Easter Weekend 2013

I’m getting antsy for hiking with all of the beautiful weather we’ve been having so my wife and I headed up to Glacier National Park again on Saturday of Easter weekend. While we didn’t see anything big (although we did see wolf, bear and moose tracks) we saw lots of beautiful scenery and loads of[…]

Glacier National Park Three-Day Trips

You’re getting excited about heading out to Glacier National Park for that sweet three day/two night backpacking trip and you look at the map and see 734 miles of trail and 65 campsites. What to do?! Here are a bunch of my picks in video form with me walking you all over the map. There[…]

Cue the Eagle

Being involved with Citizen Science and such, I find out about cool ways to help out the NPS and USGS scientists learn more about the animals and ecology of Glacier National Park. Migrations are happening from late summer on. Many raptors really start showing up here around the middle of October. If you happen to[…]

Lincoln Lake

Lincoln Lake

Right off of Going to the Sun Road next to Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Lincoln Lake trailhead starts and heads up Snyder Ridge in a hurry. It doesn’t offer much in views except little pockets where you’ll get small views of the lake or some surrounding mountains. It starts out in the characteristic[…]

Trout Lake

Trout Lake trip

In the drainage just north of Lake McDonald lies the Camas Creek drainage. I’ve titled this as Trout Lake as this is the most famous feature in the area and the name of the trailhead that is the most popular way to access this remote and infamous* area of Glacier National Park. From the trailhead,[…]

Gunsight Pass

The trail from Jackson Glacier Overlook in the St. Mary Valley over the Continental Divide at Gunsight Pass to Lake McDonald Lodge offers an amazing trip with a bunch of extras including Sperry Glacier, Sperry Chalet, Lake Ellen Wilson and Florence Falls. I got a bit of a late start after taking the shuttle service[…]

Mt Brown Lookout

Lake McDonald

Mt. Brown is located at the head of Lake McDonald and the lookout gives you fantastic views of the lake and the surrounding valley which is towered by inspiring mountain walls. The hike starts across the road from the historic Lake McDonald Lodge and breaks off from the trail that leads to the Sperry Chalet.[…]

Howe Ridge Trail

Mosquito Pond

Howe Ridge Trail runs from the Fish Creek area to the Trout Lake Trailhead along the west shore of Lake McDonald in Glacier. Both ends of the trail are well maintained, however, there is a 6 mile stretch that requires some serious route-finding. My friend Philip Granrud joined me on this one and braved the[…]

Snyder Ridge

Snyder Ridge Trail

The Snyder Ridge Trail starts near the Apgar Village on the east side of Lake McDonald with a humble trailhead and runs along the eastern shore parallel to Lake McDonald. The trail crosses the Lincoln Lake trail and eventually intersects the Sperry/Gunsight trail and empties at Lake McDonald Lodge. Trail starts out gaining elevation where[…]