Sunday, November 06, 2016

Many Glacier in late season

Katie at Apikuni Falls

Looking back at Swiftcurrent Peak from Fishercap Lake

Wilbur Creek Falls

Mount Wilbur, Iceberg Notch B-7 Pillar along the Garden Wall

Katie at Lake Josephine with Mount Gould in background
Usually we're backcountry skiing by now, so this late season trip to Many Glacier was a real treat.
It's bone dry here, warm and windy, with temperatures climbing into the 70s on the Great Plains.  There's some snow in the high country, but it is scant.
We did four short hikes in Glacier on Saturday on a day-trip:  Apikuni Falls, Fishercap Lake, Wilbur Creek Falls and Lake Josephine.
The sky was a brilliant, cloudless blue and of course, the park was virtually empty.
I've often felt that the park is wasted by keeping it open for only several months a year.  This is a good example of that.
The colors are gone, the leaves on the ground, and the place has a feel that winter is about to descend.
We drove to the park by way of Valier cutoff, and back down Highway 89.
The Rocky Mountain Front along the way was in spectacular array, knifing to the sky.

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