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Summit

Grand Teton NP 20150131-085 When we arrived for the sunrise photo shoot, we were disappointed to discover low clouds obscuring the main peaks surrounding the Grand Teton.  At sunrise, we were treated to momentary glimpses of glowing summits.  Mount Teewinot is pictured here.

 

 

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Forget Me Not

Forget-me-not Mountain rises to an elevation of 12,115 feet, making it one of Montana’s ranked twelve-thousand foot peaks.   Pictured in the featured image in the right-center, it appears as a precipitous cliff dropping sharply into the Black Canyon drainage, deeming its alternative designation as “Drop-off Mountain” on some maps appropriate.

I accessed the summit via a permanent snowfield at the upper end of Glacier Lake.  In an exhausting sixteen hour day trip, I was able to capture a series of striking photos from the rugged lake shore, a surly mountain goat, and alpine views of the incredible Black Canyon, making for a truly unforgettable day on Forget-me-not Mountain.

 

Pine Creek Lake

Pine Creek Lake is an alpine jewel nestled in a glacial cirque accessed about fifteen miles south of Livingston, Montana in the Absaroka Mountains .

The moderately difficult hike goes past beautiful Pine Creek Falls at the first mile.  This is far enough for most casual hikers since the trail then steepens to gain over 3,000 feet elevation in the last four miles. Of course, the wildflowers, cascading stream, and open scenery is so amazing, one might just forget about the difficulty of the hike.

The lake is a popular youth-camp destination, but overnighting on a weekday meant we basically had the lake’s one good camp spot and all of the its surrounding beauty to ourselves.  The most obvious photo op is at the outlet falls just below the lake, where I made a few successful compositions at sundown and early the next morning.

Glacier Sampler

This series comes from a recent trip to Glacier National Park.  My first introduction came several decades ago as a pre-teen, and I barely remember it.  Even though the park is located in my home state of Montana, I’ve resisted returning there for numerous reasons – crowded trails, backpacking red tape, and ample recreation opportunities closer to home to name a few.  But this trip definitely made me realize a few things I’ve been missing out on.

Glacier Park is all about spectacular scenery of glacially carved lakes, incredible views of jagged peaks along the Continental Divide, and colorful wildflower displays along refreshing streams winding through lush lower elevation forests.

On this introductory trip our itinerary mostly kept us close the Going-to-the-Sun road, enough to pique our interest in the great hiking and photography opportunities that exist.  Looks like a return adventure for a more intimate experience into Glacier’s backcountry is definitely in order later in the summer.  Stay tuned for an update!

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More Images from Glacier Lake

Further to yesterday’s post, here are some additional images from a recent  all-day adventure that took me around the shore of Glacier Lake and up to the summit of 12,283-foot Spirit Mountain, pictured here from a different trip to Black Canyon Lake in 2009.

On this most recent occasion, I took the shorter, southern route via beautiful Glacier Lake. Although this route is far easier than the northern Black Canyon approach, it cost me the skin of my knuckles after I foolishly attempted a shortcut to gain the southwestern ridge approach.  The shortcut resulted in a dead end, followed by an intentional, bare-handed snow arrest sans a lost glove that had earlier fallen out of my pocket unnoticed.  As in so many of my previous experiences, the mountain always exacts a toll, but in this case the views were worth it!