Glacier National Park

On August 28th, we flew back to Bellingham from Anchorage and stayed with our friends for two nights. Then we drove down to Woodland, WA to pick up the RV at Dave and LJ’s after it had a major renovation with all new furniture in the front cabin. What a different it is so spacious now and we love sitting in our recliner chairs and watching TV. I flew down to San Diego to watch the grandkids for a week and Bob came down later. We celebrated Eric’s 40th birthday together on September 17th and then we flew back to Junction City, OR to the RV. Our next stop was Glacier National Park, staying at the West Glacier KOA. We arrived here on September 25th and are staying for two weeks, until October 4th.

Going-to-the-Sun Road and Hidden Lake Trail

The iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road completed in 1932, is 50 miles long and spans the width of the Park between the east and west entrances. The road is named after Going-to-the-Sun Mountain which dominates the eastbound view beyond Logan Pass. We love driving the road and stopping to get photos of the surrounding peaks. today we hiked to Hidden Lake from the Logan Pass parking lot. The trail is 5.4 miles R/T and is a very popular trail to hike as there is a boardwalk most of the way. The views are outstanding, the Alpine meadows offer different colors and flowers from spring to fall, and the lake view is worth the walk. Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading

Two Medicine Hike, Glacier NP

We woke up to rain today, which is a blessing because of the forest fires in this Park. The Going-to-the-Sun road is still closed due to the Reynolds Creek fire. We decided to go to the Two Medicine Lake area of the Park in the southeastern section of the Park. All the way there it rained but when we arrived at the Lake the weather was beginning to improve, so I booked us on the 1pm tour boat of Two Medicine Lake. We were able to stay inside the lodge while we waited for the boat to keep warm eating our lunch. We boarded the tour boat called Sinapoh, which is the name of the prominent mountain that rises above Two Medicine Lake.

Two Medicine Hike-6Our guide on the Sinapoh was very knowledgable, and we learned that the mountains of the Two Medicine area were known as the “Backbone of the World” to the Blackfeet Indians, who used the area for vision quests as well as hunting and gathering. From the boat we had awe-inspiring views of the towering spires and sheer cliff walls at the lake’s edge. Mount Sinopah stood out at the end of the Lake and Rising Wolf Mountain rises dramatically above the Two Medicine Lake to the south. The Blackfeet consider the Two Medicine region of the Park to be sacred ground and their name for this peak means “The way the wolf gets up”. This mountain is part of the Lewis Overthrust which is a geologic thrust fault structure of the Rocky Mountains unique to Glacier and Waterton National Parks. They are the oldest rocks in the Rocky Mt. A group from the boat walked with the guide to Twin Falls, passing through an area thick with ferns, thimbleberries and huckleberries. About 3/4 mile up the trail the 7620-foot Pumpbelly Pillar comes into view, the glacially carved, cone-shaped Rock is named after Raphael Pumpbelly, a leader of the Northern Transcontinental Railway Survey party in 1883. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading