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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The Colorado Hike that Started it All

Welcome to Ice Lakes near Silverton, Colorado

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Ice Lakes is a 7 mile round trip hike that climbs 1600 feet within the first 2 miles, with the highest elevation point reaching 12,270 feet.
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The trail is a beautiful trek that winds in and out of lush forests and beautiful meadows – replete with wildflowers and gorgeous views. It ultimately leads above the tree line to a gorgeous turquoise blue lake. (These pictures are not re-touched at all. That is the actual color of the lake. A simply spectacular site!) It was here that I first realized there is something magical about Colorado.

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Our tent, having the perfect view (as evidenced by the first picture) was the lone tent as far as our eyes could see. In the middle of the night it became perfectly clear why we were the only ones camping overnight. With frozen toes and uncontrollable shivering, in spite of proper clothing, we unzipped the tent and soon learned part of the lake was frozen over! Ahh, the name Ice Lake became as crystal clear as the water.

I highly recommend doing this hike late May through the first week of August. Otherwise, you might lose a toe or two. 🙂