July Hiking Report

Scenic Point.  (For a description of the photo above scroll down under the Hiking Stats.)

The highlight of my hiking in July was a trip to Glacier National Park. A beautiful and scenic wonder.

July 2011 Hiking Report

7/2 –   4.8 miles, 500ft. 2 hours, Redwood Regional Park- Stream trail,

7/5- 7.98mi,2,347ft,  3h 2m  – PG&E trail O&B

7/10-11 mi, 1800 ft, 4h40m– Woods Trail,Barlow Rd,Mt Umunhum Rd, Bald Mt trail- Out and Back

7/15- 7.90mi, 1,896ft 3h 00m – Vista Point Out & Back

7/15-3.6,mi  ft.not much, time not long– Mirror Lake, Yosemite Nat. Pk

7/17- 3.35mi, 250ft, 1h– PG&E trail to Wildcat Loop-PG&E trail

7/21- 9.77mi, 1200ft, 5h– Iceberg-Ptarmigan Trail, Many Glacier,Glacier Nat Park

7/23-7.8mi, 2,853ft, 4h40m– Scenic Point, Two Medicine,Glacier Nat Park

7/23- GPS coordinates at Trail-head 48.480005-113.361676

Total miles hiked-

56.2 miles

Total ft climbed-

10,821ft- does not include any guesstimate for Mirror lake hike.

 19 days to Cloud’s Rest!

Photo information

This is Scenic Point. I am on a ledge which is about 5ft wide seeking shelter from the wind along with my fellow hikers, and Pat Hagan our guide.

Looking this direction you can see the road into Two Medicine and above that Hwy 49 I believe. Looking further out toward the plains is where you’d find the towns of Kiowa, and Browning… I think.

I sat on this ledge and had a quick lunch. A Hairy Marmot peeked out of the rocks on the ledge and was hoping for his lunch too. I’m sure many people feed them, or just happen to leave big crumbs behind.

I want to come up here again. Hopefully, next summer. The deeper I hike into this park the more I fall in love with it.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 17-35@ 28mm| f5.6| 1/200 sec.| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Hand-held

Here’s the Hoary Marmot

Photograph by Deborah M. Zajac

This is a ledge that I was sitting on just under the point up at Scenic Point in Two Medicine Glacier Nat. Park.  I’ve cropped off the tip of my boot from this photo. The ledge was only about 5 feet wide. The trees you see down there…that’s 7,000+ foot drop!
While having lunch and resting from the climb up this Hoary Marmot popped out.
He didn’t seem too shy. I’m sure he’s quite used to people.
It was the first time I’d ever seen a Hairy Marmot or any other for that matter. He’s cute!

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 17-35 @ 35mm| f5.6| 1/320 second| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Hand-held

On a clear day…

On a clear day…, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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On this Sat. morning I rose a bit later than usual and took a leisurely 1.5 hour drive over to East Glacier to meet Ranger Pat Hagan. Pat was leading me and several other hikers up the Scenic Point Trail.
Pat expanded on the trail giving us more of an idea of what we were about to take on going on this hike.
He said, “We’re going to be hiking up roughly 23 stories today, and, we’re taking the stairs.”

The trail has 16 switchbacks getting longer the higher you climb. Every 4th switchback or so Pat had a story. Most were about bears. Bear management, behavior, and safety which I found interesting, and educational.
I turned around to look back here. I’m about halfway to the top at this point. It’s windy up here, and worth the effort to get here. Look at this view! That’s Two Medicine Lake, and way down there by the waters edge is a campground where many of my hiking companions were camping, and about half inch above the Z in my signature in the right corner is the parking lot my Va-Va is parked in under a shady pine tree.
Hike details
7.80 miles rd trip
2,853ft elevation gain
5h57m total time

The trail is steep, but the switchbacks help make the going easier.

See my complete hiking stats here.

My GPS unit is this one here.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 17-35@ 24mm| f5.6| 1/250 second| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Hand-held