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Glacier National Park

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Logan’s Pass at Sunrise. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

I have been struggling with writing this post. The whole time we were in Glacier, for eleven days, I pondered about what to say about Glacier National Park. Several people I know, friends and family, who have visited this park say it’s their favorite.

I can imagine that during the summer the scenery must be stunning. However, for our trip, I guess we had just too much weather. Just about every other morning was cloudy, most days would break, but not for very long. A lot of evenings were cloudy as well.

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Lake MacDonald near Apgar Village at Sunrise. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

When you do a lot of sunrise photography, it is a real bummer. We kept going out the morning after morning. The days when the weather was wet, rainy, and windy we visited the far corners of the park including Two Medicine and Many Glaciers.

I will say Glacier National Park has the clearest water I’ve ever seen. River, lake, stream, everywhere we went, the water was pristine.

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Lake MacDonald. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

When the weather in the later morning/early afternoon was better we did hikes. But the fog and the mist meant viability of just a few feet in front of you and no real opportunity for photos.

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Andi on the Hidden Lake Trail above Logan’s Pass.

Glacier is one of the best parks for star photography, but not when there is cloud cover and we attempted several nights before getting a break one night. It wasn’t great for Milky Way because the moon was too bright, but we could see the potential for some really awesome shots. We didn’t get any. (This time.)

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Avalanche Creek Gorge. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

But every trip up to Logan’s Pass was 90 minutes long, following people who really don’t know how to drive in the mountains, and that got tiring after six or seven days.

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Wild Goose Island on St. Mary’s Lake. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

All this to say, I think we will have to come back, maybe a different time of year to really appreciate why people love it so much.

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Red Rock Point, MacDonald Creek. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

Despite everything, Mr. Misadventures took some gorgeous shots, most I can’t share here because when I reduce the panoramics in width, they become too small to see. 

How about you? Have you been to Glacier National Park? What was your favorite thing about the park?

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38 Comments

  1. What a breathtaking place! Would love to visit in person. I’m sorry the weather did not cooperate. As a photographer myself I can appreciation how frustrating that must have been!

  2. These photos are amazing! What a cool place to visit! I feel like it would be like living in a postcard!

  3. I haven’t been but I have friends who have and their “amateur” photos are stunning. The scenery really is just incredible during good weather (though I have to say I think that sunrise over Lake MacDonald photo is one of my favorites you’ve ever shown of Mr. Misadventure’s). I think you should give it another chance “on your way” back to Oregon. 🙂

  4. Although I’ve never been to Glacier National Park, just from the few photos here, I can understand why people love it. That’s such a bummer that you had bad weather for your time there, Andi, I know what that’s like and it’s beyond frustrating. I hope you do get a chance to return and that Mother Nature is kinder to you next time. I’m off to check your husband’s photos! Can’t wait to see them!

  5. I’m sorry the weather didn’t cooperate with you for your trip. The pictures you did get were beautiful regardless though!

  6. What a magnificent landscape and memorable place to visit. I’ve added it to places I’d love to see in the US.

  7. What an amazing national park! I have to admit I haven’t visited any national parks in the USA. We have some amazing parks in Canada that remind me a lot of Glacier park. The colours are stunning this time of year and I am glad the mist listed so you could share them with us!

  8. I love the great view of this beautiful national park. I love the great blog posts you do. It is definitely making me want to visit there even more

  9. The pictures are beautiful! I haven’t had the privilege of going there, but I would love to. Maybe next time you’ll go it will be better! 🙂

  10. It has been a number of years since I have been to Glacier National Park. Thank you for reminding me of the beauty. I would love to make a trip there again.

  11. This place is amazingly beautiful.. what beautiful pictures.. Maybe someday I can take the grandchildren..

  12. The very first time we went to Montana (summer 2011), it rained every day for the three weeks we were there so we didn’t even get to see Glacier. The second time (summer 2014), the weather was absolutely dreamy and I got what all the hype was about.

    I hope you get to return in better conditions!

  13. I haven’t visited Glacier National Park, but hope to get there soon. With the onset of global warming, no doubt that it’s changing.

  14. From pictures it’s always looked beautiful but when the weather doesn’t cooperate, that definitely makes it rough. :[ I hope you get to go back sometime to experience it on clear days! (Fingers crossed that I’ll get good weather when I someday go too! *-*)

  15. I get it – my first trip to Glacier was disappointing due to the weather. We went the last weekend in August a few years ago and all we had was rain, sleet and snow for our 4 days in the park. I returned last summer in better weather and had a better experience! Hopefully you can return at some point because its beautiful when the weather cooperates!

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