Thursday, November 18, 2010

Highline Trail - Glacier National Park

During the Hurst family reunion, some of the hardier Hursts spent a lovely afternoon in Glacier National Park hiking the Highline Trail, which starts at Logan Pass, at the top of the "Going-to-the-Sun Road," and winds it's way about 12 miles down the canyon.  It was a pretty easy and very beautiful hike.

Going-to-the-Sun Road

I went on an awesome backpacking trip in Glacier in 2002 with my sister Holl's family and pops, and one of my most clear memories of that trip was how remarkably colorful the rocks were along the trail.  Nerdy, I know.  But I was so happy upon returning to find that reality matched my memory.  The entire park is spectacular, but it's rare to find a trail that is itself so beautiful.

Pointy Peaks and Painted Rocks

Alpine Flora

Rays Over Paradise

King of the Mountain

The bottom portion of the trail meanders through huge stands of tall, partially burnt pines, and the forest floor is carpeted with the next generation of life.  I thought this was such a beautiful contrast, and there's probably a metaphor in there somewhere.

Out With The Old, In With The New

Color Stream Through The Burnt District

Funny how just the memories of being in such a beautiful place can still lift your soul.


Heather said...

You need to sell your photos...and I mean it. If you don't want the money I'll take it. :) You are an amazing photographer.

Daisy Chick said...

I feel like I go on a mini vacation every time I visit your blog. Your photos are stunning and I always am captivated by the beauty. Thanks so much. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.