Vlog #7 Recap & Info
In this video, we head into Glacier National Park via the west entrance.
The park is full of people and cars so we immediately drive the famous and stunningly beautiful “Going-To-The-Sun-Road.” It’s very narrow and especially difficult to drive with our Dodge Ram 2500 truck but the views are like nothing we’ve ever seen.
Note: It is not allowed to take any long vehicles or tow anything that will make your total length longer than 21 feet, 10 feet tall, and 8 feet wide (including mirrors) on the “Going-To-The-Sun-Road”
We originally wanted to stop at the Logan Pass Visitors Center but the parking lot was full and there was a long line of cars waiting for a spot so we continue driving to a less populated area.
We finally found parking at a small rest stop and decided to do the St. Marys Falls Hike from the Sun Point parking lot near the east entrance of the park. The hike follows St. Mary’s Lake and features two beautiful waterfalls. You even get to cross a few bridges and see some rivers.
The hike wasn’t very shaded, if you do it, make sure you bring plenty of water and sunscreen. It’s 4.4 miles in total which was a little more than we bargained for but the falls were fantastic and it was a great start to our Glacier National Park adventure.
Afterward, we have a little lunch and discover the “Lost Lake” which is home to the very rare “Rocky Mountain Capshell Limpit” which is a small freshwater snail that is a relic from prehistoric times. We didn’t get to see any but we had a fun time trying to scale the steep trail down to the lake.
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On the way back down the “Going-To-The-Sun-Road”, we finally get to see some mountain goats near Logan Pass.
We brought our mountain bikes with us after reading about the many trails around Lake Mcdonald. We find a trail called the “Fish Creek Bike Trail” and start riding to the lake.
Once we get to the lake it looks so clean and clear that we can’t help but go for a swim.
The next day we have to get up at 4:30 so we can make it to the trailhead of “Avalanche Lake” in time to get a parking spot. We get there at 6 am and the trailhead parking area is full but we are lucky enough to find a space in a nearby campground they have opened for additional parking.
Avalanche lake is one of the most popular hikes in the park. It’s 6 miles out and back and features forests, rivers, a lake, glacier peaks, and waterfalls. The path is wide, well walked on, and perfect for first time hikers and kids.
We start the hike by walking through a cedar forest and there is a river of icy blue water the entire way.
Once we get to Avalanche Lake we can believe how many waterfalls are coming off of the surrounding mountains. If you do the hike make sure you follow the trail to the other side of the lake, if you don’t you are missing out on seeing some amazing waterfalls and nature.
We end the vlog with a hiking review and lunch by Lake McDonald.
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