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Old 10-08-2016, 12:21 PM   #15
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Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing. Glacier is my favorite national park!
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Old 10-08-2016, 12:49 PM   #16
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Wow, I'd love to do that sometime. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-08-2016, 12:57 PM   #17
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great job with descriptions and pics...almost feel like i had a vacation..LOL!
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:36 PM   #18
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G N P trip

Looks like a great trip excellent photos . G N P is on our bucket list ! Question--- I noticed in two of your photos in your spot in the RV park you had a great out of the way bicycle rack mounted above the propane tanks. Great idea. WHERE DID YOU GET THAT ? Is it something you fabricated yourself or can it be purchased somewhere ? Thanks TSOMMY
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:02 PM   #19
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I'll be following your post closely and appreciate the information. We are going to Glacier next summer (2017) as our son is getting married there in July. We have our reservations at Glacier Campground already. We're arriving a week early to vacation in Glacier before the festivities.

I'm looking for recommendations on a place to board our dog near W. Glacier for a few days if anyone has suggestions. We will need to move to the wedding location for 3 nights and they don't allow dogs. Too many problems with bears and they will not be responsible.

After Glacier we'll travel to Yellowstone, Tetons, Wind River area, Laramie, Devils Tower, then home to NY through S. Dakota.
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:41 PM   #20
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Looks like a great trip excellent photos . G N P is on our bucket list ! Question--- I noticed in two of your photos in your spot in the RV park you had a great out of the way bicycle rack mounted above the propane tanks. Great idea. WHERE DID YOU GET THAT ? Is it something you fabricated yourself or can it be purchased somewhere ? Thanks TSOMMY
That bike rack is Arvika. A Canadian company. With the exchange rate now it is probably much cheaper than when I purchased in 2013.

http://www.arvika.ca/en/

I can remove the bike carrier off the supports and bolt it on a an optional 2" receiver so I can take the bikes on the tow vehicle for a day bike trip.

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Old 10-08-2016, 04:58 PM   #21
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The next day I went on a solo hike to Cracker Lake. Starting from the campground probably adds another 3 miles to the total hike but with the gorgeous scenery it goes by fast. Cracker Lake is one of the equestrian trails in the park so if you are not up to the hike then take a horse. You travel with a group lead by a couple of expert horse handlers. On the way from the campground you pass by Swiftcurrent Lake and the Many Glacier Hotel. The trailhead is behind the hotel in the back parking lot. Before you enter the valley to Cracker Lake you skirt by the upper end of Lake Sherburne. Lake Sherborne is a reservoir and the water level was much lower compared to our past visits in 2011 and 2012. The reservoir provides irrigation to farms downstream. Looks like they used more water this year. Once past Lake Sherburne you enter the valley which at the head is Cracker Lake.
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Old 10-08-2016, 05:14 PM   #22
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Cracker Lake is a beautiful lake, kinda like Lake Louise in Banff but without all the commercial activities around it. The color is due to the fine silt the runs down from snow melt. The lake is closed to fishing due to the protected Bull Trout that inhabit the lake. There is a backcountry campground at the lake if you desire to backpack. I met a native Montanan at this lake. He described what the park was like 30 years ago. He mentioned there were bigger herds of Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats back then but red eye and other disease has decimated the herds. The last photo shows the beach at the far end of the lake, a nice little beach where I had my lunch before returning. The clouds shown in the photo of the upper Lake Sherburne built up to thunderstorms and the last several miles I hiked back to the campground in rain. This hike is about 15 miles round trip to the campground
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The next day we took one of the other classic hikes from the Many Glacier area, Grinnell Glacier. We had to take a detour on the south side of Lake Josephine due to bear activity on the normal north shore trail which increased the distance a little. The last photo shows the glacier on the far right.
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The next day we packed up and headed over to the west side of Glacier National Park via Highway 2 which skirts the southern and western boundaries of the park. The best route from Many Glacier is via the Duck Lake Road to Browning then on to East Glacier via Highway 2. We camped at Fish Creek Campground in the Park. Again we reserved 6 months in advance. We chose B67. The loop allows generators. With partial sun we were able to use our portable solar panel at times. Most of the sites are pull through but it was a tight squeeze. I had to go around the loop a couple of times to maneuver the Airstream in the correct position. Since my inlaws were camped in the next campsite I was able to park my truck in front of the Airstream
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Great information and pictures. Will be very helpful when planning our trip. Thanks very much.

Also noticed the way you mounted your bikes. Can you share details about the bike rack brand, and thoughts about mounting there vs. at the back of the AS.
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Old 10-08-2016, 06:51 PM   #26
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The following day the wife dropped me off at the Sperry Trailhead adjacent to Lake McDonald Lodge. The goal was to hike to Sperry Glacier and then check our Sperry Chalet. Sperry Chalet is one of two chalets still remaining in the park the Great Northern Railroad built in 1913. The other remaining chalet is Granite Park Chalet located off the Highline trial. It's about 10 miles up to the glacier. While I didn't quite get to the glacier, I needed to hike another 1/2 mile, it was getting late and I wanted to check out the Chalet. Hiking to the intersection to continue to Sperry Glacier is in the forest with few panorama views. It isn't until you turn of the main trail to head up to the glacier do the views open up.
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At the intersection its another 3.7 miles up to the glacier. The climb is dramatic. You exit the tree line and enter an alpine zone of now trees, tarns and some residual snow pack
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From the trail head at Lake McDonald it is a 5000 ft climb to the glacier. The trail climbs from the intersection of the main trial up a valley to a hanging valley with small lakes and some residual snow pack. To get to the glacier and adjacent ice fields you have to get over Comeau Pass. A stairway was blasted back in the 1920s. There are guide wires in the wall to help you climb the stairway. At the top there was a pleasant surprise; a mother mountain goat and her kid.
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