Ah, Montana! You have my heart. As I stated in my last post, I visited Montana last month to help shoot a project for Arts & Above in Missoula. After filming, my man friend and I rented an orange Mustang convertible and drove the four hours to the east side of Glacier National Park to hike Grinnell Glacier in Many Glacier. That was an adventure all on its own. We got up at the butt crack of dawn, drove fours hours, got a speeding ticket, and made it to Many Glacier Hotel with literally 10 minutes to spare to catch our boat ride at 1pm to the trailhead. We were so rushed, I forgot to pack our other water bottles nor did I get to go to the bathroom beforehand, so of course I inducted myself into nature by using it as a toilet. It was definitely an interesting afternoon, to say the least.
The hike from the boat is 7.6 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 1,840 feet. We weren't planning on hiking the whole thing since the last boat back to the car left at 5pm. However, we decided to go for it when a passing hiker said it was well worth it. And man were they right. I would have regretted it if we turned back so close to the summit. We ended up kicking that mountain's ass and making it back to the boat at 6pm. Luckily, there were enough people waiting that they sent a second overflow shuttle boat. I was pretty proud of us, and tired AF. We treated ourselves to an amazing and well-deserved fancy dinner at The Shining-esque Many Glacier Hotel before driving back to Kalispell on the west side of the park. As the good passenger I am, I promptly passed out once my butt hit the seat.
Despite the sun being so high and bright for photos, Grinnell Glacier was one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on. Grinnell Lake is so turquoise and beautiful, it was my main reason for choosing that hike. In addition, we got to see deer, a ram, marmots, chipmunks, a moose, and beautiful red fox on our last stop before leaving the park. Next time, I'd like to properly camp and spend at least a few days hiking and photographing the park. Glacier, I'll be back for you!