Category: Trip

  • The Clowny Ducks

    The Clowny Ducks

    “I’ve got two ducks” cracked the radio. “I’m on my way” I replied back to Ava. We were leapfrogging each other as we worked up McDonald Creek to always have eyes on the water as we surveyed up for this small, charismatic Harlequin Duck. Each spring, the ducks begin their unique west-to-east migration from the…

  • Apgar Lookout Spring 2024

    Apgar Lookout Spring 2024

    With the trail being on a south-facing slope, Apgar Lookout is the easiest way to get some elevation in Glacier National Park in the spring. The forecast called for a bluebird day, so we packed our lunches and hit the trail for a lovely spring warmup. Even if Going-to-the-Sun Road was open all the way…

  • Big Meadows, Granite Falls, and Haynach Lakes

    Big Meadows, Granite Falls, and Haynach Lakes

    The short hike to Big Meadows offers great birding, wonderful wildflowers, and a chance to see moose. Further on, the waters of Tonahutu Creek spill over the granite as the lovely Granite Falls. Further still, greater effort leads to the solitude of Haynach Lakes where a pristine lake full of trout sits below rugged mountains…

  • Big Prairie Ski 2024

    Big Prairie Ski 2024

    Crisp air, fresh snow and endless blue skies were the perfect excuse to head up to the North Fork area of Glacier National Park and ski up to Big Prairie for a lovely Valentine’s Day. This past summer I drove up the Inside North Fork Road towards Kintla Lake to do a survey for Glacier’s…

  • Avalanche Lake Hike on New Year’s Day 2024

    Avalanche Lake Hike on New Year’s Day 2024

    With a low snowpack to the start of our winter, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hike up to Avalanche Lake on the first day of 2024. We ended up with the gorgeous lake all to ourselves. With nobody else around, most all of the animals not making a peep, and snow to absorb…

  • Jewel Basin Hawk Watch 2023

    Jewel Basin Hawk Watch 2023

    As summer wanes in later August, my fellow bird nerds and I get excited for an annual event, raptor migration. Unlike many bird species that migrate at night, raptors such as hawks, eagles, and falcons, choose the day time along mountain ridges where they can ride currents and updrafts. This saves valuable energy as they…

  • North Inlet and Cascade Falls with Lake Nokoni and Lake Nanita

    North Inlet and Cascade Falls with Lake Nokoni and Lake Nanita

    Whether you’re looking for a lovely stroll through some meadows along a creek, a slightly longer hike to some cascades, or an epic day to two gorgeous alpine lake, the trail along North Inlet in Rocky Mountain National Park gives everyone a plethora of options. In 2019, I hiked all the way up to Lake…

  • Mirror Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park

    Mirror Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park

    Tucked in the remote northwest corner of Rocky Mountain National Park, it will take you just as long to drive to the trailhead as to hike to this stunning alpine lake. You’ll have to work a bit to get there and pass through the scar of the 2020 Cameron Creek Fire. While taking away the…

  • Piegan Pass with Cataract Mountain – Fall 2023

    Piegan Pass with Cataract Mountain – Fall 2023

    Forecast called for a sunny day and with the fall colors poppin’, the trail was calling. We hadn’t been to Piegan Pass for a bit and thought that we might climb Cataract Mountain if we had time/energy/desire. It turned out to be a glorious day of colors, birds, mammals, and views in Glacier National Park…