Glacier National Park: Hidden Lake & Bears!
Glacier National Park has been my favorite place to visit in Montana and yesterday was the best day of all! We woke up early and returned to the Hidden Lake trail head by 8:30. We wanted to try the hike again after we had to cut our hike short because of a hail storm a few days ago.
Our First Bear!
Even before the hike, the excitement began when we saw a black bear on our drive. The bear started going towards a walkway where there were some people walking towards the bear without knowing it was there so my husband yelled out to them and they ran back to their car. The bear ended up ignoring everyone, walked down the road and up a mountainside. We were happy to have finally seen a bear. Plus, saving a life or two is a great way to start your day!
A Grizzly Bear, Too!
Next up, we walked to Hidden Lake. I was really nervous when it started to rain and we were 1 1/2 hour's walk from the car, but it didn't storm today like it did before and all was well. Along the way, we saw our second bear. It was a grizzly bear and nobody seemed to mind that it was so far away. I'm not posting a photo of it - it looks like a brown dot in the picture!
|Logan Pass Mountain Goats on Hidden Lake Hike|
Out of the Way for the Mountain Goats!
We were really excited at the beginning of the hike to see little white dots and to be told they were mountain goats. Little did we know that we'd be walking with quite a few of them later on. We even had to get out of the way for the mountain goats with their babies walking by on the trail. It wasn't frightening - just fascinating and fun!
The almost 6 mile hike down to and back from Hidden Lake took us about 3 hours. There were some steep climbs, but it was worth it and I'm surprised that I'm not sore today. You could see the reflection of the mountains in the lake and wild flowers were everywhere. We brought a picnic lunch to eat there, but the mosquitoes were thick beside the lake so we only stopped for a quick rest and then hiked back.
|Jammer Tour Cars Seen Throughout the Park|
1,000 Bears, Huckleberry Ice Cream and a 4 Mile Run with Zoe
About 1,000 bears live in the park. We were so excited to finally see two of them. After the hike, we stopped at Eddie's outdoor cafe in Apgar Village for a scoop of huckleberry ice cream. Delicious!
Close to the park is the KOA where we're camped in our RV. Today I ran 4 miles on the wooded road out in front of the campground with my dog who has been at a kennel for a few days because dogs aren't allowed on the trails in the park. It felt good to do my longest run since the Missoula Marathon today.