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Many Glacier Lodge
July 1 - Day 4

Many Glacier Lodge

10 o'clock start - yikes! Sleeping in a nice bed in the middle of the park is really softening us up. Today's plan is to do a 3 mile hike to Red Rock Falls in the morning. Afternoon - boat ride and hike to Grinnell Lake.

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Trailhead to Red Rock Falls begins at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot.

Beautiful, beautiful scenery. Falls are in background.

Wildflowers abound.

"Bear grass" was in bloom.

The trail was very easy, and due to its proximity to the Lodge, extremely popular!

It can't get much prettier than this.

OK, it's not Niagra Falls - but still beautiful and well worth the hike.

Once at the fall we rested, had a snack, took pictures, and headed back.

More "bear grass" - not grass at all but uniquely spendid.

Early/Mid-July (snowmelt) is an excellent time to go to Glacier to see many, many waterfalls.

At 2 o'clock we boarded a boat, on Swiftcurrent Lake behind Many Glacier Lodge, to begin a National Park Service ranger-led tour to Grinnell Lake. After a short ride, we dis-embarked for a 1/4-mile hike to Lake Josephine where we would board another boat (photo) for the ride to the Grinnell Lake trailhead.

Dis-embarking at the trailhead.

Ranger Diane Sine speaks to the group about the coming hike - and bears!

The hike to the lake is a loooong mile and crosses this suspension bridge.

Deb at Grinnell Lake. Grinnell glacier in background.

Heading back - across same suspension bridge.

Ranger Diane Sine took a short detour to check out Hidden Falls. Diane is a schoolteacher in Kalispell and does "rangering" in summers. She's very knowledgeable, professional, and great with people! NPS should be proud!!

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