I stayed in Columbia Falls, Montana July 9 – 22. This was about 20 minutes from Glacier National Park. My first full day out, I headed out early in the morning to explore the west side of Glacier NP. I made several stops in the car before getting to Logan’s Pass, the location of a short hike I took.
Lake McDonald early in the morning --
McDonald Creek Valley -
Going to the Sun road cuts through Glacier National Park. Due to snow and some construction, the road did not open until June 21 this year. A couple of years ago it did not open until July 13 due to the heavy snow. It is quite a road and in some places seems like there is not enough room for 2 cars to pass. There were a couple of tunnels on the road and great views everywhere --
My first hike in Glacier was just a short hike in the Logan’s Pass area. I took so much time getting up to Logan’s Pass that I only walked around for about an hour.
There are waterfalls everywhere along the road. Some of them are named waterfalls, such as Bird Woman Falls which you drive over --
Others are not named (or I didn’t find the names) and may just be here because of snow melt --
I took this picture from my car and wouldn’t you know a car would go by me just as I was taking the picture from my moving car so I couldn’t take another! But I liked the picture anyway!!
One day I hiked to St. Mary and Virginia Falls, this is one of the easier hikes in the park – about 4 miles round trip.
St Mary Falls -
While St. Mary and Virginia Falls are the destinations, the cascades, smaller waterfalls and views between the 2 main falls were beautiful.
Virginia Falls -
I found a nice resting spot between the 2 tiers of this falls and enjoyed watching the American Dippers fly around and then dive into the water. A very interesting bird, but they never sat still long enough for a good photo.
On the hike back to the trailhead, I passed St. Mary’s Falls again and enjoyed the falls and blue water again.
I saw a few wildflowers on this trail and at some of the stops I made on Going to the Sun road. I am not sure what the wildflower below is, I think it’s in the lily family.
I enjoyed McDonald Creek many times, sometimes from the road or overlooks and a few times from short walks.