Apgar Lookout overlooks Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park and the views are really beautiful. The Going to the Sun Road usually opens to Logan’s Pass by July, but until then we’re going to hike some of the mountains around the lake. We’re hoping to hike Mount Brown next depending on snow and ice conditions.
The trail starts off through the trees but the views soon open up due to a massive fire that raged through here in 2003. Roundtrip is 7.1 miles and while the Glacier Park website list this trail as strenuous, I would say it’s moderately-hard. I’d save the strenuous classification for all the longer steeper trails in the Park.
The stark remains of a forest stretches out over 136,000 acres or 13% of Glacier National Park. The forest is quickly rebuilding itself with many new trees over 5-6 feet tall – another couple hundred years and this hike will be treed in again.
The Indian Paintbrush in the photo above is one of my favorite wildflowers for it’s beautiful intensity. The Indian Paintbrush got it’s name from a Native American Legend that speaks of a young brave who tried to paint the sunset with his war paints, but was disappointed with the results. He asked the Great Spirit for help and was supplied brushes, when he finished his painting, he left the brushes strewn about the field. The brushes sprang into flowers and filled the landscape with the most beautiful color.
The views at the top promise many great summits to come this summer.
Here is our wildlife for the day – this grouse was quite flustered that so many people were tramping by on the trail, we’re thinking the nest must have been pretty close.
The wildflowers are starting to come out in abundance, which is a good sign that summer will indeed come sometime this year. It’s been and inordinately cold spring here, and I haven’t even dared to plant any flowers at home. Just when you think winter’s over, we wake up to snow again. I love snow, but I can’t wait to get back to regular hiking again.
And because no post is truly complete without talking about food –
Our Saturday Dinner Menu:
Bacon Wrapped Fillet Mignon with a Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce, served with Grilled Asparagus and Roasted Sweet Potatoes.