Favorite. hike. ever.

Upon a scorching hot Florida day in July, a cute little family boarded a plane and escaped to the gorgeous yellow fields, mountain vistas,
and (not-so) cooler temps of the wild west. 
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Into the suitcases went hoodies, scarves, fleece vests, hiking boots, and camera equipment. 
Lots of camera equipment!
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In great anticipation were we of snow…
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snow…

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and more SNOW!
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The snow pack was super deep at the higher elevations due to a late season snow storm back in June.

Which is precisely what led to a 3-hour-long snow ball fight as we hiked Logan Pass.
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Which officially makes this year at Logan Pass the kiddo’s favorite hike ever
(This photo was taken just after father and son slid down the hill together. Just another reason.)
Favorite hike ever.

Alpine Zone Fauna on Logan’s Pass, Glacier National Park

Logan’s Pass is one of the few places in Glacier National Park where you are nearly guaranteed to see wildlife up close and personal.

It’s one of the few trails where you can drive your car into the
alpine zone to catch the trail head, and then the shorter hike (3 miles round trip) makes the trail accessible to a wider range of visitors.

The animal photos are great because it’s such a busy, popular trail, the animals have grown accustomed to the presence of humans and don’t feel at all shy. In fact, they seldom feel compelled to move out of the way.

It kinda looks like a petting zoo.
With really steep sides.
And no fences.

In fact, we have always found ourselves sharing the trail with mountain goats, big horn sheep, and marmots for sure!

I just love taking animal photos. It’s such a treat.

Unlike a landscape that tends to stay put, your subject has free will and a mind of their own so it’s a special pleasure when you hit the shutter button and get rewarded with an extra cute animal shot.

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Look maaaa…where my horns will come in!
Where I Roam, Logan's Pass, Glacier National Park, Animal Life

Where I Roam, Logan's Pass, Glacier National Park, Animal Life
Oversized guinea pig? No! It’s a marmot! Last year, I’d never seen one before.
Where I Roam, Logan's Pass, Glacier National Park, Animal Life

Two marmots sitting on a rock, s-u-n-n-i-n-g.
First comes love
Then comes marriage
Then comes…well, you know the rest.
They’re rodents after all.
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Big horn sheep butting heads on the slope. At least I thought it was his head until I zoomed in on the photo. That’s actually one sheep head butting the other sheep’s ass.

I just report what I see. I never claimed to be an expert.
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Mama goats and baby goats…
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And one of the coolest photos of the trip! And officially my new header!
Where I Roam, Logan's Pass, Glacier National Park, Animal Life

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Logan’s Pass Trail, Glacier National Park

Probably the most popular hike in Glacier National Park is the Logan Pass trail to the Hidden Lake overlook. 

At only 3 miles round trip, it appears to be a minor investment of time and energy with huge rewards: the highest elevation on the Sun Road, hiking over snow fields (even in July!), alpine tundra, lots of wild life, and amazing scenery.

Tourists flock here, piling out of rental cars and RVs, wearing running shorts and flip flops–and take off up the mountain.

Seriously.

Unfortunately, each time that we’ve been there, a visitor has needed to be escorted down the mountain by rangers. Either on a back board or in a helicopter.

Just because it’s one of the shorter, more popular trails in the park doesn’t mean it’s the safest.

So we take the necessary precautions: hiking boots, extra clothes, water, hiking sticks, etc.
Then, we take off up the mountain too! 

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The trail starts at the Logan Pass Visitor’s Center. It’s well maintained with board walks at the lower end of the trail. The stairs help with the initial climb as the elevation rises, but eventually you have to take off over snow field and watch for trail markers.

Where I Roam: Logan Pass Trail, Glacier National Park

A friendly snow ball fight is bound to occur…
Where I Roam: Logan Pass Trail, Glacier National Park

Where I Roam: Logan Pass Trail, Glacier National Park

Bad behavior when hiking.
All I can say is, I really needed sleep.
Where I Roam: Logan Pass Trail, Glacier National Park

Photo op in front of tons of snow. We’re from Florida. It had to happen.
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The views!
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The scenery!
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The photographs!
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The snow!
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The mountains. ♥
Where I Roam: Logan Pass Trail, Glacier National Park

Next up: mountain goats, big horn sheep, and marmots. Oh my!

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[Places I’ve Roamed] Hike to Logan’s Pass + Hidden Lake

In order to see the mountain goats and get a view of Hidden Lake, you first must hike for three hours over miles of snow field. So, that’s what we did.

The great explorers. Like our walking sticks? The sticks actually helped a lot. The terrain was slick and steep.

He conquered the mountain. What pride on the face of a Florida kid seeing snow for the first time!

The pay off? Seeing baby goats. Sooo worth it.

We got to see Hidden Lake too. Not bad. Not as cute as baby goats, but not bad.

Tiring work, hiking snow fields.

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