We stopped to take in the view before wandering through the Trail of the Cedars in Glacier. This river was so quiet and peaceful below one of the many beautiful mountains in the park and during a busy family trip it was a moment of calm.
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We were hiking in Glacier, after the ranger told us we could do it without snowshoes (never again!) and we got tired, so stopped to just look around. Next thing I know, the boyfriend built a mini snowman and got excited about pictures. I'll always remember the snowman photo shoot.
Honestly, one could have a picnic ANYWHERE in Glacier National Park and call it "perfect". A Montanan not even 4 years, I have already explored this gem 5 times! Glacier is an absolute MUST for any travelers who find themselves in Big Sky Country.
Lake McDonald set the backdrop for a picnic lunch on my very first trip to GNP. Perhaps that is why I favor this location in particular.
Soon after passing the West Glacier Entrance, Lake McDonald welcomes you with pristine water surrounded by mountains. You notice that the sky looks like it goes on forever. And you find yourself wishing that this moment in time could do the same...
There sits Glacier National Park in her hidden beauty, just beyond the reach of the caravans and crazy nature paparazzi of Yellowstone. Glacier offers reprieve from the hectic park scenes of both Yellowstone and Yosemite, but it boasts equally amazing landscapes and opportunities to view critters. Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road that squeak past sheer rock or get out and go for a hike.
Grizzly bears do roam Glacier National Park, but they usually steer clear of humans. We stumbled upon one by pure luck. Go where people aren't tromping around, keep your eyes peeled, and see what emerges in this beautiful, preserved part of the U.S. landscape.
Getting Out of the Car and Onto the Avalanche Trail
In between rapids along the Flathead River, our whitewater rafting guide Nick asks our group of nine to guess what percentage of visitors to nearby Glacier National Park actually venture beyond 200 yards of their car during their stay. I guess 50%. My wife says 60%. “96%”, he proclaims . . . much to our amazement.
Whether he's 100% accurate or not, I find this figure especially hard to believe considering just the day before, I felt like I was sharing one of the park’s most popular hikes, the Avalanche Trail, with half of Montana’s population! It was so crowded (for hiking standards) when we set out on the 4.7 mile loop, that I told my wife and kids that we were on the Disney Trail, and that we should have gotten a Fast Pass! So I guess the increase in gasoline prices isn’t exactly keeping people from “road tripping” and heading out in their cars to visit our nation’s most prized treasures, even if only taking them in through the windshield.