Glacier National Park

August 2012

Rachel first took me to Glacier National Park before we were married in 2006. During that trip we didn't get too far off the road. This time, we planned on changing that. We met our friends Doug & Lindsey and hiked in about 7.5 miles to stay in the heart of the park at Granite Chalet.

Montana, USA
7 days, 6 nights

  • Hiking
  • National Parks
  • Road Trip
  • Hasselblad Xpan II

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is, by far, my favorite national park. It's one of the few places that I plan to go back to regularly.

Rachel has family in Bozeman, and prior to meeting up with Doug & Lindsey in Helena, we took a day trip with them on the Beartooth Highway and looped through Yellowstone. Naturally, we also stopped at Beartooth Cafe in Cooke City for some smoked trout.

Day 1: Beartooth Pass

01 The Beartooth Highway is one of the most beautiful drives you can take. If you are near Yellowstone, drive it.

02 Shortly after entering Yellowstone via the Northeast entrance we were hit by a short squall.

03 After the squall ended we were treated to a full rainbow.

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Day 2: Many Glacier


Doug & Lindsey shortly after arriving at Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. They take their hiking seriously.

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05 Many Glacier Hotel is right on Swiftcurrent Lake. It's a historic hotel modeled after Swiss chalets. It's the best place to stay in the park and books up quickly. Not surprising with this view.

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Day 3: Highline Trail


The Highline Trail starts at Logan's Pass and the first three tenths are the most terrifying. Rachel was quite thankful that there was a rope to hold onto.

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Looking back you can see the hundred plus foot dropoff.

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08 The Highline Trail is 7.5 miles of amazingness.

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09 After getting to the chalet, the first thing we did was buy some freeze dried food, pour in some hot water and devour it. I don't think anyone took a moment to say anything. We just ate as quickly as we could.

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Shortly after dinner, we relaxed and enjoyed the view while Doug slept.

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Day 4: Granite Park Chalet


Near Granite Chalet is the Grinnell Glacier Overlook trail. I'm not proud of this photo, as I see it as a missed opportunity - it doesn't do the view justice. You are on top of the mountain looking down at a the Grinnell Glacier! But, I've never felt such winds and was afraid that if I stood any higher that I'd be blown over the ledge.

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12 Looking east from Granite Chalet on our last night.

Day 5: Swiftcurrent Pass

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13 The view, and Granite Chalet, while hiking up to Swiftcurrent pass.

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14 Doug charts the path from Swiftcurrent Pass.