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  • tluxon
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    I think the boys will be sleeping well tonight! We walked the Trail of the Cedars, then our oldest insisted on going all the way up to Avalanche Lake. Magnificent geology and views and we hadn't even started up the pass yet!

    We made our way (unbelievable views and what a road!) to the top of Logan Pass and cruised around the parking lot for a good 10 minutes before being one of the lucky ones nearest a car pulling out, LOL!

    We went a little way up the Hidden Lake trail from the Logan Pass visitor center before deciding that the view looking up was good enough for us. Then we went a short distance down the Highline Trail to get some of the breathtaking helicopter-like views right from the side of the mountain.

    After going east of Logan Pass a ways, we found a good lookout to stop at and then turned around to head back. On the way back down, we stopped at a few of the turnouts we had bypassed on the way up.

    All in all, we were awestruck at the creative uniqueness of the vast variety of geology and geography we saw today. I would sure like to go back and spend much more time in this place, but the boys are saying they're all scenery'd out for now.

    Our oldest got the best pictures, but I haven't gotten them off his camera yet. Here's a few of the ones I managed to take.
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  • JPT51
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    Cram as much as you can and then come back for more

    Take the tour of the Going-To-The-Sun Road in the restored touring bus - it's a gas!
    1930s White Glacier National Park Red Bus

    If you have time the second day, drive to Waterton, Canada and eat at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Prince of Wales Hotel | Waterton-Glacier National Park | National Park Reservations

    See the view and wildlife at Logan Pass. If time permits, visit some of the lodges, ie. Swiftwater
    Montana's Glacier National Park - Lodging, scenic tours, hotels

    If you can complete a 3 mi hike (in and out) visit Avalanche Lake or do some of the Highline Trail. Either will provide breath taking views. The park is full of them.
    Last edited by JPT51; 08-29-2009, 02:12 AM.

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  • drfife
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    Tim, glad you made it.

    You'll enjoy Glacier National Park.

    Here's a pic of our camper at North American RV Park when we were there in 2002:
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  • tluxon
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    We're here at North American RV Park, and it's pretty toasty outside. The only shade on our site is made by the RV, LOL!

    We had an awesome and memorable time during our two days at the Silverwood Theme Park. They've expanded their water park since we were last there - adding another huge wave pool and a giant tube (4 to 6 people) ride called "Avalanche" that turns you nearly upside down on corners as you navigate from high up a hill to a deep cut "lake" some 50-75 feet below ground level. We took so many thrilling rollercoaster rides that we all practically lost our voices "living it up". What a great way to put aside impending health issues for a few days!

    So now we're hoping to slow it down just a bit and enjoy some of the best nature has to offer. Surprisingly, when we left the Silverwood RV Park this morning, we didn't even know for sure which direction we were going to take, as it was tempting to take the short 45-minute drive over to the Little Diamond Thousand Trails and save ourselves some much-needed money. Torn by the thought that we might not have a better opportunity to experience Glacier National Park, we took a right instead of a left and 4-1/2 hours later pulled in here.

    Believe it or not, we've gotten to rely on our GPS so much (which is a scary thought, because it has betrayed me on a few occasions!) that I forgot to even bring a map. That's our next get.

    Thanks for the advice given so far. That gives us a great place to start come morning.

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  • whereigo
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    Getting around without driving, is not hard and its free, it takes time but why hurry. The transportation center has information the van bus comes every 30 minutes when they run (not sure if they stop by a certain date)

    Last edited by whereigo; 08-26-2009, 02:15 AM.

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  • whereigo
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    If you mean the North American RV park which is outside west glacier, some musts

    Going to the sun road, get information from the ranger when you enter ($25) on stops along the road. The closest to where you are are as follows but you can ride in a bus/van for free and not drive ! (second post)

    Apgar Village, has a ranger station, and real nice views of the lake


    Then up the road to trail of the cedars, real nice hike even if you do the short version



    Lots of nice stops along the way to Logans Pass, busy busy place and lots to see some nice hikes if your up for it. Or plenty of places to stop for pictures, here is a preview of the ride all the way to Many Glacier in July 2009 Slideshow of pictures, photos, and videos, from webshots

    The other post has a Logans Pass hike picture to hidden lake, that is uphill going but worth it.
    Last edited by whereigo; 08-26-2009, 02:13 AM. Reason: SP

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  • drfife
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    Originally posted by tluxon View Post
    We've got reservations at the Great American RV Park just to the southwest of GNP coming up. If we have permission from Beverly's oncologist, we'll probably make the trip, but will only have a couple days there (3 nights).

    Any suggestions for a good cost-effective and time-efficient way to see the best parts of the Park in two days?

    Thanks!
    Drive the Highway to the Sun Highway and stop along the way. Skip the open tour touring cars if you are only there a couple of days.

    Take your towing mirrors are off before you make the drive. There are many narrow passages along the way.
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  • tluxon
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    Suggestions for 2 days at Glacier Nat'l Park?

    We've got reservations at the Great American RV Park just to the southwest of GNP coming up. If we have permission from Beverly's oncologist, we'll probably make the trip, but will only have a couple days there (3 nights).

    Any suggestions for a good cost-effective and time-efficient way to see the best parts of the Park in two days?

    Thanks!
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