Saturday, September 7, 2013

Glacier National Park

Glacier is a great place for driving, hiking and boating. The "Going to the Sun Road" climbs over Logan Pass traversing 50 miles from West Glacier to St Mary with amazing views. It was built in the 1930's and is one of the most impressive mountain roads I've ever been on.

Here are some photos which might give an idea of the scale. 

From an overlook on the way up to Logan Pass.
They call this the "Garden Wall"
St Mary Lake on the east side of the mountains
Hidden Lake - a 1.5 mile hike from Logan Pass
The westbound direction is much better for the driver - it really feels like you are "going to the sun" when you travel westbound in the afternoon. I highly recommend you take this drive if you get a chance. I think early in the season (May/June) would be best because the waterfalls would be running strong and there would be snow on the mountains.

On the west side is Lake McDonald and some interesting waterfalls. 

Lake McDonald
McDonald Creek
We stayed in a very nice RV resort in West Glacier and they provided a full-sized BBQ with a patio set - one of the nicest KOA's we've ever been in. 

Our Patio site at West Glacier KOA
We also visited the Two Medicine and Many Glacier regions of Glacier NP (we saw a bear, see earlier post). Overall, it was a great visit to the "Crown of the Continent." 

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