Day 1: Logan Pass to Granite Park
We got on trail about 3 pm and it took us forever to arrive at Granite Park because the flowers were OFF THE HOOK! Lots of stopping for photos along the way. It was a little windy until the evening when it calmed down and the bugs came out. After that we weren't stopping for photos as much. Regardless, it was an awesome day.
Oberlin Bend From the Highline Trail Corrie and Haystack Butte Clements and Oberlin from the Highline Green on the Highline Corrie, Beargrass and the Highline Going-to-the-Sun Road and Reynolds Mountain Corrie on the Highline Trail near Haystack Butte Glacier Lilys on the Highline Trail Lunch Spot on the Highline Trail McDonald Valley View Near Haystack Butte Corrie and Heavens Peak Lake McDonald and Historic DeSmet from Highline Trail Lake McDonald Portrait from Highline Trail McDonald Valley and Rays from Highline Trail Mt. Cannon and Lake McDonald from the Highline Highline Trail near Grante Park Swiftcurrent Lookout Sunset Highline Trail and Heavens Peak near Granite Park Golden Eagle over Granite Park Granite Park Chalet Sunset Corrie on the Highline Near Granite Park Mt. Cannon, Lake McDonald, Heavens Peak and Glacier Lilys Heavens Peak 7.19.16 Heavens Peak Portrait 7.19.16 Garden Wall Portrait Heavens Peak (2) 7.19.16 Heavens Peak (3) 7.19.16 IMG_5383
We arrived to camp just in time for sunset, dinner, and whiskey all before the clouds came in and started raining.
Day 2: Granite Park to Grinnell Glacier Overlook and Back, then Granite Park to Many Glacier via Swiftcurrent Pass Trail
The plan the following morning was to hike up the spur trail early am for sunrise, but when the alarm went off at 5:30 it was still raining. When we woke up the second time the clouds hard parted and the sun came out. It was a pretty awesome view to wake up to. Just before we headed out to the spur trail the packers arrived to the chalet so I had to chat and take a few snaps. On days like these the packers have one of the coolest jobs in the park, no doubt.
We got up the Grinnell Glacier overlook and hung our for lunch. Just as we were coming down the day hikers were arriving from Logan Pass. We headed back to the chalet, grabbed our packs, and started heading over to Many Glacier. I had never heard anything about Swiftcurrent Pass before, so needless to say we were blown away by the view and the trail coming off the pass in the valley. Waterfalls, headwalls, Swiftcurrent Glacier, and blue-green lakes. It was another picture perfect day, apart from the 40-50 mph gusts.
Tent View from Granite Park Trails Cabin Heavens Peak Reflection Packing at Granite Park 4 Adam and Mike at Granite Park Chalet Packing at Granite Park 8 Relaxing at Grinnell Glacier Overlook Grinnell Glacier Overlook May Glacier Valley From the Garden Wall Gem Glacier Grinnell Lake and Lake Sherburne Salamander and Grinnell Glaciers Grinnell Glacier From the Garden Wall Highline Spur Trail Corrie on the Spur Trail Heavens Peak from the Spur Junction View From the Granite Park Chalet Front Door Mt. Grinnell From Swiftcurrent Pass Swiftcurrent Glacier From Swiftcurrent Pass Headwaters of Swiftcurrent Creek Corrie and Mt. Grinnell Bullhead Lake Portrait From Swiftcurrent Pass Trail Corrie and Swiftcurrent Glacier Bullhead Lake From Swiftcurrent Pass Trail
After we got off the switchbacks it seemed to take forever to make it back to the road. By the time we arrived we were ready for some beers and some food. Good thing the Motor Inn has the perfect cure for what we needed, pizza and beer. Perfect end to an awesome overnight.
As we headed out the next morning we had to stop and smell the flowers.
I am headed back over to Many Glacier this weekend for work and a little RnR. I am hoping to do a couple fun hikes in additions to getting some filming done. I hope all is well with you!