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Glacier National Park, Montana




Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is located Montana, bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta
and British Columbia. The park includes parts of two mountain ranges, which is the sub-ranges
of the Rocky Mountains, over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants
and hundreds of species of animals. This vast pristine ecosystem is the centerpiece of
what has been referred to as the "Crown of the Continent Ecosystem", a region of
protected land encompassing 41,000 square kms.


An approach to the Glacier Park Lodge and a lobby hall

A restaurant and carriage porch of the Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier, Montana

(L) Two-Medicine entrance signboard to the Glacier National Park (R) A park ranger at a park entrance gate


Glacier Park Lodge is located just outside the boundaries of Glacier National Park in the village
of East Glacier Park, Montana. The lodge was built in 1913 by the Glacier Park Company,
a subsidiary of the Great Northern Railway. It was the first hotel built near Glacier National Park
to house visitors brought to the park by the railroad.



Highway to Two Medicine Lake

(L) Glacier National Park 15-Day Automobile Permit ($2.00), that is issued in July
1962.
(R) Seven-day vehicle-permit to the Grand Teton National Park ($25.00), that is issued in June 2012.

Running Eagle Fall next to the Two Medicine Lake and a wild flower, Glacier National Park


Two-Medicine is the collective name of a region located in the southeastern section of
Glacier National Park. From the period starting in the late 1890s until the completion of
the Going-to-the-Sun Road in 1932, Once part of a larger chalet complex,
Two-Medicine Store is located along the shores of Two-Medicine Lake, and the building
is a National Historic Landmark.


Two Medicine Lake with Sinopah Mountain


(L) Two Medicine Store, formerly part of Two Medicine Chalet was originally built in 1914 by the Glacier Park Company,
as part of the railway's extensive program of visitor-service development at Glacier Park.
(R) Mountain goat, the official symbol of Glacier National Park

(L) Red Eagle Mountain range in Glacier National Park (R) US-89 highway approaching St. Mary

(L) Red Eagle Mountain range in Glacier National Park (R) A prairie dog

(L) Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabin at the Glacier National Park (R) Snowgoose Grill and gift shop

Many Glacier Hotel on the east shore of Swiftcurrent Lake
The building has a Swiss alpine theme both on the outside and on the inside.

Flat Top Mountain, Glacier National Park

Going-to-the-Sun Road starting from St. Mary

The upper end of Saint Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island: It was called as the post-card point.


Saint Mary Lake is the second largest lake in Glacier National Park. It is located on the east
side of the park and on the west side of the Continental Divide. The Going-to-the-Sun Road
parallels the lake along its north shore. At an altitude of 1,367 m, Saint Mary Lake's waters
are colder and lie almost 460 m higher in altitude than Lake McDonald, the largest lake in
the park.

Reference: Wikipedia


(L) A lodge key to a guest room at Glacier National Park (R) Red Eagle Mountain and Saint Mary Lake

A calm Saint Mary Lake: Photo in 2012.

A most beautiful point of St. Mary Lake and Glacier mountain ranges: This was photographed by Dr.Junhaku Miyamoto, in 2012.

Saint Mary Lake: This was photographed by Dr.Junhaku Miyamoto, in
1962.

Logan Pass and Going-to-the-Sun Road ( Google-Map )

The Going-to-the-Sun Road: Glacier Route 1

A marmot under seif-owned car parked along the Going -to-the-Road, that is photographed in
1962.

Historic Red Jammer buses in a tour around the Glacier National Park

Water rushing in narrow sunrift gorge, Glacier National Park

(L) Wild horses are crossing a highway near the St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park (R) A wild flower in the park


At Logan Pass, Reynolds Mtn and Clements Mountain tower over fields of wildflowers that
carpet the ground throughout the summer. Waves of yellow glacier lilies pushing up through
the snow are quickly replaced by a variety of alpine plants adapted to this harsh, but
spectacularly beautiful, habitat. Mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and the occasional grizzly
bear lumbering through the meadows offer spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities.
The Logan Pass parking lot is generally full and not available between hours of 10:00 a.m.
and 5:00 p.m.


Reynolds Mountain, Glacier National Park 2012

Logan Pass: These pictures were taken in
1962 by Dr. J. Miyamoto.

Map of the Going-to-th-Sun Road, Glacier National Park


The pass is closed during the winter due to avalanche hazards, yet is generally open from
the middle part of June until early October. It is never enough to be regretted for me that
the section of Going-to-the-Sun Road, between Jackson Glacier Overlook and Avalanche Creek
was closed until 2days later. However, we really wanted to go further, started to walk toward
the Logan Pass, which is still 20 kms ahead. The following pictures were taken on the
road, which may be used if we made a different travel schedule.


(L) Warning sign: Increased avalanche and rockslide potential exists beyond this point.
(R) Warning of a potential avalanche hazard ahead

(L) McDonald Creek (R) Going-to-th-Sun Road and snow at the roadside

(L) A dark hole covered by snow (R) Going-to-th-Sun Road to the direction of McDonald Lake

(L) McDonald Creek (R) Mountain streams that came from the snowy mountains.

(L) A snowplow returning from the work at Logan Pass (R) McDonald Creek


The Lake McDonald Lodge is a historic lodge located within Glacier National Park, on
the southeast shore of Lake McDonald. The lodge is built in a Swiss chalet style
based on Kirtland Cutter's design. The foundation and first floor walls are built of
stone, with a wood-frame superstructure. The lobby is a large, open space that
extends to the third story. It has a massive fireplace, and a concrete floor scored
in a flagstone pattern, with messages in several Indian languages inscribed into it.
The rustic lodge is a National Historic Landmark.

Source:Wikipedia


(L) Lake McDonald Lodge (R) Lake McDonald

(L) Lake McDonald Lodge (R) Lake McDonald

(L) Lake McDonald Lodge (R) Lake McDonald

(L) Lanterns in the lobby of the Lake McDonald Lodge
(M) The fireplace and a concrete floor scored in a flagstone pattern, with messages in several Indian languages inscribed into it.
(R) A cute wild bird was observed at Lake McDonald lake shore.

(L) Hotel guests sit around the ireplace of Lake McDonald Lodge (R) A dinning room of the Lodge

(L) A wooden-made 'grizzly-bear security-controlled' ATM (R) Lanterns in the lobby of the Lake McDonald Lodge


Avalanche Lake is located in a cirque on the west side of the continental divide. Massive
mountains surround the lake, providing an unforgettable scenic experience. The lake itself
is named for the numerous avalanches that roar down the surrounding mountains.


(L) A trail guide from Avalanche Creek
(R) Avalanche Gorge

Avalanche Gorge: The water can change from crystal clear to a ragging depend on the hours.

Avalanche Lake Trail and a warning sign on a bear

A flashy stream from snowy mountain's meltwater

Old-growth forest trees and water streams comes from mountains covered by snow.

Avalanche Lake

Mule deer on an Avalanche Lake trail: The trail is well maintained for hikers.


Lake McDonald: This photograph was taken from Apgar, Glacier National Park


グレイシャー国立公園はモンタナ州北部にある。1910年に設立された。そのほとんどを森林、山と
湖で占める。園内には名前のある湖が130以上あり、1000種類以上の植物と数百種に及ぶ動物が
生息している。人によって乱されていないままのこの巨大な生態系は、「大陸生態系の頂点」と
称されており、夏には全米を始め、外国からも多くの観光客が訪れている。

筆者は1962年に初めて訪れ, 1973年に再びこの地を踏んだが、Two Medicine Lakeの円錐型の雪の
岩山が湖に映える様を見て、懐かしさでいっぱいである。その時、スイフトカーレン湖のロッジの
建物際で多くのプレリードックが群れをなして飛び回る中、湖岸のほとりで過ごした時間は忘れがたい。
ロッジの営業は訪問翌日からなので、中に立ち入ることは出来なかった。

セントマリー湖からローガンパスを超えてマクドナルド湖に至る Going-to-th-Sun Road は予測に
反し未だ閉鎖されていた。それが今回の主要な目的であったので、返す返すも残念であった。
マクドナルド湖側の道路閉鎖地点から徒歩で道路沿いに峠を目指したが、途中からReynoldsの
山並みを垣間見るのが精一杯であった。

アバランチェ湖へ往復7キロほどのハイキング道は今回初めてトライしたが、よく整備されていて
歩きやすい。多くの家族連れが行き来しているが、鹿に出会えることもあり、川に沿った道は豊かな
自然にあふれている。アップガールから見た、空と山とを水面に映したマクドナルド湖の美しさには
言葉もない。今回の旅で、セント・マリー湖のポストカードポイントと言われていた同じ地点から、
50年前と全く変わっていない湖と山並みを見るにつけ、年とともに老化していく人間の弱さ、限界を
改めて思い知らされた。



 US West Coast and National Parks 2012


Midwestern US and at San Francisco
Seattle 01 Seattle 02 Amtrak to Glacier National Park Glacier National Park Grand Teton National Parks
Yellowstone National Park 01 Yellowstone National Park 02 Smoking ban in National Parks
San Francisco 01 San Francisco 02 Hotels in San Francisco UCSF Medical Center
Smoking control in Midwestern US and at San Francisco


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Photographs were taken in June 2012, and the article was written in July 2012,
by Dr. J. Miyamoto.





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