Lupine is a great half-day hike, especially early in the hiking season or in the late fall when the mountains are already snowed in. At the beginning of summer, you’ll find the trail surrounded in beautiful purple Lupine flower. In the fall, the Larch trees turn brilliant gold and there’s often a fresh snow fall making the scenery even more stunning.
These are the aforementioned Lupines. They line the trail most of the way up, and it makes for a beautiful walk through the woods. I’ve been hiking to Lupine Lake for as long as I can remember, and it never disappoints! We used to come here with friends for a little fishing and good times. It doesn’t have the same grand views as Glacier National Park, but it’s more than rewarding especially if you like to fish. I love it for sentimental reasons (my husband and I hiked in here when we were dating), and because it’s a really beautiful half-day kind of adventure. It’s classified as easy because it only gains 800 feet and is only 5 miles round trip. That leaves plenty of time to fish or hang out and relax at the lake.
Note: Bring more than one tiny bag of potato chips, small bag = big problem! I should’ve brought some Curried Cashews as well!
Here we are at Lupine Lake. It was hot enough that we decided to go for a swim before heading back. The first swim of the summer – Yeah! I’m really looking forward to warmer days and some time at the beach on Lake McDonald.
The Bear Grass is just starting to bloom. I can’t wait until it’s blooming on the Garden Wall – Glacier National Park. There’s nothing more stunning than mountain vistas with Bear Grass in full bloom.
Have a great weekend!
Pssst. Glacier National Park is opened this weekend and I’m thinking Hidden Lake Overlook is definitely happening!