River of Fog

RiverOfFogThe early morning fog lies in one of Glacier National Park’s picturesque valleys. I took this foggy river-like image from the Highline Trail. As I understand it, there once was a proposal to build a dam here called Glacier View Dam. It would have created a lake very similar to the footprint that this fog outlines.

The Highline Trail is about a 12-mile trail that requires a bus ride from the end back to the start. My wife and I actually hitchhiked because the buses don’t run year round. This can be a crowded trail, but when we did it in mid-September it wasn’t too bad. It is however one of the most memorable trails I have ever hiked and I would recommend it to anyone… unless you have an extreme fear of hiking along sheer cliffs. If that is the case, then this one isn’t for you.

If you wanted to take it at a slower pace you can rent (reservation required) a room during the summer months at the Granite Park Chalet. It is located about 7.5 miles down the trail. The Great Northern Railway built it in 1915 as a backcountry getaway destination and today is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

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