Into The Wild
Glacier National Park Travel Blog› entry 5 of 20 › view all entries
It was a late start today since I forgot to change my watch to Mtn zone and I lollygagged over coffee too long this morning. By the time I got to the ranger station to reserve a back country permit and a tent site, most of them were gone. Then the lady is required to read the rules for backcountry camping to each permit holder and that took another half hour.
The good thing is Glacier National Park is set up for Day tripping. Nice loops and a regular shuttle to haul your tired ass back to you car. As long as you can remember where it was. I chose a 10.5 mile hike mostly because the only parking place I could find was at the traihead. I finally hit the trail around 1:30 before I left, with 2 liters of water, a couple of protein bars and a really big knife.
The pictures from my little point and shoot don’t do it justice but I have to say that regardless of what you think of the US Govt.
my humble Opinion, Glacier is the best of them all. Amazing scenery on even the small day hikes, cool flora and fauna, ease of getting around. I was in Yosemite for a day during a torrential downpour that turned to an epic Sierra Mtn snow dump so I am not sure I got to see it at its best. The bar has been set pretty high though.
I heard on the radio today that Glacier is enjoying a high tourism count this summer so that is good for them, Not so much me. There were no camp spots in the park available. I exited out the East side of the park into nothingness. The land turns immediately from sharp craggy 10,000 foot peaks to the gently rolling hills that make up the Blackfoot Indian Reservation. There is nothing but a few Quickie Marts and roadhouses charging the whiteman exhorbitant rates for firewater, regular water for that matter. I drove up and down the park boundry road for an hour before taking a spot in a field behind a fishing "resort" called Duck lake Lodge. Its no Walmart but it is close to tomorrow's trailhead. Time to make up the truck for bed.