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18 viewsAfter one night on St. Mary lake, we hurried up to Many Glacier, which we heard from reliable sources (thanks Amy and Mike!!) is one of the most beautiful parts of the park. We grabbed a great site at the Many Glacier campground and then set off to our favorite hike of the whole week; Grinnell Glacier/Lake hike.
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11 viewsYou can see the excitement in Andy's step.
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12 viewsThis trail took us past three beautiful lakes. The first lake is called the Swiftcurrent Lake, which you can see here.
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13 viewsClick on this pic to enlarge it to get a great view of the Many Glacier hotel which is located right on the shore of the Swiftcurrent Lake. This is probably the nicest hotel in the whole park (and where Andy and I treated ourselves to one fancy meal on our last night).
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11 viewsThe whole time along this hike it finally hit us how much Glacier National Park reminds us of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland.
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13 viewsMore Bear Grass and the first views of Lake Josephine, the second lake we passed. Notice the blue/green color of the water. This is from the glacial silt.
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10 viewsMore bear scat, RIGHT on the trail!
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12 viewsThe final lake that we came to on our hike is Grinnell Lake, which is directly fed from run off of Grinnell Glacier (one of the last 28 Glaciers in the park).
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11 viewsBriar is awed by the beautiful wild flowers along the trail.
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12 viewsThere were several waterfalls that flowed down onto the trail as well.
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12 viewsThe trail is quite narrow and goes through some thick greenery. It was just beautiful! And we didn't see ANY poison ivy. Those of you who know us know that we both get poison ivy very easily, so if we had encountered any, we definitely would have gotten a rash. But we both came out unscathed so we determined they must not have much, if any up there.
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11 viewsThis is a small "bear dig" area where the bears dig up the earth to eat the roots and bulbs of mountain lilies.
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12 viewsAnother great view of the valley which reminded us so much of the Lauterbrunnen Valley of Switzerland (our favorite part of Switzerland).
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13 viewsOff in the distance in the bowl shaped part of the mountain, you can see Grinnell Glacier. The trail of this hike takes you right to the glacier. Unfortunately, the last mile and half of the trail was closed due to snow and unstable snow bridges.
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11 viewsDon't worry, this is NOT a snowbridge. We're just now getting to elevations where large sections of the trail are covered over in snow.
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13 viewsAnother view of Grinnell Glacier and it started to rain.
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10 viewsThis was as far as we could get along the trail. That IS a snowbridge behind me.
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