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


Because of the Covid problems in the Indian community our hotel served pre-packaged breakfast for us to take. We had scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuit, fried potatoes, juice and coffee, bagel, cream cheese or butter, and breakfast bar. I was impressed at how they handled the breakfast. Many hotels would have just cancelled doing any kind of breakfast. East Glacier is on the east side of Glacier N.P. Close to the St Mary Visitor Center. This year several national parks are requiring vehicle passes (in addition to your visitors pass) to get into the parks. They are doing this to control the amount or traffic and people I. The cost is only $2.00 however if you didn’t get a reservation 60 days before your day to enter the park you couldn’t get a vehicle pass. They did ... read more

Sunday was a driving day to get from Gardiner to Glacier. Our goal was to make a couple stops for supplies and enjoy the sights along the way. We’ve all decided that while our pictures are good they just don’t really capture the scenery as we see it. We’re each so grateful that we are able to make this trip and see it all in person!! As we’re driving along we have lots of discussions and solve all the world’s problems. Top of the list is Covid and what we can do to avoid becoming infected. In the beginning, we were the only people wearing masks but as we’ve traveled west and north many more are masking up. It is required in all National parks buildings. When we arrived at our cottage for the night if ... read more

We spent a few days recently visiting Glacier National Park and we were left speechless. We have visited many national parks but from a scenic perspective, this one has to be near the top. From the visitor centers to the McDonald Lodge to the Road-to-the-Sun drive, the views will leave you speechless. Just a note, if you are timid in the least and don’t like narrow winding roads with minimal clearance, you might want to leave the driving to the free shuttle bus or reserve a space in the red bus line that takes you through the park in a 1930’s vintage bus.... read more

Last day! Had to get one more "leg day" in. Hiked up to the Apgar Lookout. About 3.5 miles up, elevation gain 1948ft. Steady uphill climb. Great views of mountians in the distance and of Lake McDonald. We have had a great time here. Weather has been perfect (38 this morning but hitting about 67 this afternoon). Not looking forward to the 90s back in Hot-lanta, but ready to be home. Oh yeah, bear spray, not used, $50. (more than about two good bottles of wine) and we gave it away to someone other hikers - our good deed for the week!... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Glacier National Park September 14th 2018

Drove up to Bowman Lake today. About 30 miles on unpaved roads - I still feel like I'm bumping along. Hiked along the lake for a bit. Stopped at the Polebridge Mercantile and found that they make the most amazing bakery items - huckleberry bear claw for me and a poppyseed chocolate chips Danish for Russ. Last day is tomorrow. Hoping to find one last great hike.... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Glacier National Park September 12th 2018

In case you are looking for places to eat while in Glacier National Park here are the places we went: 1) Waterton - Prince of Wales hotel dining room. You don't need to be a hotel guest to dine there. The food was good. We did have the best pancakes ever, so try those. 2) Waterton - Lakeside Chophouse. Ate there twice. Nice selection of local beers. Bison Reuben was yummy. Also had spaghetti with a white truffle cream sauce and short ribs, both were delicious. 3) St Mary Lodge dining room - looked basic, but had good fish tacos and bison meatloaf 4) Many Glacier hotel dining room - great cocktails and HUGE desserts 5) West Glacier - Glacier Highlands restaurant. Another place with a good selection of local beer and wonderful pies! Chocolate banana ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Glacier National Park September 11th 2018

Drove an hour back east from Apgar to the Two Medicine area. Hiked up to Cobalt Lake, passing Aster falls and Rockwell falls. 11.4 miles round-trip. A bit of an incline in areas but not as bad as Crypt Falls in Waterton. Both falls are large with many Cascades and tiers. You can climb up along the sides of both to the top. Again, amazing views. Cool weather, only hitting about 60 as the high. Cloudy today too. Saw a moose about 15 feet off the trail. Oh, the chipmunks are not timid. ... read more

We stayed one night at the Village Inn at Apgar. Very cute, decorated retro 1960s. Right on Lake McDonald. You can see in the picture on the left and towards the center some of the smoke plumes from the fires. All hiking in the Lake McDonald area is still closed. We are hopeful that by the end of our trip we might get in there. We are now staying at the Cedar Creek Lodge in Columbia Falls. After a full week of small rooms, double beds and cruise-ship sized showers, this room seems HUGE. Two queens and a full shower/tub. You have to sacrifice charm for modern amenities. Oh the things we get used to in our daily lives. It is nice that there is onsite laundry because after a week of hiking my suitcase is ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Glacier National Park September 10th 2018

Today we hiked to Iceberg Lake (4.8 miles one way). It starts off fairly steep but then levels off to a gradual incline. The lake is just beautiful - all colors of blue. We got a bit of sun while there which was lucky because the clouds rolled in on our way back. After that we headed to the Apgar area of the park on Lake McDonald. (2 hour drive)... read more

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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