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Finding Pikas at Piegan

While the American Pika can be found in talus slopes all over Glacier National Park, Piegan Pass is a wonderful place to look. With the trail cutting through numerous talus slopes, it’s gentle grade, fantastic views, and great chance to see other animals, it’s a great day hike. “Well, I’ve never seen a pika before […]

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Dragon's Tail from Mt. Reynolds summit

Mt. Reynolds and Dragon’s Tail

Mt. Reynolds in Glacier National Park stands prominently above Logan Pass. A ridgeline extends to the south forming another wonderful summit called Dragon’s Tail. While Dragon’s Tail isn’t officially recognized as a high point by the USGS, it is by the Glacier Mountaineering Society. For that reason, and just because it’s there and amazing, we […]

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Big Horn Peak

Sky Rim Trail via Dailey Creek

The Sky Rim Trail borders Yellowstone National Park and the Gallatin National Forest to the north. This trail faithfully follows the sawtooth ridge giving you both incredible views and ample elevation gain culminating to a summit of the rounded, grassy dome of Big Horn Peak. Accessing it via the wonderful meadows of Dailey Creek (Daly […]

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Mt Holmes

Mt Holmes and Trilobite Lake

The long hike to Mt. Holmes in Yellowstone National Park takes you from meadows along creeks, through burn areas, up to barren, rocky landscapes with plenty of views at the site of a lookout. On the way to the lookout, a trail forks off to the small, alpine lake called Trilobite Lake, tucked beneath these rocky […]

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Gunsight Pass

Gunsight Pass 2016

The long and wonderful hike over Gunsight Pass in Glacier National Park is traditionally done as a two day backpacking trip (or a nice stay at the alpine Sperry Chalet), but we decided to tackle it as an incredible day hike. It was a perfect day full of blue skies, stunning lakes, waterfalls, wildflowers, and […]

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Siyeh Pass 2016

Siyeh Pass 2016

Hiking Siyeh Pass in Glacier National Park in July and August inevitably leads to incredible amounts of wonderful flowers and this trip, under a cloudless blue sky, did not disappoint. I was hiking with some friends Mary and Baker who had won a hike with me during the annual Backpacker’s Ball that the Glacier Conservancy puts […]

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Rising Wolf Mountain

Climbing Rising Wolf Mountain

Rising Wolf Mountain prominently sits at the heart of the Two Medicine area in Glacier National Park. The climb is a long slog, but views from the summit are more than rewarding with beautiful valleys, hanging lakes, and summits as far as the eyes can see. A big shout out to Blake Passmore and his […]

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Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake Spring 2016 Bike and Hike

It was a beautiful spring day and we decided to grab out bikes and backpacks and head up to Glacier National Park. I wanted to get a picture of Avalanche Lake on a bluebird day, so we made that our destination. Currently, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed at Lake McDonald Lodge, so we needed to […]

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Fall in Glacier

Swiftcurrent Raptor Count 2015

While spring’s migrations tend to be more intense with all of the waterfowl, I love the fall migration of the raptors. Every fall I head up to Glacier with some of the biologists to count migrating hawks and eagles. While some migration count sites get more hawks than anything else, high up in Glacier’s alpine, […]

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Garden Wall Trifecta

Garden Wall Trifecta

Climbing on top of the Garden Wall in Glacier National Park is one of my favorite places and the three peak day including Bishops Cap, Mt. Pollock, and Piegan Mountain is a spectacular route. While I had already climbed this route a couple of times, including last year for the blog titled “Garden Wall Trifecta“, my wife and […]

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