Monday, July 23, 2012

Glacier National Park - Saint Mary Lake area

Just after entering the park at Saint Mary Lake, the  road turns left and you drive along the west shore.  Saint Mary Lake is the second largest lake in the park.  It is 9.9 miles long and Going to the Sun Road (seen above) runs along it's shore.

This is the view to the right of the road in the picture above.

This was the view from my campsite my first night at Glacier.  Lake Saint Mary, as well as the road are between here and the mountain.
During the night it rained in the campground.  At elevation it was cold enough to snow.  This is what it looked like the next morning.

This is the view across the road from the visitor center.  Saint Mary Lake is visible at right center.  The open, light green area on the right above the lake is where the first two pictures were taken from.

Scenic boat rides are available.  There were a couple of options here.  I took the boat to the end of the lake and made a short hike to a nearby waterfall.  Here is the boat launch.  I was the only passenger on the outbound trip.

The outflow of waterfall I hiked to.  I don't recall the name of the falls.

From the dock at the end of the lake.

Waterfalls were everywhere originating from the melting snow and ice.

Another of the numerous, unnamed falls.

Wild Goose Island in Saint Mary Lake.

Sun Point on Saint Mary Lake.  There used to be a resort here.  If I recall, it closed during WWII and never reopened.  It burned and the debris was pushed into the lake.

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