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.
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!