Sometimes it’s easier to miss something that is right under your nose. I think that the trails in close proximity to the Apgar Village fit this description. I went from being surrounded by people to walking into the woods practically by myself. I saw bear, deer, wildflowers and a wide variety of birds without walking more than a mile from the Apgar Visitor’s center. This seemingly flat and mundane forest is perfect habitat for a bunch of animals and while it may not have the iconic views that Glacier is known for, it definitely has its creatures.
It took me two days to complete this section. The first day was the east side of McDonald Creek that comprised primarily of the bike trails, horse trails and a few of the hiking trails. I saw a black bear that I named Pete three times as I wandered around to get all of the trails. He had a nice white bib coloring on his chest and would run away any time he felt I was too close which was very comforting.
Day two brought me the second bear, but this guy was much smaller. At first I didn’t think it was a bear, so I got out my camera and started filming. Once I saw that it was, I finished up and took off so as not to become a victim of a momma bear’s wrath. All in all, it was a nice wandering around and very fruitful with the multitude of birds and wildflowers to tie it all together.
Day 1 – East side of McDonald Creek around Apgar Village
Day 2 – West side of McDonald Creek around Apgar Village