Blogs from Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, United States, North America

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Hiked to Grinnell Lake this morning. Decent length , 3.6 miles (one way)but fairly flat. Quite windy again today. Saw a moose! Also hiked to Red Rock Falls (1.9 miles one way) a bit uphill. And yes, the rocks are red.... read more
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So I'm catching up...been offline for almost three days. The Many Glacier area is just the place to do that. NO cell reception and the Many Glacier Hotel only had WiFi in the lobby, but it was slower than dial-up. Weird but good to be unplugged for a few days. The hotel is old and charming, but a little on the noisy side. Squeaky floors and you can definitely hear your neighbors. But luckily most people quiet down by 10pm. It's right on the Swiftcurrent lake where you can easily spot moose. We also saw mountain goats up on the hill and some bears. We hiked Apikuni Falls on the way to the hotel, short hike but pretty much straight up. Had a very close encounter with a black bear, which we watched for about 20 ... read more
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Idaho for Montana at 8 AM. Crystal clear blue skies and temp was 53 degrees. Nice Entered Glacier Park at the west gate and was immediately greeted by a beautiful lake. Took 3 hours to get through the park on "The road to the sun" and was so close to many waterfalls while riding that you can actually reach out and touch them. One of the most spectacular national parks. May pics Out of the park at the East gate and to hwy 89 south to hook back up to 2 east. 89 South has more curves and I mean tight curves in 35 miles than the Dragon in Tennesee. Took 2 east and temps got up to 90 so drank lots of water. 2 East is a road I have never ridden before. I like ... read more
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Day five Well we found out that National Park lodges are not designed for sleeping, but are really neat to look at. But, we didn't come to sleep, so onward we go. Got on the road by 9am and headed back up to Logan Pass. It was a bit overcast but still beautiful! Killer beautiful! This is the most beautiful place we've ever been as far as scenery goes. Just amazing! Unfortunately, Logan Pass was a zoo, and we couldn't find a parking spot so we proceeded to find a more remote area to gaze around. No wildlife sightings other than the occasional Columbian ground squirrel, but the scenery was good (I'd say "killer" but already said that earlier). We then headed to our days destination at the Many Glacier Lodge on the Swiftcurrent Lake. Another ... read more
Jackson Glacier
Deer
Sunset on Swiftcurrent Lake


On our way to Canada, we drove around Glacier National Park one last time and northward up the eastern edge. One tip was a salt lick near a bridge at a Route 2 turnoff along the southern border of the park where mountain goats could be viewed. We did see one walking on a bluff in the distance but there was a better photo opportunity right above the turnoff itself over the highway. We had also heard that we shouldn’t miss Many Glaciers, an area in the northeastern side of the park, so we made a point to stop and walk through the valley of the Swiftriver Current Pass. Two off-duty women rangers recommended this hike to us a few days earlier when we met them on the Two Medicine Lake trail. The Swiftcurrent Pass is ... read more
Swiftcurrent Lake
Mountain Goat above Route 2
Mountain Goat Salt Lick


Ostensibly, this trip was organized around the idea of being at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park for the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. About 20 years ago, we were here with the kids for that annual event, and it was a magical moment lying on the shore of the lake and watching 1-2 meters per minute pass overhead. But I always recognized that meteorological events might interfere with the metro viewing, and the more controllable goal (but not discussed) was the completion of the hike up to Grinnell Glacier. We made this with the children 21 years ago and the view from the top was unbelievable. Three years ago, when we were here with our wonderful friend Jan Henry, the upper portion of the trail was closed by snowpack, and I am not sure ... read more
Jennie on trail to Grinnell Glacier
Lucie and Chuck coming through waterfall
Lower Grinnell Lake


We met with my sister in the morning, and decided to take the boat tour down the lake. Lower Waterton Lake lies south of the Prince of Wales Hotel and over the course of some nine miles extends into the United States. Waterton Lakes (Canada) and Glacier (United States) actually form together the first of what is now several international peace parks in areas where ecological and geological systems cross international borders. The park here, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was dedicated by the two countries on July 4, 1932. You can take a boat down the lake from the town of Waterton to Goat Haunt, Montana, and if your credentials are okay you can disembark and hike out from there. The 32 mile hike to the next vestige of civilization did not beckon to us, ... read more
Lower Waterton Lake from boat 1
Citadel Peak and lake from boat
International boundary


It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man (that’s Jon) is snoring! For 12 days we’ve had sunny weather and this is our first real bit of rain on the trip. Dare I even say we even kinda missed it?!?!!? We started the day with an interesting breakfast at our B&B. A goat’s cheese quiche and some sausage links courtesy of Sierra our host. We’ve now arrived in the part of the world where people name their children Sierra, Rainbow, Tempest, etc. This happened further east than I was expecting but what do I know. Maybe the trend is spreading? If we conceive a child here, we’ll be sure to incorporate the trend into it’s name - Jon Guns-&-Ammo Myatt sounds about right. Today we’ve got about a 6 hour drive ahead of us as we venture ... read more
Going-to-the-Sun Road
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It was an early start as we headed into the heart of Glacier. Mark, Jess and some of the others were dropped off at the visitor centre for the start of the longest hike in the Park, whilst Scott, Kylie, Steve, Annabel and I were taken a few miles further for the Gillam Glacier hike. Todd dropped us off and we were quickly left on our own to take on the hike. So we set off straight away, crossing a small wooden bridge over a small creek almost straight away before reaching the edge of a lake. To the left on the far side of the lake from us was a pretty awesome looking hotel, which offers boat rides across to the other side of the lake to join the hike we were doing. We clear ... read more


Sadly we left Banff behind to head to our next destination. Somehow I felt that I would return to that wonderful town and take it all in again. Til then, we headed onto Glacier National Park, which meant we were back in the United States of America. The time we spent in Canada flew by, like some of this Tour, but I was continuing to have the time of my live. On the way to Glacier, having just crossed the border, we stopped off for lunch and a quick walk around Head-Smashed-in buffalo jump. Well I say walk around, because that’s what the others did. I on the other hand, hung around outside the visitors centre and called home. Speaking to mum, she told me all about Grace and the labour, and how small and beautiful ... read more




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