After having so much fun in Yosemite National Park last year, we took our second National Park trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.
There’s really only one main road through the park – Going to the Sun Road. The views off of it are spectacular, but it’s also one of the scariest roads I’ve ever driven. After it starts going up into the mountains, it’s cut right out of the side of the mountain and drops straight off the other side.
Another view off Going to the Sun Road.
Logan Pass is about halfway through the park and there are several trails from there (including the Highline Trail).
We hiked up to the Hidden Lake Overlook from Logan Pass. It was an easy hike on a boardwalk.
Hidden Lake Overlook.
Another view of Hidden Lake.
On the way back from Hidden Lake Overlook – April is just taking it all in!
Another view from Logan Pass.
All of the views are just amazing!
On our last day in the park, we hiked up to Iceberg Lake. It’s a 9.7 mile round trip trail that leads up to an beautiful lake that (you guessed it) has floating icebergs in it year round. My father and brother did this hike a few years ago when they came to the park, and I really wanted to see it for myself.
Heading into the trail head in Many Glacier, you drive along Lake Sherburne. The views, like everywhere else in the park are amazing.
You know it’s going to be a good hike when they immediately warn you of bears. I was prepared though – I had my bear spray ready!
Hiking along the way!
Along the trail to Iceberg Lake, we heard some noises right off the trail that sounded like an animal. After the bear warning, we didn’t want to stop and investigate…
April later searched the internet for bear sounds, and she swears we came within feet of a bear! I’m a little more skeptical, but… she’s probably right.
Crossing over a stream on the way to Iceberg Lake
We knew it was getting closer – but it seemed like we were almost there for two hours!
Finally, we got to the lake. There were several people who swam in the lake, but I was not one of them!
It felt like it took forever to get there, and it was just as long getting back… It was amazing to be outside with these views all day, but by the time we finally got back to the trail head we could barely walk!
The Highline Trail runs 15.2 miles just underneath the Continental Divide from Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet. We didn’t hike the whole way, but we did walk about a mile into it from Logan Pass. The views off of it are amazing, but it’s also a little scary because the trail itself is cut into the mountain, and runs over the Going to the Sun Road.
The Green “hand rail” in the picture is a garden hose!
We passed a guy hiking from the other direction, and his greeting was “that’s pretty intense”! Check out the trail ledge on the left hand of the picture, and the road below it.
The year before we were at the park, someone had fallen off the trail onto the road and died. The trail hadn’t opened yet for the season so it was still covered in snow and ice, and he slipped.
The trail runs right above the road, and you really could fall off it you’re not careful!
Looking back into the valley with the Going to the Sun Road, and the Highline Trail.
We’ve been to so many cites across the US that we wanted to take a different approach – visiting a national park! I’ve always wanted to see Yosemite, and it did not disappoint. We stayed at the Sierra Mountain Lodge, in Ahwahnee, California. I’d highly recommend staying there because the location gives you the option of entering the park from either the south or the west. Depending on traffic or what you want to see, it makes for a great home base. The bed and breakfast itself was very nice and comfortable – we’d definitely stay there again.
April in front of El Capitan on our first day
Half dome – such a huge piece of granite!
A close up of Half Dome from Glacier Point
During day two, smoke from nearby wildfires came into the valley, and you couldn’t see anything. So, we made our way to the Mariposa groves. These sequoia trees are huge and amazing!
April didn’t knock this one over… we promise!
On the way out of the park, we came across the wildfire. It was massive… and closer than we would have thought!
Luckily the winds changed on day three, and the valley cleared out. This is looking into the valley from Tunnel View.
Our trip was so successful that we’ve decided to go on an annual national park trip!