July 15th was the beginning of GREAT weather in Glacier. The most popular hike in Glacier is the hike from the Logan Pass Visitor Center to Hidden Lakes Overlook. It is a nearly guaranteed place to see Mountain Goats. Unfortunately, is is so popular that there are times when the parking lot is closed due to it being full. When we were here in 1999 we were unable to get in to the lot to do this hike so we made it our first priority.
The Logan Pass visitor Center and the beginning of the trail
Scenery along the trail
How difficult the hike is depends on how much snow there is and the condition of the snow.
One of the many Mountain Goats along the trail
The view at our lunch stop
Looking the other direction at lunch.
My favorite Mountain Goat photo
More great scenery on the walk back to the truck
As you can see this is a truly spectacular hike. We also saw marmots, and a Big Horn Sheep while on the hike.
Bird Note: We saw several Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches while on the hike. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get any good photos. This url will take you to a picture I found on Flickr of a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch . These birds are only found near retreating ice fields; the last time we saw them was at Tioga Pass just outside Yosemite about 7 years ago.
You can see many many more pictures in the slideshow.
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