This past June, my wife Joann and I were blessed with the opportunity to go as volunteers with a Christian ministry to the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. While we were there we met many wonderful people and developed some new friendships. As time permitted, we explored the region, including Glacier National Park. We drove the Going-to-the-Sun Road more than once and did several short hikes. We were very fortunate, as they had just finished plowing and had opened the entire length of the road only five days before we arrived.
Naturally, we took lots and lots of pictures. It’ll probably take three or four posts to cover everything. This first post focuses mostly on our drive and is more of a photo journal than a narrative.
In this first picture, Joann is standing in the foreground of Saint Mary Lake. That’s Fusillade Mountain, way in the distance, covered with snow.
More shots of Saint Mary Lake. The mountains running along the left side of the lake, in order, are Mahtotopa, Little Chief, and Citadel Mountains. In the center of the first image, near the top of the treeline, you can just barely see tiny Wild Goose Island.
I’m not sure which mountain this is, but I really like this picture. It’s one of my favorites.
Every passing mile along our drive brought one awesome view after another. We stopped frequently to take pictures and to enjoy the scenery.
As we approached Logan Pass from the east, we came to Lunch Creek, which cascades down to the roadway. There is an unofficial climbers trail here that leads to the saddle between Piegan and Pollock Mountains.
Here, we’re entering the Logan Pass Visitor Center parking area. At 6,646 feet, Logan Pass is the highest point along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
While at Logan Pass, we attempted to hike to the Hidden Lake Overlook on the Nature Trail but turned around after a few minutes. I didn’t have my sunglasses with me and the glare coming off the snow was hurting my eyes and giving me a headache. That’s Clements Mountain behind Joann.
The rock wall to the north side of the road was very sheer and jagged. The road in places was narrow, with little clearance.
If I’m not mistaken, that is McDonald Creek far below the road, running along the base of the mountains. McDonald Creek flows into Lake McDonald and then empties into the Middle Fork Flathead River.
This is Weeping Wall. The water is fed by snow melt and seasonal runoff. Weeping Wall is located about three miles west of Logan Pass.
Here, Glacier’s famous Red Buses are passing Alder Creek Falls.
This is a close-up of Alder Creek Falls taken from near the base
From this spot, we had panoramic views of distant snow capped mountains
I couldn’t quite figure out where exactly these pictures were taken. I do know though that it was between Alder Creek and Logan Pass. The water flowing down to the road in the first image may just be seasonal runoff and not a regular waterfall, but I’m not sure.
Later in the day we drove through the village of East Glacier Park. This is a picture of the historic lodge located there. The lodge was built in 1913 by a subsidiary of Great Northern Railway.
Many times in life, things fail to live up to expectations and you’re left feeling let down. As for Glacier National Park and the Going-to-the-Sun Road, they were at least as awesome as I had imagined. I jokingly told my wife and kids (well at least half-jokingly), that I was going to get a seasonal job next year and live there for the summer.