Glacier National park was quite smoky during our visit. I would have like to have been able to see the views in all their glory. Even with the active fire and smoke it was still pretty spectacular. We spent one full day at the Tetons which is not enough but still provided a comfy campsite for 2 nights, more than ample resources, and lots of opportunity to hike!
We set out in the morning to take the shuttle up to Avalanche Lake were we did a short 5 mile round trip hike that used the Trail of Cedars and Avalanche Lake trails. The views on this hike right from the beginning are amazing. The trees are beautiful and when you enter the Avalanche Lake trail you will not be disappointed by the river view. There are these stellar waterfalls cutting out the rock in smooth curves that I can’t even explain. The water is turquoise and clear and the rocks are colors ranging from deep brown to bright purple and pale turquois.
When you get to Avalanche Lake the trail opens up into a huge natural mountain amphitheater surrounding a glacial lake that is being filled from waterfalls on the mountains. It’s pretty spectacular. There ia 500ft elevation for the first half of the trail. Its listed as an “easy” trail but I noticed a lot of people who were having a hard time with it. I don’t think they understood what a 500ft elevation looks like or use to doing it all at once. The trail is basically up for about 2 miles then you get to the lake and backtrack down the 2 miles. Add an additional mile if you incorporate the Trail of Cedars (which you should)
We took the shuttle up Logan Pass to the main visitor center where I didn’t a quick hike to Hidden Lake. With the smoke it was completely “obscured lake” It was also a 3 mile round trip with lots of stairs and uphill to get there. It was not hard but again elevation is a real leveler when it comes to cardiovascular health. Jacque had the remnants of a chest cold and didn’t want to travel up to the smoke, the trail is very crowded so there was no harm in going up on my own. Took me about 40 minutes at a fast pace to get there and back. I think it would be worth it if you could see.
We spent the rest of the day walking around some gift shops, showering, and playing around the campsite. The next day we head out for North Dakota and BB’s house! The plan is to take the northern route and hope to see a few things on the way home. I wish I had seen an Elk or a Moose in my trips between Wyoming and Idaho. I would like to come back to Glacier and do some of the more wilderness and alpine hikes. This will go on the list to revisit!