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Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

I only visited Glacier National Park once, but am always dreaming of returning to this park. Some of my favourite memories of visiting National Parks are from Glacier National Park. Both the landscape, the amazing hikes, as well as the abundance of wildlife, has made this one of my favourite places in the world.

All the photos in the collage below are clickable, so you can view the larger photo.

Grinnell Lake

Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Grinnell Point from the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park

Grinnell Point from the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake

Sign Swiftcurrent Foot Trail, Glacier National Park
Map hike to Grinnell Lake and Hidden Falls

A daytrip around Lake Josephine and up to Grinnell Lake and Hidden Falls. Starting at east side of Swiftcurrent lake we went North Shore Trail and South Shore trail on the way back.

Boat Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park

Boat Swiftcurrent Lake

The lake, falls, mountain and glacier are all named after George Bird Grinnell, an early American conservationist, explorer, and founder of the Audubon Society. Grinnell was so inspired by the scenery during his first trip to the area in 1885 that he spent the next two decades working to establish it as a national park. In 1896 Grinnell was one of the three commissioners to sign the treaty with the Blackfeet Indians that transferred the land that would become Glacier National Park.

View towards the Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park

View towards the Many Glacier Hotel

Mount Grinnell, Glacier National Park

Mount Grinnell

view of Mount Wilbur, Glacier National Park

view of Mount Wilbur

Hike towards Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

Warning bear frequenting the area, Josephine Lake Trail, Glacier National Park

Many Glacier area is known for its great concentration of bears. And I can only agree, as we spotted quite a few bears in the area. On the downside it also meant that quite a few hikes were closed during our visit due to bear activity.

This trail, the "North Shore Josephine Lake Trail" was open, but had a bear warning sign. This hike passes slopes that are full of berry bushes, and therefore is sometimes called the "Lunch Table": grizzly and black love coming here to eat berries. And although I never counted on seeing any bears here myself, we actually did!

And instantly I had these mixed emotions between "OOPPS, a BEAR, what do I do now?!!", to "WOW, a BEAR, fantastic!!" Luckily the bear didn't pay any attention to us, but kept its distance focusing on the berries on the slope instead. Although the bear looks close-by in the photo, it is actually quite some distance away: long live the zoom-lens :-)

Sighting a bear at Grinnell Lake hike, North Shore Josephine Lake Trail, Glacier National Park

Hike towards Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

Mount Grinnell, Glacier National Park

Mount Grinnell

red baneberry berries, Glacier National Park

red baneberry

American cow parsnip, Glacier National Park

American cow parsnip

Hike towards Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park
Hike towards Grinnell Lake

Hike towards Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park
Hike towards Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

Hidden Falls and the Cataract Creek

Hidden Falls, Glacier National Park
Cataract Creek, Glacier National Park
Cataract Creek, Glacier National Park

Cataract Creek, Glacier National Park
, Glacier National Park

Hidden Falls and the Cataract Creek

The not so shy deer

Deer at Grinnell Lake

Deer at Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park
Deer at Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park
Deer at Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

Deer at Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park
Deer at Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park
Deer at Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

Deer at Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park
Deer at Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park
Deer at Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

This not-shy deer we meet on a hike to Grinell Lake. We stood still just looking, waiting and it actually came closer. It stopped at 4 meter, ate some grass and then it slowly went away. Her kids were waiting 20 meter away.

Grinnell Lake

Hike towards Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

Grinnell Falls

Hike towards Grinnell Lake

Grinnell Lake is known for its turquoise-colored water due to the glaciation of Grinnell Glacier, Salamander Glacier and Gem Glacier that loom far above Grinnell Lake

Hike towards Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

Simone & Åke, Glacier National Park, August 2007

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