August 6, 2013
Third hike destination...as close as we could get to Grinnell Glacier. I say that because this hike is an 11 mile hike round trip. With 4 pups waiting in Belle, we just set out and decided to turn around when our time was half up. We made it four miles in.
This trail begins at the Many Glacier Hotel and carried us around the shoreline of Swiftcurrent Lake.
This part of the trail is flat, easy, and full of photo opps.
I was hoping to see a moose, even a deer would have been great, but just not meant to be.
We did spot a fisherman...
...a Pipsissewa which is a new wildflower for me to photograph...
...and a mama grouse with three babies. What a joy to watch her and listen to her soft clucking.
She was very attentive to her babies.
And enjoyed a dust bath.
From here, the trail turned right.
Wildflowers, butterflies, and rock walls on our left...
...and Lake Josephine and mountains on our right.
We made a steady, gradual ascent towards Upper Grinnell Lake...its a 1600 feet rise to the glacier.
From here the trail travels through open countryside with no obstructions to the incredible views that were all around.
This was our lunch view and the end of the trail for us.
Salamander Glacier, Mt. Gould and Lower Grinnell Lake were all visible.
Salamander Glacier lies on a shelf which is part of the Continental Divide at an average elevation of 7200 feet. Before Grinnell Glacier retreated significantly, it used to encompass Salamander.
|View of Salamander Glacier|
Grinnell Glacier rests on the north flank of Mt. Gould at an average altitude of 7000 feet. It is melting quickly and is likely to be entirely gone within 30 years.
Lower Grinnell Lake has an opaque turquoise appearance from rock flour (silt) which comes from the melting glacier.
This is one of the more popular hikes in Glacier NP. If you are looking for quiet and solitude, you might not find it here.
It's popular because of its incredible beauty.
There were a few colors of fall...already!
We had a much more relaxed day today...
...visited another waterfall. The forecast was for 60 percent chance of thunderstorms...hasn't happened yet.
Until next time...
P.S. Does anyone know what these berries are? We see them on all our hikes. They are so red and shiny and almost look artificial...like berries I bought for Christmas decorations.