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Glacier National Park, Montana 2017

Harry

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Re: Glacier National Park, Montana

We took a long second drive over to the East side of Glacier Park Saturday, August 5th via the Going to the Sun Road, ending up in St Mary on Route 89.

Then we took 89 North up to the turnoff for Many Glaciers. The lead-in road was a bit rough and most everything in the park, campgrounds, etc. was full up with people, but we got the job done and that was sight-seeing and more than a few photos. The Golden Age Passport really paid off with a total of four park entrances for the day!

Then we went down route 89 to where route 49 cuts off toward Two Medicine. 49 is wild and curvy, but with excellent scenery and views. Then we went on in to Medicine Lake. This too was very nice, but full of people, campground full.

At one point on Route 49 it was 58 degrees on the Jeep dash thermometer and 6,015 feet on the G.P.S. We continued on down route 49 to East Glacier Park and returned to Columbia Falls via US Route 2 and dinner at the Night Owl.

I think we have fulfilled our yearning to complete Glacier National Park and all this day on a half tank of gas. There wasn't much to see at St Mary so I am very glad that we chose to stay at Glacier Peaks RV Park in Columbia Falls with easy access to Kalispell.

Photo 1. Going to the Sun Road
Photo 2. Road to Many Glaciers
Photo 3. Medicine Lake
Photo 4. Brrr! Glacier Ice Water!
 

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I like oldstuff

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Re: Glacier National Park, Montana

Harry, did you go to the peak then walk the trail out into the heights? This is pretty humbling and I did it x years ago, that is I hiked it until I was freezing in the middle of August and had to walk back down. It was pretty neat as I was walking with the mountain goats, squirrels, gophers and other rare critters etc.
 

Harry

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Re: Glacier National Park, Montana

Here's a map of the park showing Many Glacier and Two Medicine. The first photo on Going to the Sun Road was from Siyeh Bend.

My peak hiking is over. I hiked to the peak of Mt. Antero 14,210 in Colorado in the 70's and hiked out to Plateau Point in the Grand Canyon in 1969, a 12 hour 12 mile round trip over many thousands of feet in elevation. That was then and this is now! Now my 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee does the work.

The map can be enlarged with a left click on the mouse once the image is on your screen. Map includes West Glacier on the lower left and East Glacier on the lower right. US Highway Route 2 connects the two villages by a long loop downward through some very colorful pine laden mountains. If this location isn't on your bucket list, I strongly recommend it.
 

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Don Selmer

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03/23/2019
Re: Glacier National Park, Montana

Thanks for sharing Harry. Great Memories. I took my 3 kids out there hiking about 20 years ago. Absolutely Beautiful country. I went back 3 years ago to go hiking again and can't believe how much the Glaciers have recessed. They say in a little over 10 years there might not be many Glaciers left. A must see.
 

DustyBar

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01/14/2020
Re: Glacier National Park, Montana

I heard Glacier National Park was closed today due to fires. It is a place that must be seen. I saw it in 1977.
 

Oldtech

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12/14/2019
Re: Glacier National Park, Montana

That is one of the best drives. Did it several times on motorbike. Awesome. Best on bike or convertible. A must see.
 

Harry

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This photo is from Route 93 northwest of Kalispell at 8:43 PM and Fall is coming! We had a very light rain most of the day (the first in two months) and the temperature was 58 degrees. The mice are moving in and we will soon move out!

Remember to left click on the photo if you want an enlargement.
 

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GarysToys

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Re: Glacier National Park, Montana

My son has been there several times.

A few weeks ago he told me my Christmas and 76th Birthday present will be a weeks trip there this coming summer.

I have started walking a lot more to get prepared.
 

GarysToys

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Re: Glacier National Park, Montana

Just got back. My birthday present got expanded by my son.

My wife and I met him outside Detroit to see our new granddaughter for a week.

Then my son, grandson and I left on the Trip. WE first stopped at the SPAM Museum then the Badlands of SD. While in the area we stopped by the ICBM headquarters to see my first ICBM in the ground. Then we went to Devils Tower and then to Little Big Horn. Then we drove to Glacier. If you have not visited Glacier and spent two days there. I highly recommend putting it on the top of your list.

Next we drove down the beautiful valleys of the Rocky Mountains to Yellowstone, another highly recommended stop. We then took the side roads through the parks on our way to Boulder. We visited Estis Park and the area surrounding Boulder and Denver. Which I also recommend if you like high mountains reflecting off of beautiful lakes.

My son has been the Principle Trumpet for the Boulder Music Festival for the past 15 years. If you are in the area they have concerts throughout July at the University.

I traveled on business for over 40 years, driving or flying in and out of most of the major cities in the US, Canada and Mexico. I never got to see the wonders of the good old USA. This was the best birthday present I ever received.
 

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