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    Habitats Can Be Beautiful Too

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Pollock Mountain guards Logan Pass

    Favorite thing: The area around Logan Pass is generally different from every other place along Going to the Sun Road. The mountains tend to be bare here in the higher elevations, and snowbanks tend to mark the roadside even in the middle of July. Near Hidden Lake, rangers will tell you to watch for mountain goats (that's supposing that the parking lot of the visitor center is presently empty of all but human traffic). Above and behind Pollock Mountain across the road from the lot, rangers offer good bets for bighorn sheep. In all cases, the signs warn for grizzly bear activity, but common sense and sharp eye will generally arm you against sudden surprises.

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    Not All is Green and Lustrous

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    aretes on the Iceberg Lake trail

    Favorite thing: Since Glacier was in fact carved by glaciers, evidence of this past transformation lies in the stony and rutted faces of mountain cliffs in the high country. Park maps identify the Garden Wall and the Highline trail and 'aretes' to signify these naked sheets of stone where nothing grows and nothing lives but the mountain goats. The good news is that most of what lies at the foot of these often snow-laden walls is green and luscious and thriving in plant and animal life.

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    Your Horned Hosts

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    mountain goat near Logan Pass

    Favorite thing: Mountain goats typically frequent the central areas of the park where the winds and setting are harshest. While they tend to stay on steep cliffs far and away from the road, it is hardly uncommon for a goat to approach the road, or in this case the visitor center at Logan Pass.

    Fondest memory: Wildlife often appear at the road: mule deer, bighorn, mountain goats, coyotes, elks. The bears generally require a little (or lot) more work. The elks generally rest on the eastern side of the park along a stretch called Two Dog Flats.

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    The Park Road Experience Continued. . .

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    McDonald Creek valley, western half of the park

    Favorite thing: Traveling the park road is generally the wisest idea for first-timers to any park. It helps to familiarize you to what the park has to offer, passes various trailheads, gives you an idea of the ruggedness around you, and lets you see everything there is to see if you choose not to leave the car.

    Fondest memory: The views are everchanging throughout this park, from glacial lakes and streams in their forest settings in the low country, to avalanche chutes and snowdrifts in the middle altitudes, to snowladen steppes and krummholz at the higher elevations.

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    Seasonal Changes in Park and Wildlife

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    ptarmigan, summer -- Kootenai Lakes trail

    Favorite thing: Snowshoe hares, ptarmigans and many other creatures have different coats for summer and winter. The snowshoe hare is fairly abundant in the park and is easily identified by his year-round white socks. The ptarmigan is a robust bird that is a favorite with the coyote and weasel. Watch for hens with little broods of day-old chicks crossing your trail.

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    Amateur Geology for First-Timers and Old-Hatters

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Deadman Falls (off Jackson Glacier overlook)

    Favorite thing: Most of the visitor centers (especially that at St Mary's) will give you an idea of different kinds of sedimentary rocks that are found here (I won't attempt to describe them officially). Just note that certain peaks are so composed of colorful sedimentation that their names often reflect those colors. Take Red Eagle Mountain -- does anyone who knows this peak not take it for a red locomotive? Other strata show green and purple and red and brown. You'll notice these different layers throughout the park.

    As always however, the water is ice-green wherever you turn.

    Fondest memory: The ice-green glacial water spruces up any setting, but when surrounded by towering peaks and sprawling forests, how can you stop to notice any one element alone?

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    Spend some time skimming along the creek

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    McDonald Creek

    Favorite thing: McDonald Creek is among the most beautiful glacial creeks in the park. It runs next to Going to the Sun Road on the western side before emptying into Lake McDonald. You can see both features from close to the top of the road, another one of the wonderful vistas offered by the park.

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    Logan Pass is a good place to leave the car

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Logan Pass, covered with snow in mid-July

    Favorite thing: At the top of the road, you can hike out into the snowfields even in the middle of July. There are wonderful vistas here and remarkable views of the surrounding mountains. The book store inside the visitor center and the helpful rangers will get you started in making the most of your time.

    Watch for bighorn sheep behind Pollock Mountain and the mountain goats which frequent this place.

    Fondest memory: This is mountain goat territory. Be patient. Their white hides blend in well with the snow-covered landscape and will sometimes frustrate photography.

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    A tour of Going to the Sun -- just for starters

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Near Heaven's Peak on Going to the Sun Road

    Favorite thing: You can get a terrific perspective of what this park has to offer by traveling the Going to the Sun Road. From Lake McDonald to St Mary Lake (west to east) the road travels through thick forests, passes 1,000 foot cascades, beautifully carved mountains, banks of snow, 1,000 foot drop-offs, mountain streams, avalanche chutes, and among the most gorgeous lakes you'll see anywhere.

    Fondest memory: The lake settings, the waterfalls, and the cool green water of glacial lakes and streams are found everywhere in the park.

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    A Big Horn Sheep

    by bdbrewer Written Feb 25, 2003
    On The Way Up The Hill

    Favorite thing: It's Animals

    Fondest memory: On the way up this mountain to see a water fall, I encountered this Big Horn Sheep. He was wary of me and constantly watched me out of the corner of his eye. However, he was not going to give ground and surrender his territory.

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    Watch The Wild Life

    by bdbrewer Written Aug 29, 2002

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    Baby Mountain Goat

    Favorite thing: Watching the animals

    Fondest memory: This little fellow was on top of a boulder and shaking profusely and crying for his Mommie. They wandered off and left him there, where we continued to see him wandering around (after managing to get down), still crying and shaking.

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    Stratification along the mountainside

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    On the Grinnell Glacier Hike

    Favorite thing: This photo shows the exposed stratified rock that has been left barren by erosion. One of the many geology lessons that can be learned by hiking the trails and picking up literature along the way.

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    Very tall mountains and waterfalls everywhere

    by spartan Written Feb 25, 2003
    The solitude of Baring Falls

    Favorite thing: The sheer enormity of the park...the drive along the "Going to the Sun Road" is breathtaking!!!

    Fondest memory: For $10.00 you get to experience one of the great natural wonders on the earth.

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    A Cold Hike Between Two Lakes

    by bdbrewer Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It's Lakes

    Fondest memory: Taking a boat from the Lodge across a lake. Disembarking and hiking to another lake, where we got on another boat, crossed that lake, and then hiked back to the lodge.

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