Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hike to Avalanche Lake.

Location, West Glacier, MT

Yesterday began with a breakfast of Blue Berry pancakes for the group.

About 10 AM we drove to McDonald Lodge and boarded an old excursion boat for a 1 hour cruise around Lake McDonald. The weather was perfect with nary a ripple on the lake.

View towards the north and Logan Pass.

View to the south.

After the lake cruise we caught a shuttle bus to Avalanche Creek and hiked to Avalanche Lake which is a 4.1 mile round trip hike with a 500 foot elevation gain. The trail is mostly over tree roots and rocks which make for slow going for old people like us. Ten of us made the hike, including Clyda. She was slow but persistent.

At the lake we took pictures and had lunch.

The trip back took as long as the trip in but seemed a little easier because of the drop in elevation. Altogether it took us 4 hours to complete the hike. By the time we got to the truck we all were beat. However, a few adult beverages and we all felt much better.