Swiftcurrent Lookout Early 2015

I’ve been having a lot of emails asking about current conditions in Glacier National Park. I had a free day to sneak up into Glacier. I decided to get into some high country and hiked to Swiftcurrent Lookout. The day started out as a perfect bluebird day. I drove up to the Loop, parked and…

September Raptor Count

On a crisp morning, late in September, I rolled up to the humble building housing the fine folks that run the Citizen Science program in Glacier. We were heading on up to Swiftcurrent Pass for the annual raptor count during the fall raptor migration that starts in September and continues into November. As if I needed…

Climbing Mt. Grinnell

Mt. Grinnell stands tall between two incredible drainages in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park. While not on the Garden Wall, the easiest way to access it is from the Lake McDonald side via the Grinnell Glacier Overlook. I did so with my wife, Kristen, and my buddy Blake Passmore of Climb Glacier…

Grinnell Glacier Basin

Climbing Mt. Gould 2014

Most of Glacier National Park’s visitors are familiar with the Garden Wall. Mt. Gould is the highest point along this particular stretch of alpine spine that dominates the skyline as the Highline Trail traverses it and cars cling to the cliffy edge as they head up towards Logan Pass. Climbers frequent the wall’s peaks for…

Sperry Chalet

Sperry Chalet 2013

Sperry Chalet opened to the public this year on July 10th, but Kathie and her crew who run the chalet opened it one night earlier to help us raise money for the Glacier National Park Conservancy. The weather was perfect for us as we headed up. It got a little warm, but I’ll take sunshine…

Iceberg Lake

Iceberg Peak

Right above one of the more popular destinations in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park, Iceberg Peak looks down upon the gorgeous Iceberg Lake. There are no trails to the top, but you have to walk on one for a bit before the climb. Getting to Iceberg Peak means that you’ll be taking…

Trout Lake trip

Trout Lake

In the drainage just north of Lake McDonald lies the Camas Creek drainage. I’ve titled this as Trout Lake as this is the most famous feature in the area and the name of the trailhead that is the most popular way to access this remote and infamous* area of Glacier National Park. From the trailhead,…

Swiftcurrent Lookout & Swiftcurrent Pass

Swiftcurrent Pass and Swiftcurrent Lookout

For a sunny day version of this trip, click here. The trip up and over Swiftcurrent Pass from Granite Park Chalet to the Swiftcurrent Inn in the Many Glacier valley (with a side trip up to the Swiftcurrent Lookout) is rich with views and wildlife. Unfortunately for this trip, I experienced limited views and limited…

Northern Highline Trail

Northern Highline Trail

A stretch of the Highline Trail, known as the Northern Highline Trail, that is not seen by many day hikers, is just as impressive as its more popular counterpart. It is used by backpackers seeking to go from Logan Pass to Waterton, complete a loop called the “Northern Circle” or by Continental Divide hikers looking…