For my last weekend before Natalia got home, I elected to go do some hiking in
Glacier National Park in Montana. It looked to be the only dry place within driving
distance and there were a few hikes I was excited to check out.


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After an early departure from our new home in Cochrane along with about an hour waiting to cross the border
in the pouring rain, I made my way into Many Glacier in Glacier National Park. Thankfully, it had been
pouring rain for the previous 2 days and a lot of people had left. Otherwise, there's no way I would have
been able to find a campsite. This is the sign on the bathroom at the Grinnell Glacier trailhead.
It made me laugh.


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Here's a look at how green this trail was at the start, near the trailhead. Apparently, it's been a very
wet year in Glacier, which results in much better foliage and greenery.


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Similar to our Rocky Mountains, there is absolutely a similar strike plane on these mountains too.


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This is looking back through the trees across Swiftcurrent Lake to the Many Glacier Hotel. I didn't know
at the time, but this hotel serves Fort Collins, CO-based New Belgium Brewery's Fat Tire Amber. Yummy!


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I thought this sharp steep corner of Mt Grinnell was pretty cool.


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The pristine look at Lake Josephine. The parks service operates small boats that take you from the hotel
all the way to the end of Lake Josephine, with a small walk in between the two lakes. This shortens the Grinnell
Glacier hike by about 3 miles.


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This is the boat launch at the end of Lake Josephine.


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This was my first look at Grinnell Lake and Angel Wing above it.


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This gives a sense of how cut into the mountain side this trail was.


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Looking back at Grinnell Lake. The colour is almost nicer than Lake Louise.

Video of a look around the Grinnell Glacier hike



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Somewhere on this mountainside is the trail that is trending up and to the left. Can you see it?


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This was a neat section of trail that is impossible to walk away dry.

A pretty section of the hiking trail



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The view up to Grinnell Glacier.


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A view back the way I came.


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Grinnell Glacier and the Continental Divide behind that.

A look around Grinnell Glacier almost-overlook



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Icebergs floating in the lake with a water fall coming down from the Salamander Glacier.

A look around Grinnell Glacier and Lake from the proper overlook



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This squirrel was interested in my wet shirt for some reason.


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A better look at the ice floating in the lake. It was not warm for sure.


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A couple of guys debated jumping in. They tested the water and promptly put their clothes back on.


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This is a shot of me and the lake below Grinnell Glacier, taken with my timer.


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The rocky peaks here are actually pretty surprising given the age of these mountains.


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This definitely looked scramble-able to get up to the Garden Wall trail behind here.


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I wandered over to the edge of where the glacier is now. There was a cool waterfall and some snow
and ice here.


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Grinnell Glacier and Paul, Aug 3 2013.


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I'm pretty pleased with my new mountaineering boots. I do think that I need insoles though.


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My beard is coming in well. I sure hope the wife likes it!


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One aspect of the mountains around Many Glacier is that they have a pretty significant undertone of red
rocks at certain elevations. This provides a neat contrast with the green of the pine, spruce, and fir.
You can see the old wooden boat plying the waves of Lake Josephine. It took me two hours from the trailhead
to the glacier and about the same time to get down.


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Okay Natalia, I took this so that you'd see that I can car camp with the best of them. Check out my
pork chops, zucchini, and red peppers. Yummy!


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After dinner, I decided to check out the hotel to see about a beverage. It turns out they serve one of
my favourite beers - Fat Tire Amber Ale. This shot shows the area that I hiked for the afternoon below
Mt Grinnell as the sun is starting to set. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday I'd say.


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The word 'Hootenany' makes me laugh.


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Sunset with the Many Glacier Hotel below and Mt Gould above that. See that hiking trail here:
Trail Map .


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Here's the other side of Mt Grinnell from the campground. A pretty nice view to wake up to as I was
up early to get an early start on my Sunday hike to Iceberg and Ptarmigan.


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I thought the fog rolling off Swiftcurrent Mountain was pretty cool.


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This is Mt Wilbur on the left along with the cirque above Iceberg Lake to the right.


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This is a family of ptarmigans that were on the trail as I left the Ptarmigan trail and headed to Iceberg
Lake. The trail took me ~1 hr 45 mins to get to the lake.


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A look at some pretty wildflowers and the Iceberg Lake headwall all around me.


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Icebergs, not in Alaska.

Video of a look around Iceberg Lake



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A closer look at some icebergs in Iceberg Lake.


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Me and some icebergs.


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After having a snack, I turned around, went back down the trail and then turned uphill again and started
up to Ptarmigan lake. This is Ptarmigan lake and behind it you can see the steady trail to the pass.


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Rather than being an open pass, back in the day, the Parks service blasted a tunnel through here so that horses
could cross from the Belly River into the Many Glacier area.

Video of Ptarmigan Lake


Hiking through Ptarmigan Tunnel



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A cool look at the mountain on the other side of Ptarmigan Tunnel framed with the doors of the tunnel.


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Looking down at Elizabeth Lake. There is a backcountry camp site on either side of the lake.


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It's definitely a sheer face of rock here. You can see the tunnel entrance in the lower left of this shot.

A look out to Elizabeth Lake



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I'm a big fan of cool hikes. Thanks to the nice family from Kalispell who took this shot.


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We saw another curious marmot up here as well. Kind of funny that I hit two different Glacier National Parks
in one week and saw two different marmots too!


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This is the exit hike from Ptarmigan Tunnel down towards Elizabeth Lake.


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As the sun was setting on my campground, I though the light made the clouds look beautiful. Cotton candy Natalia!

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