Day 6 (Friday July 15)

For our final day in the park we decided to hike the 12 mile Highline Trail from Logan Pass to the “Loop” on Going to the Sun Road. It was another beautiful day and the hike was full of spectacular views and more wildlife sightings. We stopped for lunch at a great spot that looked down onto Grinnell Glacier where we had been a few days before. It was an absolutely wonderful week in what is often referred to as the “Crown of the Continent”.

Hiking along the Highline trail

Hiking along the Highline trail

A quick break on an uncomfortable rock...thanks for humoring me, guys.

A quick break on an uncomfortable rock…thanks for humoring me, guys.

Another view from the Highline trail

Another view from the Highline trail

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The view looking down at Grinnell Glacier from our lunch spot

The view looking down at Grinnell Glacier from our lunch spot

A black bear sighting on the final stretch of the hike

A black bear sighting on the final stretch of the hike

Day 5 (Thursday July 15th)

Today’s hike took us up to Ptarmigan Tunnel. The hike was about 11 miles round trip with a little over 2,00 feet of elevation gain. The views from the hike were terrific and we were also fortunate enough to see some wildlife. We saw a black bear on the way to the trail and then while hiking we saw a large herd of mountain goats and an enormous moose. After the hike we dipped our feet in the creek and then later that evening we enjoyed various fruit pies at the local Park Cafe and had some laughs around the campfire.

The gang takes a break after arriving at Ptarmigan Tunnel

The gang takes a break after arriving at Ptarmigan Tunnel

A family of mountain goats

A family of mountain goats

A moose hiding among the trees

A moose hiding among the trees

Mr. Whyte and Alec with Iceberg Lake in the background.

Mr. Whyte and Alec with Iceberg Lake in the background.

The group soaks their feet in the creek after the hike.

The group soaks their feet in the creek after the hike.

Day 4 (Wednesday July 14th)

Today we drove over to West Glacier to see a different side of the National Park and to raft through the rapids of the Flathead River. The Flathead runs along the southwestern border of the National Park and is full of class II-III whitewater. The water was cold, but the sun was out. It was a beautiful day and we had a great trip down the river!

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Day 3 (Tuesday July 13)

Today we had gorgeous weather and hiked out to Grinnell Glacier. The trail is about five and a half miles each way a gains a few thousand feet of elevation. This hike provides wonderful views the entire way. We hiked across snowfields and through waterfalls on our way up to the toe of the glacier where we ate lunch. During the hike we saw deer, marmot, ground squirrels, and several bighorn sheep. After the six hour journey we headed back to camp for some cheeseburgers.

Along the Grinnell Glacier Trail

Along the Grinnell Glacier Trail

Mrs. Wilhelmsen points out the Glacier ahead

Mrs. Wilhelmsen points out the Glacier ahead

Crossing a section of snow along the trail

Crossing a section of snow along the trail

Walking through a waterfall along the trail

Walking through a waterfall along the trail

Alec takes in the view

Alec takes in the view

Big Horn Sheep

Big Horn Sheep

The toe of Grinnell Glacier

The toe of Grinnell Glacier

Day 2 (Monday July 11th)

A storm rolled in and it was a cold, cloudy, windy day. We ventured into the park anyway, but when we got there we realized the hiking wouldn’t be great. Some of the group wanted to go anyway so we decided to split. Four went hiking up Sayeh Pass with Mr. Whyte, while two decided to explore the town and relax by the creek outside of the park with Mrs. Wilhelmsen. Sayeh Pass was cold and wet as expected, but was a fun adventure. It turned out there was great weather in town and by the creek. Both groups had a great afternoon. When we got back to the campground we took advantage of the hot tub and the pool and that night we enjoyed some tacos by the campfire.

Switchbacks up Sayeh Pass Trail

Switchbacks up Sayeh Pass Trail

Sayeh Pass

Sayeh Pass

Cooking dinner with shades on to keep the smoke out of the eyes

Cooking dinner with shades on to keep the smoke out of the eyes

Josie among the wildflowers

Josie among the wildflowers