Outdoor Exploration: Glacier National Park (October 2014)

This weekend, I went up to Glacier NP and the surrounding area for the day to see some fall colors!

Park map

Unfortunately, the Going-to-the-Sun road was closed right before Logan Pass, but we were still able to make it pretty far. My friend Kasey and I entered in West Glacier, like always, and headed up past the Triple Arches, where we had this view:

Mountains!
Mountains!
More mountains!
More mountains!

Next we headed down the Loop Trail and scrambled along some boulders across a waterfall!

Kasey wandering around along the river.
Kasey wandering around along Mineral Creek

We stopped along the road on the way back to the entrance:

Kasey along McDonald Creek.
Kasey along McDonald Creek
Trail of the Cedars
Trail of the Cedars

One last stop in the Southern part of the park: Lake McDonald. Check out my post on Instagram below!

Off the end of the dock!
Off the end of the dock!

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The last best place. Lake McDonald, Glacier NP. {#nofilter#iphoneography#montana}

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After heading up the Inside North Fork Road (which was mostly dirt/gravel) –

Flathead National Forest on the way to Polebridge
Flathead National Forest on the way to Polebridge

–  we stopped in Polebridge – one of the smallest towns I’ve ever seen. The lending library was the size of a mailbox and the one cafe they had was shut down for the winter season.

Polebridge Merchantile - the only open store!
Polebridge Merchantile – the only open store!

After the off-road drive to Columbia Falls, we headed to Whitefish for dinner – and stopped at the lake, of course.

Stand-up-paddleboarder on Whitefish Lake.
Stand-up-paddleboarder on Whitefish Lake.

Last stop – sunset on Flathead Lake at Finley Point State Park. Because what could be better to conclude a Western Montana day?

Sunset on Flathead Lake
Sunset on Flathead Lake

*All photos are my own, except the map.

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