From Hamilton, MT we packed up camp on the banks of the Bitter Root River and traveled north to Glacier National Park. The drive was beautiful passing by Flathead Lake nestled in the rustic view of the surrounding Rocky Mountain chain. We arrived at our campsite at the family owned Glacier Campground conveniently located just a mile from the entrance to west Glacier National Park.
We start our day by visiting the Apgar Visitors Center and meeting up for our first hike of the day, The Oxbow Stroll. The stroll was a short ranger guided hike up to a bend on McDonald Creek where a variety of wild life can be seen at certain times of the year. We learned a great deal about the nature of plant and animal life in the park.
Following our hike we traveled north into the park to visit the lovely Lake McDonald Lodge nestled on the shores of Lake McDonald. Built in the early nineteen hundreds McDonald Lodge is a marvel of craftsmanship built from logs harvested from the surrounding forest. The view of Lake McDonald is spectacular with a small stream tumbling into the lake just beside the Lodge.
We finished the day with a hike on the Trail of the Cedars Nature Trail located at Avalanche point. Due to the heavy snows during the winter The Going to the Sun Road was closed beyond this point. This is the latest it has been closed due to snow removal at Logan Pass.