Glacier National Park 2009

Glacier National Park, together with the Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, form the world's first International Peace Park. Glacier National Park was established in 1910 and in 1932 joined Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park to become the Glacier - Waterton International Peace Park. The Glaciers are receding and it is believed they will be gone by 2020, so I was glad to have been able to have visited the park and see the remaining glaciers while they still exist. This trip was taken in August-September 2009.

Flatfoot River Rafting

On the way up to East Glacier I saw some folks doing some river rafting on the flatfoot river and decided to take some photos.

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Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier Park Lodge was built in 1913 by the Great Northern Railway. It is nestled in East Glacier at the foot of Dancing Lady Mountain. This is where we stayed during our trip.

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Road to St. Mary

The road to St. Mary is how you get to Many Glacier, the Road-To-The-Sun Road, and to Waterton, Alberta, Canada. This is the road we took from the lodge to almost all the places we visited.

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Going to the Sun Road

Going-to-the-Sun Road is the only road through the heart of Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. It was completed in 1932, and it is the only road that crosses the park, going over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. A fleet of 1930s red tour buses nicknamed "jammers", rebuilt in 2001 to run on propane or natural gas, offer tours on the road. The road, a National Historic Landmark and a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, spans 53 miles (85 km) across the width of the park.

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Logan Pass

Named for the park's first superintendent, William Logan, Logan Pass is the apex of the 50 mile drive along the Going-To-The-Sun Road. At 6,646 feet above sea level, the pass provides some very beautiful visitas. It was here that I saw the majority of the wildlife on this trip while taking a 1.5 mile hike to Hidden Lake. It was at the Hidden Lake Overlook where I encountered Mountain Goats so comfortable around people that I was able to get within a few feet of them without disturbing them. I also saw big horn sheep, marmots and squirrels. Without a doubt this was the best part of the trip from a wildlife viewing standpoint.

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Upper McDonald Creek Falls

Stopped of at Upper McDonald Creek to take photos of the incredible clear and colorful water, trout and the falls.

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Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald. Lake McDonald is Glacier National Park's biggest lake; ten miles long and 472 feet deep. Filling a basin gouged out by Ice Age glaciers, Lake McDonald is a classic glacial feature. This long fjord-like lake is surrounded by mountains on the north, south, and east with the Continental Divide, 14 miles away. The mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for the lake.

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Many Glacier

Many Glacier is surrounded by the high peaks of the Lewis Range, and numerous hiking trails can be accessed from the area. The region is noted for numerous lakes, waterfalls and dense coniferous forests interspersed with alpine meadows. Major sites in the immediate vicinity that can be accessed by trails include Lake Josephine, Grinnell Lake, Grinnell Glacier, Cracker Lake, Granite Park Chalet, Iceberg Cirque and the Ptarmigan Tunnel, which is a hiking tunnel carved through the mountainside during the 1930s.

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Waterton

Waterton Lakes National Park is a national park located in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada, and borders Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. Waterton was Canada's fourth national park, formed in 1895 and named after Waterton Lake, in turn after Charles Waterton. The park contains 505 km (203 miles) of rugged mountains and wilderness. The Waterton lakes—the deepest in the Canadian Rockies— are overlooked by the historic Prince of Wales Hotel. We spent some time visiting the lake, the Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Village and Cameron Lake.

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Cameron Lake

Nestled between the majestic mountain peaks of the Akamina Ridge, this sub-alpine lake is one of many serene bodies of water that makes up Waterton Lakes National Park.

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