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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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Morning Eagle Falls

Piegan Pass 2015

While the hike up to Piegan Pass and back is a great trip in Glacier National Park, through hiking this exceptional day trip down to Many Glacier takes it to the next level. Dropping down into Many Glacier has you passing terraced, alpine landscapes, beautiful waterfalls and a series of emerald green lakes in the […]

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Swiftcurrent Lookout

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 […]

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Grinnell Lake

Grinnell Lake Spring 2015

  The Many Glacier Road opened up recently and Kristen and I decided to hike to Grinnell Lake and it was a great day. Being spring in Montana, we got some sunshine and some snow and a lot of Glacier National Park all by ourselves. The trail was mostly clear of snow, but did have […]

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Grizzly Bear

Mt. Brown Lookout Fall 2014

It was the last time we were going heading out for a raptor count up Mt. Brown for the year. While it was chilly to say the least and the eagles were few, a grizzly bear foraging below us made for a memorable day! ( By the way, if you’d like to get involved in future […]

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Immature Golden Eagle

Mt. Brown Raptor Count

I’ve really been enjoying the raptor counts in Glacier National Park. It’s always exciting to see loads of raptors and the company has been great. With Going-to-the-Sun Road being closed at Avalanche Creek, Swiftcurrent Pass was out. The weather precluded us from going on Tuesday, but with a good forecast for Wednesday, I put out […]

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Golden Eagle

Swiftcurrent Raptor Count Part 2

Two weeks had past from my first raptor count when I found myself driving back up to Glacier National Park to do another raptor migration count. While the first trip in late September was a bluebird fall day, we only counted 25 birds. This day in early October was much more dynamic. The clouds were […]

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Momma Dusky Grouse

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 […]

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Redgap Pass from Goat Trail

Ptarmigan Tunnel to Redgap Pass Goat Traverse

The iconic Ptarmigan Tunnel in Many Glacier is a popular day hike. The tunnel is also frequently used by backpackers descending and ascending into the Belly River drainage which is often paired with Redgap Pass to make a loop. For those interested in connecting these two features without losing the elevation via trail, an off-trail […]

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Blake and Kristen on Grinnell small

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 […]

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