We hiked around Glacier that day for quite awhile. We took off to the Avalanche Creek Campground and Trailhead. After studying the map, we hiked down Avalanche Creek Trail and then on to Hidden Lake Trail. The hike was about 5 miles there and back. It was a great start to our experience and a good work out. We brought our lunch and had our eyes out for bears. Since Yellowstone, we had kept our eyes peeled for possible bear sightings. We didnt want to actually see one up close just in the distance or something. Unfortunately we were let down and never saw one.
That afternoon, we drove down to Apgar Village, which is the main village hangout area in the park. We looked in some shops and let our mouths water smelling all the delicious foods from all the eateries. That night, we made another delicious camp-stove dinner and made a plan for the next day. We decided to head up the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The road is suppose to be one of prettiest drives in all of America. We woke up and caught a ride up the mountain via the Glacier Transit System. Now the transit system was brand new two years ago. I guess they are still working out kinks within the system cause we had to wait more often that not longer than we wanted to. We finally got to a node in our destination: Logan Pass. The Logan Pass is the highest point in which the Sun Road goes, a whopping 6,500 ft.
From there we hitched another ride on a different bus to St. Mary’s Falls Trailhead. St Mary’s Falls and Virginia Falls werent far hikes at all, about 4 miles roundtrip. Mary wanted to see some waterfalls on this trip, so I said okay lets go see your waterfall. The hike was beautiful and much different that the Hidden Lake Trail. St. Mary’s Falls wasnt much of site to see but Virginia Falls was worth the wait.
So once we got back to Logan Pass we checked out the gift store and visitors center. We then proceed to check out this really long hike called the Highline Trail. It was a pretty flat hike that followed the Garden Wall 7.6 miles to Granite Park Chalet where you can reserve a nights stay. The trail then breaks off to several longer trails or you can take a 4 mile downhill hike to the Going-to-the-Sun Road and transit ride home. Mary and I thought that the start of the hike looked uber cool and we therefore had to try it.
We hiked about 3 miles in and decided it was getting too late in the day for us to finish it. We decided to return tomorrow and conquer the longest hike either one of us had attempted. We resupplied and got lots of rest. The next morning we parked our car at the end of the trail and took the transit to Logan Pass. Our real adventure begins!
More pics of Avalanche Creek coming soon!