Swiftcurrent Lookout Early 2015

I’ve been having a lot of emails asking about current conditions in Glacier National Park. I had a free day to sneak up into Glacier. I decided to get into some high country and hiked to Swiftcurrent Lookout. The day started out as a perfect bluebird day. I drove up to the Loop, parked and[…]

Climbing Mt. Gould 2014

Grinnell Glacier Basin

Most of Glacier National Park’s visitors are familiar with the Garden Wall. Mt. Gould is the highest point along this particular stretch of alpine spine that dominates the skyline as the Highline Trail traverses it and cars cling to the cliffy edge as they head up towards Logan Pass. Climbers frequent the wall’s peaks for[…]

In Search of Ptarmigans on Piegan Pass

All across the alpine landscape of Glacier National Park, a high elevation grouse hides in plain site. After hiking all across Glacier I’d only seen a couple White-tailed Ptarmigans. Coincidentally, the couple that I’d seen were at Piegan Pass which was exactly where my buddy, Cory DeStein wanted to go. Cory had hiked with me[…]

Swiftcurrent Lookout 2013

Mt. Wilbur

After a hiatus of a couple of weeks and July in our rear view mirror, my wife and I were able to get out. She had never been to Swiftcurrent Lookout and we had some time constraints, so we went up via the Loop Trail. We got an earlier start so we were up in[…]

Swiftcurrent Pass and Lookout Revisited – August 2012

Swiftcurrent Pass & Swiftcurrent Lookout

When I went to hike up to Swiftcurrent Lookout as part of my project to hike all 734 miles of trail in Glacier National Park in the summer of 2011, I had the misfortune of having bad weather so I didn’t get to catch it in all of its majesty. In my blog, I said[…]

Swiftcurrent Pass and Swiftcurrent Lookout

Swiftcurrent Lookout & Swiftcurrent Pass

For a sunny day version of this trip, click here. The trip up and over Swiftcurrent Pass from Granite Park Chalet to the Swiftcurrent Inn in the Many Glacier valley (with a side trip up to the Swiftcurrent Lookout) is rich with views and wildlife. Unfortunately for this trip, I experienced limited views and limited[…]

Crossing 600

I’m soooo close now! I finally crossed 600 and am super thankful for the great weather. I got a bit of snow going up to Swiftcurrent Lookout and over Swiftcurrent Pass down to Many Glacier and then back up, but that’s the exception. Thanks for all of your kind words and prayers along the way.[…]