We left Kalispell pretty early and got to the trailhead at Glacier around 0900. It was 35 degrees. So, well, that's kinda cold. The sky looked pretty mean but we were determined to do this 11 mile hike. So we did. And it was an awesome hike, even if the weather didn't cooperate too well. We saw some cute columbia ground squirrels and a mountain goat really high up on a rocky slope..oh! and two Three-toed Woodpeckers (life bird).
The trail had ~3500 feet of elevation gain (just the way I like it!) so that assisted in warming me up. Beautiful views. When we got to the highest point, the rain started to take some names, so we began the descent fairly quickly until I spotted two Bighorns near the trail. Bighorns! We had seen 6 earlier further off the trail, but these guys were really close.
I was glad I brought the 500 mm on the hike (I don't usually do that on long hikes). I was able to get some really nice shots of the sheep (more in another post later). It started raining pretty hard but at that point I didn't really care anymore - luckily I brought proper raingear. Nature Notes
Eventually started hiking...or rather, running, down the trail. After a couple miles, the rain died off a little bit. And then! THREE GRIZZLIES! Awesome! Again, much too far away for proper photos, but the 500mm works pretty well when I don't have binos on me, so I was able to check them out pretty well. It was a large female with a radio collar and 2 cubs. Really neat stuff!
After admiring them for a while, started hiking again. Got to the trailhead and the temperature had dropped significantly and the rain was not kidding around at this point. We ended up leaving the park later since it was supposed to snow that night...Watery Wednesday Outdoor Wednesday
Despite the crap weather in Glacier, it was a great time there. All sorts of good fauna and I finally saw grizzlies (5 of 'em!). Niiice.