One of America’s most spectacular parks is without a doubt, Glacier. Now, you may have heard me say that I have been making plans to visit this park every year for nearly 10 years, and every year the plans fall through. Well… it finally happened. And it was worth the wait.
This post will not be my typical #FindYourPark post, full of info, locations, tips, etc. Since it was my first visit, I had to stumble around a bit, explore, and figure things out for myself. When I have the chance to return, I will be on a mission: to gather all of the most relevant information for all of you to have an epic experience in Glacier National Park!
So for now, please enjoy my thoughts, reflections, and images from my long awaited first visit to Glacier….
I always do a decent bit of research before I head out to any new park, so Glacier was no exception. So there were a few “must sees” and “must dos” that I knew about, and of course at the top of the list was Going-To-The-Sun-Road.
It was the first thing we did when we got to the park. Spectacular.
The next morning, I decided to try my luck at Lake McDonald, another very famous area for landscape shooters.
After a beautiful sunrise, we decided to check out one of the park’s most popular short hikes, Hidden Lake. It is the shortest hike to get up into the high country and experience the vibrant blue mountain lakes. It’s also a great place to see the park’s most quirky residents up close and personal… mountain goats.
Unfortunately it was the wrong time of day to get the shot I wanted, but I’m sure it won’t be the last time I hike to Hidden Lake.
On a particularly cloudy day, I decided to take advantage of the soft, even light, and do some creek and waterfall shots. McDonald Creek was the perfect candidate.
Rolling steadily through hemlock forests, eventually cascading over water-worn rocks, McDonald was never visually disappointing.
And of course it was back to Lake McDonald to see how afternoon/ evening light would paint this landscape.
I took a few mornings to explore the far West and Northwest of the park. Definitely needed more time up at Bowman and Kintla.
Up and over Going-to-the-sun-road a few more times…
Then, but not soon enough, it was on to the East side of the park.
St. Mary’s Lake, Two Medicine, and of course, Many Glacier.
Many Glacier provided the much desired cloud/ peak drama I was really wanting to capture. All of Glacier has this potential, but on my short visit, Many Glacier was the sweet spot.
So after an inaugural trip like this, I certainly have favorite spots, locations that I know I want to revisit… now with the much needed knowledge that comes from experience. But there were also so many places that I just did’t have time to see/ check out.
It is a vast wilderness. With so many hidden visual treasures lurking around every bend in the road, trail, river.
It’s now a forgone conclusion that I will be back… I hope sooner rather than later.
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