The Best Of Glacier National Park

Let’s start with few words and several pictures, shall we?

This day hike was in Waterton, Canada. Still officially part of Glacier National Park. We missed the free shuttle that would have taken us to the top of the mountain, allowing us to have enjoyed a leisurely hike down into these lakes. But alas, we started at the bottom and hiked UP to Alderson and Carthew lakes. Upon climbing 7.5 miles and reaching the last lake we needed to turn around and hike right back down due to a storm rolling in. But it was a beautiful 15 mile hike.

The very next day we hiked from the border of Canada to Many Glaciers. We walked from Chief Mountain through the Belly River Valley to Elizabeth Lake, then up through Ptarmigan Tunnel and down into Many Glaciers. This 20 mile hike felt like another big milestone in my training. And a great learning hike too… like, always bring an extra pair of socks in case your feet happen to get wet; buy boots at least 1/2 size larger than you normally wear; pack moleskin (and something to cut it with!); and if you feel like you are walking on a sharp rock, stop, remove boots and socks, inspect carefully, and treat as needed. And finally, don’t wait until the end of hike to realize you allowed blisters to multiply and cover both your feet (I’ll spare you the gruesome pictures).

Cracker Lake; a 12.2 mile backpacking trip, isolated, and only 3 total campsites in the area. Captured some early morning pictures on this beautiful lake and as you can see it is hard to see where the land vs. water is with all the reflection.

There were only two people sharing the area with us, teachers from Minnesota. We enjoyed visiting with them and eating our freeze dried dinners before being driven back into our tents by rain and wind storms. The wind gusts were so strong that the top of our tent was literally smashed down on our faces a few times.

These next set of pictures were taken at Avalanche Lake, Two medicine Lakes to Oldman Lake, and Trick Falls/nature hike.

 

 

How does one possibly capture a trip to Glacier and do it justice? I think in this case pictures speak louder than words. So instead of more stories I will leave you with a few more pictures of my favorite place on the planet.

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10 thoughts on “The Best Of Glacier National Park

  1. Julie Craft

    I don’t know if you recall the auditorium slides I gave Josh, but they were all based on my grandfathers efforts on behalf of th YMCA to draw Canada (Waterton) and US (glacier) parks to symbolize unity. There was an article out of National Geographic about it also. Here the two of you are covering many more miles but some steps the same as your great grandparents!

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    1. Karen

      Thanks Dan. I need to catch up on some of your hiking stories! Hopefully Dee and I will get to show you and your wife around Flagstaff when you head this way again!
      I appreciate you reading and commenting on our posts !

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  2. Lovely photos! Loved seeing your Waterton/Canada photos as we were unable to make it there this trip. Cracker Lake looks gorgeous. I think we may have inadvertently started down that trail (is it also used as a stock trail?) while looking for Grinnell Lake trail. We were only there a short while, but I completely understand why you love this place so much!

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    1. Karen

      Yes, the first two miles of the trail is a heavily used stock trail. We headed out the morning after a heavy rain and tried to straddle the trail as much as possible to avoid the mud and horse muck . It was slick and occasionally a foot slipped and sunk in the mess. We also had to get off trail to let a line of 16 horseback riders pass. Even with all that the hike was completely worth it. Cracker Lake is one of those places you could just sit and stare at for days and still not get enough of it. Most of my favorite pictures from the trip were taken there.

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