Avalanche Lake

Meditations On America: Stopping Time In Glacier National Park, Montana

Although we could have done the hike to Avalanche Lake in a quick 3.5-hour round trip, that sort of defeated the purpose.

After all, this was Glacier National Park, one of the most remote and majestic places in the United States, in northern Montana along the Canadian border. It was my first visit and the first time hiking here for Clint, my friend and traveling companion for the day, and we were not likely to return anytime soon. Plus, after months of COVID-19 lockdown, being out in nature felt like a luxury to savor slowly, even on this gray June morning.

So we followed the Going-to-the-Sun Road and took our sweet time hiking, stopping to marvel at gushing ice-blue waterfalls; appreciate the dense forest of western hemlock, red cedar and mammoth, gnarled, overturned roots; and quietly commune from a distance with a family of mule deer.

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  1. Luv me some Glacier….been lucky enough to be working in Kalispell for last 5 years, approx3-4 times a year. I have gone into Glacier several times, it’s a new adventure every time….. I have now picked up “3” broken down hitchhikers. Its been hilarious the awkward luck I have had w/ that..the most recent one was in July 2020 on my way to the East entrance, I picked up a 23 yr old employee of Great Northern White water raft Co. Her work bus had broke down and she said no one was stopping for until I did…good stuff. Luv Glacier! Thanks for your article…enjoyed it.

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