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September in Glacier National Park

 

September in Glacier National Park
Up at 4:15am. out the door 2.5 hours later.

 

Chief Mountain
Chief Mountain (top center) from the crest of Highway 89. From this point, you only notice it for a second and then it’s gone. Here’s what it looks like 20 miles closer.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Coming down into St Mary. Photo somewhere near 6,000′ altitude.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Fall.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Looking West, Southwest.

 

September in Glacier National Park
St Mary Lake on left. Driving to Rising Sun.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Stunning.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Owned the place with a few others.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Winterized.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Winterized all the way around.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Iconic Wild Goose Island in St Mary Lake.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Lost Lake goes unnoticed to most visitors. It is 15 steps from Going to the Sun Road.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Lost Lake.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Lost Lake.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Fall foliage.

 

September in Glacier National Park
From the 2015 fire.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Made it to Logan Pass before 10am.

 

September in Glacier National Park
Logan Pass. Tomorrow (September 30) is the last day the Visitor’s Center is open for 2017.

 

Never hike alone.

But i’m alone on this trip.

A first.

Because i tested the drive time (after Hidden Lake Trail hike yesterday) from Logan Pass to Apgar, “without stopping”, was confident it could be done in 2.5 hours or less.

So the drive to St Mary was 90 minutes yesterday morning. Only stopping for Chief Mountain and St Mary Lake overlook.

The plan kinda fell apart from St Mary to Logan Pass.

Why?

Because i had a Verizon signal all the way to Baring Falls.

So i was able to text photos to special people, including some business contacts. And because of Lost Lake. And because it was so remarkably peaceful without any traffic.

Never knew Verizon carried that far.

As soon as i lost Verizon, it was a push to the top.

Arrived just before 10am.

Got front row parking (again).

Next up, adjust clothing for wind chill and the shade that will last at least the first hour on Highline trail.

In Orlando, i had already analyzed a hike to Haystack Butte, lunch there, and hike back to Logan Pass.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five different sites.