|Hiking||5.00 Miles|| 3 Hrs || ||1.67 mph|
|505 ft AEG|| || || |
After ending up parking at the Avalanche Campground due to being in a 33ft motor home, we headed on to the Trail of the Cedars. When we got to the gorge, we left my mother, and my in-laws and niece behind and headed up the Avalanche Lake Trail.
The weather was grand though slightly overcast. The gorge itself is just incredible with that blue glacial water rushing through. The colors of it and around it are so intense. The trail is fun as it winds through the forest and along the rushing creek for a piece. The lighting sprang in and around the forest showing off its green floor dashed with bits of color here and there.
The anticipation of the lake makes the hike seem longer as you work your way until you can see out of the top of the forest, first to the left and then eventually a sneak preview in front. When the trees clear from view, the magnificence of our earth is never grander... well it is in many other areas of Glacier National Park (GNP)and elsewhere, but for this moment it was stunning.
We spent about 20 minutes taking in the view and another hiker offered to take our picture which was very nice so that we didn't have to set up the timer on the camera. There were quite a few other people at the lake and along the trail but who can blame them.
We tried to pick up the pace on the way back but that's really hard for me when I have a camera in my hand. We did see a deer on the way back.
Unfortunately, part of the Trail of the Cedars was blocked off so we had to retrace our steps once we made it back to the gorge area.
|For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination. |
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.