Day 2: Grinnell Glacier Hike by Willis Chung
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  3. Day 2: Grinnell Glacier HikeDay 2: Grinnell Glacier Hike
Arriving at Many Glacier Lodge for 9AM boat to Grinnell Glacier Trail
Glacier National Park, Montana
Some sun, but thick clouds moving in through the valley.
Many Glacier region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Boarding the boat to cross Swiftcurrent Lake at the Many Glaciers Lodge.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Mount Grinnell towers over Swiftcurrent Lake at the boat dock of Many Glaciers Lodge.
First of 2 boat rides to the trail, about 20 minutes each.
Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
Happy boat crew, since there is some sun.
Swiftcurrent Lake, Many Glaciers Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana
Ben kept us entertained as we motored across Swiftcurrent lake. The boats cut 2 miles from the hike.
Steve, another photographer, inspects the rainbow next to Mount Grinnell.
Swiftcurrent Lake, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Well prepared family on the short walk from Swiftcurrent Lake to Lake Josephine.
Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Looking back in the direction of Swiftcurrent Lake. The photo is less gloomy than real life.
Much cloudier on Lake Josephine.
Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Ben suggests that we form a tight circle around him if a bear is sighted during the hike.
Lake Josephine, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
At the boat dock at the start of the hike. Sun coming out, but this will not last.
Lake Josephine, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Heading back for the next group of hikers.
Lake Josephine, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
We all head out briskly towards the Lake Grinnell or Grinnell Glacier trails.
Cataract Creek flowing into Lake Josephine.
Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Looking back after crossing Cataract Creek.
Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Hiker heading towards the Cataract Creek bridge, Many Glaciers region, Glacier Natl Park, Montana
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
The Morning Eagle returns with a new group of hikers, and I am just beginning to start climbing.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Towering above us, there is new snow on the mountains.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Looking back where Cataract Creek flows into Lake Josephine.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Cascade Mountain Ash berries ripening above Lake Josephine
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Lake Josephine, superwide angle view.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Different lichen growing on sedimentary rocks along the trail.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Glimpse of Salamander Glacier, with falls along Grinnell Creek and Grinnell Lake below
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Steve and I taking a break to look at the weather. Getting worse, blowing sleet and rain.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Ticker clouds moving through. Push on and hope or turn back?
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Obviously I pushed on. Sleet and rain not too bad. Above Grinnell Lake now.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Better view of Salamander Glacier and falls on Grinnell Creek as I get closer.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
A bit of clearing, giving me a view of Grinnell Lake.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
The trail leading around Grinnell Lake towards the glacier.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier trail, Glacier Natl Park, Montana.
Sun breaks through for a bit, so I take a photo of Cascade Mountain Ash berries.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Sunlight reflecting off of Grinnell Lake
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
More shafts of sun strike along the mountains surrounding Grinnell Lake.
Nicer view of Salamander Glacier and the falls on Grinnell Creek.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Surrounding peaks still shrouded with clouds and rain. No rainbows up here.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana
Mule deer grazing close by.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana. The animals were spotted for me by Virginia and the North Carolina ladies.
Mule deer keeping a careful eye on the hikers while grazing.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana.
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Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana.
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Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana.
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Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Mule deer checking all around before grazing
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana.
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Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana. The animals were spotted for me by Virginia and the North Carolina ladies.
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Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana. The animals were spotted for me by Virginia and the North Carolina ladies.
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Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Mountain goat way up on the cliff.
Taken on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Many Glaciers region, Glacier National Park, Montana. Spotted me by Virginia and the North Carolina ladies. These are crops from a 24MP RAW image from a Nikon D7100 mounted on a 300mm f2.8 VR + TC17. Shot on a monopod.
Arriving at Many Glacier Lodge for 9AM boat to Grinnell Glacier Trail Some sun, but thick clouds moving in through the valley. Boarding the boat to cross Swiftcurrent Lake at the Many Glaciers Lodge. Mount Grinnell towers over Swiftcurrent Lake at the boat dock of Many Glaciers Lodge. First of 2 boat rides to the trail, about 20 minutes each. Happy boat crew, since there is some sun. Ben kept us entertained as we motored across Swiftcurrent lake. The boats cut 2 miles from the hike. Steve, another photographer, inspects the rainbow next to Mount Grinnell. Well prepared family on the short walk from  Swiftcurrent Lake to Lake Josephine. Looking back in the direction of Swiftcurrent Lake.  The photo is less gloomy than real life. Much cloudier on Lake Josephine. Ben suggests that we form a tight circle around him if a bear is sighted during the hike. At the boat dock at the start of the hike.  Sun coming out, but this will not last. Heading back for the next group of hikers. We all head out briskly towards the Lake Grinnell or Grinnell Glacier trails. Cataract Creek flowing into Lake Josephine. Looking back after crossing Cataract Creek. Hiker heading towards the Cataract Creek bridge, Many Glaciers region, Glacier Natl Park, Montana The Morning Eagle returns with a new group of hikers, and I am just beginning to start climbing. Towering above us, there is new snow on the mountains. Looking back where Cataract Creek flows into Lake Josephine. Cascade Mountain Ash berries ripening above Lake Josephine Lake Josephine, superwide angle view. Different lichen growing on sedimentary rocks along the trail. Glimpse of Salamander Glacier, with falls along Grinnell Creek and Grinnell Lake below Steve and I taking a break to look at the weather.  Getting worse, blowing sleet and rain. Ticker clouds moving through. Push on and hope or turn back? Obviously I pushed on. Sleet and rain not too bad. Above Grinnell Lake now. Better view of Salamander Glacier and falls on Grinnell Creek as I get closer. A bit of clearing, giving me a view of Grinnell Lake. The trail leading around Grinnell Lake towards the glacier. Sun breaks through for a bit, so I take a photo of Cascade Mountain Ash berries. Sunlight reflecting off of Grinnell Lake More shafts of sun strike along the mountains surrounding Grinnell Lake. Nicer view of Salamander Glacier and the falls on Grinnell Creek. Surrounding peaks still shrouded with clouds and rain.  No rainbows up here. Mule deer grazing close by. Mule deer keeping a careful eye on the hikers while grazing. DSN_8079 DSC_8579 DSC_8591 Mule deer checking all around before grazing DSC_8615 DSC_8623 DSC_8625 DSC_8636 DSC_8649 DSC_8663 DSC_8676 Mountain goat way up on the cliff.
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