Sunday morning we got up early and drove about 2+ hours to arrive at Apgar Campground at the West Glacier entrance by about 9:00.After setting up our tent and making breakfast, we went to the visitors' center to get oriented. After buying a $50 can of bear insurance :) we figured out what hikes we should take. We started right away with Apgar Lookout.
I thoroughly enjoyed the rivers and streams! I miss running water.Lake MacDonald, looking east-ishOur campsite at Apgar.After dinner we went down to the lake.
COLDMonday we slept in a bit, took it easy getting breakfast and then drove around the lake to other end to hike to Mt. Brown lookout. Unlike the 6 mile hike 1/2 up hill the day before, this was 5 miles of gaining almost 1,000 elevation feet per mile.It was tough. By far the most difficult hike we did. I was going SO slow! We were also a little apprehensive as we didn't see anyone for about 2 miles once we split off the main trail. We did lots of whistling, clapping, singing, and talking!It was quite rewarding to come to this switch back and behold this view!A little less rewarding to get to this switch back and see how far away the lookout tower still was!! But we did have fun chatting with two gentlemen from the UK for a bit.Lake McDonald
It was probably 15 degree cooler at the lookout. Plus windy.Notice the waterfalls in this picture. This view was one of our favorites.
We were DONE after that hike, or at least I was. Going down for 5 miles had its own challenges! We had an early dinner, then drove out to West Glacier KOA for showers and laundry. I squeezed every bit of pleasure I could out of that $7 shower! So nice to be clean again.The next morning we got up early, quietly packed up the tent, had a snack and drove "Going to the Sun Road" east. What a crazy road!
Carwash?This is looking up to Logan Pass from the east side. We drove up there and down the other side to Rising Sun campground. Set up camp, had breakfast, then drove back up to Logan Pass.See how the road construction is? Yeah... And some places that rock wall on the right was missing and was a concrete block... Very reassuring.Looking back at the road we'd come up.Rising Sun campground is a little more exposed, not as many trees, windier. We were glad to find this campsite snug up against a steep hill/cliff with trees all around, and off the road a bit too.
On our way back up to Logan Pass to hike.As we looked out on this striking view, I noticed little black ants on the snow down from the peak on the right. I dug my binoculars out and sure enough, people were hiking across that snow field!Struck my patriotic chord! Had missed not doing anything for Canada Day a few days before.To my surprise the hike we wanted to do to Hidden Lake lookout was the one across that snow field! The alpine meadows were beautiful. Tiny yellow flowers were blooming where the grass had turned green.Felt pretty epic with that towering rock peak stretching up next to us. Just kinda kept taking my break away.Basically the Continental Divide!
Matthew the Explorer! Backpack, hydration pack, GoPro, and bear spray.Like I said, with the snow, being right up in those rock crags - it felt exotic.
First glimpse of Hidden Lake
I enjoyed observing things up here. I felt a bit more in my natural habitat with the snow and was noting which direction the wind makes it drift up on the peaks and things like that. In the picture below, those distant peaks in the middle are pretty rugged and had some dark clouds. There was a lot of snow on those.Baby Mountain Goat!I'm going to end this post here! It is kind of long. This way you can see more pictures and I can work on the next post next week! It will start with our waterfall hikes that we did that afternoon.