Literally walking on the edge of a cliff, looking down at the highway below. A mountain goat must have made this trail. For a little way there was a cable to hold onto. I loved this trail! It was fairly level all the way, a few ups and downs, but went around the edge of several mountains. Ran into a big-horn sheep on this trail!

picture album HERE

Wild West Road Trip - day 13
miles today 36/total miles 3018
St. Mary Campground
Glacier National Park, MT
temp lo 29/hi 68
elevation 6647 at Logan Pass

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