Shaking in my boots... Well, not quite, but if there's such a thing as a white-knuckler hike, it was this one. What started out as a ranger-led hike to Iceberg Lake became ranger-less after a couple of miles as our guide turned back due to a foot injury. This is grizzly country, plain and simple. It would have at least seemed a little more secure if our group had managed to stay together, but there was always some moron falling behind for photographic reasons and then having to hustle to catch up. We split up once we reached trail's end, and I nervously made the return hike accompanied only by a can of bear spray. A great hike with spectacular scenery, even if I probably didn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked. Two or three hikers spotted distant bears; I was happy seeing several moose.
It's Friday! Do you have any fun weekend plans? How about hiking?
This photo was taken at the end of the Grinnell Glacier trail. It's one of the 25 remaining glaciers at Glacier National Park, but is not expected to remain one for much longer due to melting. The turquoise water is the melt pool. This hike is somewhat strenuous but so worth it.
With all the craziness in the world, sometimes you just have to stop and smell the flowers (or eat them). This is a mountain goat we encountered on the Highline Trail hike in Glacier National Park. That hike kicked my butt but was worth it.
It is incredibly sad to see all of the fires happening around the country. When I went to Glacier National Park the Sprague fire was burning but seemed to be under control. Even then you could see a lot of haze from smoke. From what I understand, most of the western side of GNP is closed because of the fire now.
This photo is from the early parts of the Grinnell Glacier trail, on the Many Glacier side of the park. It's about an 11 mile hike which can be strenuous at times but is really beautiful. I'm glad I did it.
Shot with @canonusa 5D mark IV and 24-105 mm f/4 L