We had made reservations at St. Mary KOA back in December and it was finally time for our visit to Glacier National Park.
St. Mary KOA was conveniently located about 5 minutes from the East entrance to Glacier National Park and a visitor center.
We drove approximately 30 miles on Going-to-the-Sun Road from St. Mary’s to Avalanche Creek. I didn’t like the road, it was steep and narrow and seemed continually death-defying. There were jagged overhanging rocks on one side and a cliff nearly million miles high on the other side. Kudos to my better half for getting us there and back again in 5 whole pieces plus the truck in one piece too.
We made several stops along the way and headed back to the KOA when we were well-neigh tuckered out.
Wild Goose Island: We hiked 0.4 of a mile to the lakeshore and back on an unmarked steep rocky path that was not on the map. From the overlook, we followed the path down the rocks, through the forest, and to the rocks at the edge of St. Mary lake. It was quite beautiful, and reminiscent of the rocky ocean shoreline of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington.
Jackson Glacier (overlook)
Big Bend (overlook)
Unmarked turnout near McDonald creek: we walked an unknown distance exploring the creek.
Heaven’s Peak (overlook)
Red rocks: we walked an unknown distance scrambling on the rocks, looking at the amazing clear water and rapids.
Avalanche Creek, Trail of the Cedars: we hiked a 1 mile loop on a boardwalk path through a gorgeous hemlock, cottonwood and cedar forest.
St. Mary Lake (overlook)
My favorite parts of day #1 were playing in the creek and the Trail of Cedars.
To be continued in Glacier National Park, Montana – Day 2