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Goat Mountain with Otokomi Lake

Goat Mountain with Otokomi Lake

Goat Mountain sits proudly above Otokomi Lake and Goat Lake. To the east you have St. Mary Lake, some foothills, then the vast plains. Views in all other directions are of Glacier National Park’s peaks with Going-to-the-Sun Mountain and Mahtapi Peak dominating the views up to Siyeh Pass. We were looking for a nice climb […]

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Riddle Lake

Riddle Lake

Riddle Lake in Yellowstone National Park sits near the Continental Divide and serves as a nesting site for swans which closes it for much of the summer season. A fall trip to this lake is a nice level stroll to a quaint body of water surrounded by grassy meadows and filled with waterfowl. It took […]

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Mt. Washburn via Chittenden Road

Mt. Washburn via Chittenden Road

A trail follows the old Chittenden Road to Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone National Park. While this approach isn’t as popular as the route from Dunraven Pass, it is shorter and has plenty of views. It was a cooler day with more wind on my second time up to Mt. Washburn. I drove north past Dunraven […]

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Divide Trail

Divide Trail

The Divide Trail in Yellowstone National Park is a steady climb through an older forest along the Continental Divide to an old lookout site. Aside from a brief glimpse at the beautiful Shoshone Lake, it lacks any views you might hope for, including at the site of the old lookout. In between Old Faithful and […]

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Yellowstone Lake Overlook

Yellowstone Lake Overlook

The Yellowstone Lake Overlook in Yellowstone National Park is a nice loop to an overlook of the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake. This short hike starts at the West Thumb Geyser Basin parking lot and gains some elevation while passing by a couple of hydrothermal features. I started out at the far end of the parking […]

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Avalanche Peak

Avalanche Peak

Avalanche Peak in Yellowstone National Park is a short, steep hike gaining over 2,000ft of elevation gain in approximately two miles. The rewards for your efforts are in epic views that come in spades. While the first half of the hike is in the trees, the second half is on a lunar landscape with peaks […]

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Jake Presentation

“All About Glacier” Lecture Series

I’m pleased to let you know about a free presentation I’m doing next Wednesday night, November 12th at 7pm in the Arts and Technology Building at Flathead Valley Community College. I’m going to be presenting on my summer of 2011 where I hiked all of Glacier National Park’s trails. Click here to see a few […]

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TEDx Whitefish

TEDx Whitefish

I can’t remember the first TED event that I watched online, but I can safely say that I became enamored instantly. I can’t even count how many I’ve watched since then. This year, TED comes to Whitefish, MT in the form of TEDx Whitefish (the ‘x’ meaning that it’s an independently organized event) on January […]

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Touristy Spots

“Touristy Spots” – DVD Excerpt

Before my Hike 734 project, I tended to avoid places where droves of Glacier’s visitors would go to escape the crowds. Part of this was for good reason and part of this was my arrogance. The trouble was, not only did I have an elitist attitude, but I also robbed myself of some incredible spots. […]

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