Ted's Hiking World Lunch Creek
Glacier National Park

July 18, 2008

On a prior visit to this park, I gazed forlornly up this creek at the waterfall in the distance, wanting to walk up there sometime.  Today I have coerced my bride into waiting at the parking lot while I do just that.

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Roadside view of Lunch Creek and the falls

Within just a few minutes, my efforts are amply rewarded:

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Lower Lunch Creek Falls

On this side of the creek I cannot scramble up beside the falls; it is necessary to detour around to the right through some trees and bushes.  Emerging from the forest, there is an unobstructed view of the falls, which remain farther away than I had anticipated.

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Pollock Mountain dominates the scene

Now I must traverse a snowbank for several hundred feet.  At the other end, a marmot sunbathes unconcernedly as I plod along.

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Showing no fear

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Looking back at Heavy Runner Mountain and Reynolds Mountain

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Penstemon Yellow Columbine

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The going is becoming rather difficult

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Upper Lunch Creek Falls

Another hiker passes me here, continuing up to the right of the falls.  I wish that I could join him.  On the left is the Garden Wall, which also happens to be the Continental Divide.

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This is why I go hiking

On the other side of the Garden Wall is the vaunted Highline Trail, which runs from Logan Pass to the Granite Park Chalet.  I am sure that it is in my future.  That trail cannot be accessed from this side, however; but that other hiker could be headed over to the Many Glacier area.

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I would love to scramble up beside those falls

This is such a good-feeling place, deserving of much more time than I am able to give it today.  I mustn't keep My Barbara waiting too long, though; so I head back, stopping only to shoot a few more flowers.

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Snow Buttercup Bear Grass
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Mountain Pasqueflower Nice textures

Upon my return, I see that my sweetie hasn't missed me a bit.  She and a number of others are gazing up a mountain side at some Dall Sheep — a relatively rare treat.  Mountain goats are a dime a dozen around here, but not the sheep.

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There is a beautiful pair of binoculars sitting in the car; but no

§: This walk filled my expectations, and more.  Had I known that I had been gone for only an hour, I might have scrambled up that cascade after all.

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