One of the things I love about working the day shift in Glacier is that you almost get two days in a 24-hour period. You get the day that you work and get paid for, and then, if you don’t spend too long on dinner, you get a second day to go for a 5-6 mile hike.
Monday, my ACMNP team (almost–sorry you had to work, Claire!), one of their roommates, and a few other friends who work for our company decided to use our second half of the day to hike to Avalanche Lake. It’s one of the more popular hikes in Glacier, in part because the beauty-to-difficulty ratio is astounding.
I had hiked it about a week ago. It was the perfect way to spend my day off. I got to the top and, attempting to escape the 5th-grade field trip on the near side of the lake, circled around it and found quiet refuge on a gravelly beach on the opposite side. It was close enough that you could practically whisper to the mountain above us. There was just me and a few other adults seeking quiet, including a man watching mountain goats with binoculars and two guys fishing. I sat for half an hour listening to the waterfalls ringing down the mountain and the birds calling in the wind.
This time, we found a really peaceful beach at the near edge of the lake. Still, I liked how the other beach was so close to the foot of the mountain and suggested we go to it. Everyone agreed. I fell a bit behind on the way, until I got to the spot where the trail ends and you have to cross a little creek to get to the beach.
Except it wasn’t a little creek. The snow melt from the mountain has increased significantly in the last week, and there was no way we could pass.
But, we were undeterred. A small path ran just past the “End of Trail” sign along the edge of the creek, so we followed it through the woods until we found an opening. It was perfection. At least six waterfalls tumbled off the mountainside, splitting up as they hit what looked like a staircase for giants. There was a rainbow caught in one waterfall, and I sat on a log with my friend, Faye, and watched it inch higher and higher as the sun started its descent. It was the perfect way to spend my last night as a 26-year-old.
On the way down the trail we passed within a few feet of a doe and her baby. Also a bunch of the girls jumped into the lake. I was tempted, but I also love not being cold, so I stayed dry and lame, but man, I’m proud of them 🙂
4 thoughts on “Two trips to Avalanche Lake”
Looks like you are having a great time in Glacier, Andrea! It looks like a very lovely peaceful place to be and the weather looks lovely. We are glad you are enjoying your summer.
It is cool here today, however it is due to get into the 90’s in the middle part of this coming week…too warm for us!!
Talked to Olivia the other evening and they have been having a great time with their fishing expeditions.However the strawberries they planted, the deer ate the berries..hope it goes better for them later this summer. Well, must go for now..Have a blessed coming week! Love and hugs!! Grandma and Grandpa M!
Thanks grandma! Have a great week, too!!
I love reading your blog, Andrea! You make me want to get back into writing after such a long time. It also makes me want to go on a hike! Happy Birthday!
Thanks Troy!! I hope things are going well 🙂 never too late to take it back up again, right?