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TR: Glacier National Park (NSR)

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Well, since it's still summer and there's still time to kill before the new ski season starts, Mrs. GM and I hit another national park for some recreation. My summer started at the Grand Canyon, then the Bend area and the Three Sisters, now onto Montana for some hiking and golfing. Our week was a little disrupted by some questionable weather but we did manage to get in a couple of nice hikes and three rounds of golf, which I won't bore you with. Instead, I'll bore you with some pictures from the Siyeh Pass hike we did our first day.

 

Siyeh Pass summits around 7,800' after starting at about 5,400 and terminates at about 4,500' over 10.5 miles. Although not especially high, with the northern latitude of GNP, treeline is relatively low so much of the hike is alpine with some steeper scree fields and great views. So, without further adieu, here are some shots:

 

At the beginning of the hike looking back at the trailhead.

 

 

Mrs. GM as we're going up through the woods.

 

 

Your's truly as we continue up.

 

 

Another scenic shot on the way up. It was pretty smoky with the fires burning in the NW this year.

 

 

Pretty dramatic wall shot showing the immensity of the terrain.

 

 

Looking back in the direction we came up.

 

 

Remnants of last winter's bounty.

 

 

Last pitch up a scree field to the summit of the pass.

 

 

Looking to the east from the pass summit.

 

 

Mrs. GM rounding the corner at the top. Great vistas from up there!

 

 

Lush valley to the east of the pass.

 

 

Glacier view once we rounded the summit corner.

 

 

Working our way down.

 

 

Another view of the glacier across the way.

 

 

Photo bomber!

 

Looking back up toward where we came down.

 

 

Cool series of waterfalls.

 

 

My favorite shot; looking back toward the glacier and the wall it lives on.

 

 

And that's it! TrekChick is absolutely correct when she says that our national parks are an incredible bargain. $25 for a seven-day access pass to gain use of terrain like this. You just can't beat it! Great day and great way to end our summer hiking season. Bring on winter!

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Very nice.  We are heading out to Whitefish and Glacier for a week starting September 6!

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Beautiful shots! Thanks a lot for posting them. We did this hike also, on August 8. Also did the Highline Trail from Logan Pass to Granite Chief chalet, breathtaking. This was our first trip to Glacier and we loved it. Will be back for sure!

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Beautiful shots! Thanks a lot for posting them. We did this hike also, on August 8. Also did the Highline Trail from Logan Pass to Granite Chief chalet, breathtaking. This was our first trip to Glacier and we loved it. Will be back for sure!

 

We had planned that hike, too. Unfortunately, the weather deteriorated so we 'settled' instead for a hike to Snyder Lake down lower. We'll try to get back soon and get that in as well.

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The one you did was definitely the better of the two in my opinion. Really amazing scenery. Now we are back in CT and planning a couple of hikes in the Adirondacks in October to catch the fall colors.

post #6 of 15

Fantastic. One of the best places on earth...

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Very nice.  We are heading out to Whitefish and Glacier for a week starting September 6!

Better hope it warms up...
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Ha! Some friends of ours just headed over today for hiking in the park over the next five days. He said snow was predicted for Logan Pass. Glad we hit it when we did! Sheesh...it's almost winter already in the high mountains...not such a bad thing....

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We had our first trip to Glacier National Park in late June 2013.  Summer is short up there, as you can see from some of our pics.  Weather was warm but there was still lots of snow in the high country.

 

Many Glacier Hotel and Iceberg Lake June 29: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11025

Swiftcurrent Pass, June 30: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11028

Logan Pass skiing, July 2: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11015

 

Don't miss Waterton NP across the border.

Crypt Lake June 28: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11023

post #10 of 15
My daughter has skied up there twice. Once May 22, 2011, and then this July 4. No pictures of her, though, she had the camera. Got her Nordica blems, though. 10526084_10100249193197069_8126309386611870878_n.jpg?oh=a0499197ee6eae80602a1b9649447f7c&oe=5495377A&__gda__=1418964844_fa7e90e9c07e8fe5999268393637f671

She and her friend took multiple trips up the various ridge lines. He then went with another friend and hiked in and camped up on some glacier. I'd have to look at a map to remember which one. I just know it was several days.
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Depressing that the Glaciers in GNP are almost no more...

 

I was last up that way in the middle 1990's- they were much larger even in that short timeframe.

post #12 of 15

epic photos!

post #13 of 15

how long was your tip?

post #14 of 15

sorry. trip*

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how long was your tip?

 

 

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sorry. trip*

 

Oh, hey! Sorry I missed this earlier. We were in Columbia Falls for a week. We golfed three days and hiked the others. 

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