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St. Mary Peaks

In his canonical text “A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park”, the patron saint of climbing in Glacier National Park, J. Gordon Edwards exclaimed that the “Saint Mary Valley provides enough challenging destinations to keep most mountaineers occupied for several…
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St. Mary Lake

Saint Mary Lake is the second largest and third deepest lake in Glacier National Park. Controversy surrounds the name of this lake, whether it was an adapted name from the native name of “Sacred Woman Lake” or whether the famous…
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Wild Goose Island

Wild Goose Island is one of the most photographed features in Glacier National Park, due to its proximity to the Going-to-the-Sun Road. In reality, were Saint Mary Lake to be drained somehow, Wild Goose Island would appear as a small…
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Goat Lake

Goat Lake is basically a lake within Goat Mountain, near Saint Mary Lake. Although there is no trail to the lake, it can be seen from nearby highpoints such as Dead Horse Point (this picture is from that viewpoint), Otokomi…
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Beargrass

Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) is the official flower of Glacier National Park. Closely related to the lily family, this luxuriant plant thrives in post-wildfire habitats and is often one of the first plants to recolonize. Rhizomes of the plant are able…
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Swiftcurrent Pass

Swiftcurrent Pass is the climax of Glacier’s most famous hike, the Highline Trail. Most hikers begin at Logan Pass, crossing over the continental divide above Granite Park chalet to finish at Swiftcurrent Motor Lodge. The chain of lakes in the…
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Skyline

The “Skyline” is a mountaineering route established by Glacier National Park’s “patron saint of climbers” J. Gordon Edwards. The Skyline involves a trail hike up to Piegan Pass from Many Glacier Hotel, a class-3 scramble to the top of 10,014…
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Many Glacier Hotel

Many Glacier Hotel is truly one of the iconic lodges in the entire American national park system. Built in 1915, “The Showplace of the Rockies” was originally owned by the Great Northern Railroad. This Swiss chalet-themed lodge sits on the…
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Grinnell Lake

Grinnell Lake is another often-visited destination, but the landscape is so beautiful we had to include it. Grinnell Lake is fed directly by Grinnell Glacier and thus the color of the lake changes with the summer snow-melt (and glacier-melt) from…
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