Sunday, March 29, 2015
Spring Break with Dad (Day 2) - Lake McDonald
Today we returned to Glacier National Park for a day hike around part of the opposite side of Lake McDonald. We parked our car near a closed gate past the Apgar visitor center and then began hiking towards Fish Creek Campground and then on towards Rocky Point and then a bit beyond that for about 45 more minutes. We didn't really have an objective in mind, and the trail we were on was 6 miles long, which we didn't have time to do in full, but we were out on the trail for around 4 hours.
We saw only 4 other hikers on the trail today, so, again, it felt we had this bit of Montana wilderness all to ourselves. Most of the trail went through a forested area had been burned in the 2003 Robert Fire, and there was a lot of evidence of natural regeneration.
No rain today, but the weather was chilly and gloriously overcast. It caused the mountains to have a deep blue hue, emphasized by the distance. Their peaks were brilliantly white, a delightful contrasted to the rest of the landscape.
Around 1430 we headed toward the Canadian border, about 2 hours from Glacier National Park. You pull up to a little drive-through-type window and answer a few questions and then you are on your way, into a new country. No stamp on the passport though (grumble).
We got another hour north and then stopped for the night...sight set on Banff National Park for tomorrow.