Glacier National Park

I was in Spokane this week attending a meeting at Itron headquarters. A few of us decided to head into Montana (4 hour drive) to visit Glacier National Park in Northwest Montana. It is another breathtaking national park that I will recommend to anyone looking for an all inspiring trip. We left early Friday morning and headed towards the park. We checked into the McDonald Lake Lodge and then did a quick hike on Avalanche Lake trail.

Avalanche Lake Trail: It was a nice 1.9 mile trail and ended up at a lake that is created by snow melt. Avalanche Lake has an exit that runs down toward McDonald Lake. As shown below, the water is running with considerable force and has cut trough solid rock. Really cool color that is created by pulverized rock minerals.

The next morning we got moving early and headed over Logan pass to the Many Glacier area. About 9:30am we started a 4.9 mile hike into Iceberg Lake.

Iceberg Lake Trial: This trail starts at Swiftcurrent and leads you 4.9 miles Northwest heading towards the Ptarmanigan Wall. I’m not sure of the change in altitude during the hike, but it was quite gradual. The weather could not have been better. 60-70F during the accent and 70-80F during our travels back. The total round trip travel time was approximately 5.5 hours. As you can see by the pictures below, the views are incredible and well worth the effort.

After the Iceberg hike, we hopped in the car and drove back to Spokane.

Avalanche Lake. Melting snow above cascading down multiple place to feed lake.Avalanche Lake. Melting snow above cascading down multiple place to feed lake.
 
Exit stream from Avalanche LakeExit stream from Avalanche Lake
 
View into Iceberg Lake. Walls are approximately 2000' high.View into Iceberg Lake. Walls are approximately 2000′ high.
 
Iceberg LakeIceberg Lake
 
Nice flower and peak in backgroundNice flower and peak in background
 
Young buck decides he wants to walk the trail. He passes us and continues on along the trail.Young buck decides he wants to walk the trail. He passes us and continues on along the trail.
 
Random girl decides to wade out and stand on ice block.Random girl decides to wade out and stand on ice block.