On our way down from Alaska, we decided to drive inland toward Alberta, to visit a friend in Edmonton, then south down through the Northern Rockies, hitting up Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. The goal was to experience the majesty of 3 National Parks by visiting Glacier National Park Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons.
Glacier National Park is Magnificent
Neither of us had ever been to Glacier National Park before, and we took a whole day to explore. And while there are few Glaciers left in the park, driving the Sun Road is a stunning experience. The magnificence of many national parks are hidden behind miles of hiking and back country, but not so at Glacier. The conservationists of the park were ambitious enough to carve a road straight through the mountains, etching it into the mountain pass’s steep cliffs.
If you are exploring with children, elderly, or only moderately fit, like us, this is a breath-taking experience that can be appreciated at any skill or fitness level. At the top of the pass between East and West sides of the park, Logan Pass, there is a magnificent hike up to Hidden Lake, which hangs in a glacier valley above steep downward cliffs on all sides.
Late fall is the best time to go
It was late fall, so most of the snow had melted, and we enjoyed a 70 degree day of hiking in the sun. This hike definitely optimized epic per effort ratio. Every step had breathtaking views in an ever changing landscape. The lake at the top is definitely worth the hike up, but even partial journeys fill the soul with awe.
While it was high elevation, there were boardwalks all the way up the mountain, so it was pretty easy terrain. We were passed many times by people in their 60’s and 70’s. We hope we keep trekking at that age.
I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
We would love to know more beautiful places to visit. If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments section below!