Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Glacial waterfall. (a little hazy, there were some fires outside the park).

At lunchtime, we had a visitor...a hoary marmot.
Another view of Sexton Glacier.

Apparently, it's not unusual for trails to be snow-covered, even up to mid-July. This hike was our most challenging so far; 11 miles, with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Plus, the ranger had the "need for speed" and we completed it two hours ahead of schedule.

Our final hike on the east side...Siyeh Pass...looking down from the top of the pass onto Sexton Glacier.

A final look at Upper Two Medicine lake before we head back.

He seemed to enjoy his swim...he dove a couple of times, cooling off on the hot day.

Just as we reached Upper Two Medicine Lake, the ranger "cued" the moose.

Twin Falls, on the way to Upper Two Medicine Lake.

Another wooden boat (built in the early 1900's). We took a ride from Two Medicine Lake to the trailhead of our next hike, led by a ranger who specialized in identifying native medicinal plants.

One of the few good restaurants on the east side of the park...mmm, biscuits and gravy!

The ranger had people coming down from the lake wait with us at the falls. Then he radioed to the trailhead, and another ranger came up to us, clearing the bears from the trail as she came. Then we ALL went down.

We got the bears to leave the trail and continued up the trail to Ptarmigan falls, where we waited while the ranger radioed for assistance.

This bear was a sub-adult (teenager). There were a total of 8 bears seen on the trail...mama grizzly and 2 cubs, 2 sub-adults, 2 that we didn't see, plus a cinnamon colored black bear. 8 total.

They closed the trail immediately.

We learned how to identify "bear scat".

We come upon an area that the ranger calls a "bear dig"...they dig up and eat the lily bulbs.

Grinnell peak on the left. We start on our Iceberg Lake hike, led by a ranger.

Here's where we celebrated our 38th anniversary, next to the famous Babb Bar.

We saw a bald eagle perching on the ride back.

Our hike took us from the village of Waterton, around the lake to the south to Goat Haunt, where we caught this wooden boat that took us back to the beginning.

The rangers make "peace"

This demarcation on the hillside marks the 49th parallel, dividing the park between U.S. and Canada.

JULY 11 - We have moved to the East side of Glacier

This year marks the 75th anniversry of Waterton-Glacier Peace Park. We went on a hike with a ranger from U.S., and and interpreter from Canada.

Monday, July 09, 2007

The last 4 miles of the trail went through the burn of '03. Lots of new growth in a short time.

One of the spectacular views from the porch

More cabins, with the outhouse down the road.

The chalet has a kitchen and dining room, with a woodburning stove. The kitchen is to be used by lodgers to cook their meals (which they pack in). No running water, heat, or electricity. Lodgers bring their own sleeping bags, flashlights, and water can be fetched (and purified) from a nearby primitive camp area.

The trail leads to Granite Park Chalet, built in the early 1900's by the railroad. It's only accessible by hiking trail, and supplies are brought up by pack horse.

Off in the distance you can make out Granite Park Chalet.

Grinnell Lake on the left.

Looking down on Grinnell Glacier.

The little ribbon along this cliff was a side trail that some of the hikers took. It was .6 mile, with 1,000 ft elevation gain. At the top you could look down onto Grinnell Glacier and Grinnell Lake.

Baby mountain goat practicing...they must have suction cups on their feet!

Fossils of blue green algae, 1 billion years old

Indian Paintbrush

The meadows were full of hollyhocks.

Forget me nots in the foreground.

One of the snowmelt walterfalls along the way.
A formation along the trail called the Haystack.

Along the first part of the hike, we were tailed and then passed by a mountain goat family. They have the right of way.

I don't have any words for this shot.

I was best friends with the green cable to my right, due to the sheer drop off to my left.

Sunday, July 8-Highline Trail

We signed up for a ranger-led hike along the Garden Wall. Along Highline Trail, starting at Logan Pass, down to the Loop - about 12 miles.

Logan Pass July 8

Looks like he'll be putting it in low gear....

Friday, July 06, 2007

After our hike, we headed to Whitefish for dinner. We explored the town, which is really cute, and drove up to the ski area - Big Mountain.

About half the trail was covered with snow. Man, I'm glad I bought those hiking poles! On the other side of the coin, we saw several people with sandals and tennis shoes...

Notice the dots in the background at the edge of the snow. More hikers.

We pose for this year's Christmas card.

Looking down on Hidden Lake. We could have

continued down to the lake, but it was hot, we

were tired, and we could see it just fine.

Momma mountain goat and baby

Friday, July 6

We took the new shuttle up to Logan Pass and
started out on the trail to Hidden Lake. The
bighorn sheep are wearing their summer coats.