Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Glacier trip on Mother's Day

Mount Grinnell in Many Glacier area
It may be in the 70s here in Great Falls, but over the weekend we found chilly, if clear weather and lots of great snow at both Two Medicine and Many Glacier.
We enjoyed an early season meal at Serrano's Mexican Restaurant in East Glacier Park and stayed the night at the Mountain Pine Motel, and took a peek at Two Medicine, now that the road is open to the lake.
Snowplows cut a great path into lake parking lot, exposing four and five feet of snow.
The highlight of the post-supper trip was sighting a pretty good sized moose.
There was plenty of snow on the lake, and evidence of fresh avalanche on Rising Wolf and Apistoki mountains' flanks.
The normally boisterous Red Rock Falls, subdued by snow.
It snowed much of the night and we awakened to about 7 inches of new, wet snow on the ground.
Not too much was opened in East Glacier yet ---- Brownie's for baked goods, Serrano's, the Merc, of course, and the Mountain Pine.
After breakfast on Sunday we headed to St. Mary by way of Looking Glass Pass, going around the "Road Closed," sign.  We had no trouble negotiating that high piece of road.
St. Mary was even less alive than East Glacier.  The Going to the Sun Road on the East Side is closed beyond the St. Mary Campground for roadwork until late June.  The lodge is closed.  Pretty dead.  Sad to see a closed Park Cafe and realize that it is no more, a memorable part of Glacier's culture.
On to Many, where the road was clear to Swiftcurrent parking lot.  The sky opened up and the day was fantastic.
We donned snowshoes (we could have used skis) and shoed the two miles up the Swiftcurrent trail past the Red Rock Falls, enjoying the sunlight and scouting the hillsides, which were full of bighorn sheep and some mountain goats.  No alpine flowers yet, though.

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