I like you when you say that! It is definitely the most mesmeric park in the world. I take guests to the pass to see Hidden Lake, especially when they're short on time. This was shot in August of last year, but my camera was dying at the time. Sadly, the lighting after this became an astounding strawberry peach, and my shutter refused to work. Same thing happened on the hardest hike I've ever done (12 miles and 5000' elevation gain in 5 hours round trip) in mid-October, with transient snow storms, at over 9000'.
Sickening to miss out on pictures like that, but at least I witnessed the beauty.
That would be so frustrating, but thats when I take a mental snapshot and save it for myself! Sometimes I like it when I don't have my camera because I can focus on the beauty of the surroundings rather than getting the perfect shot- It forces you to just be and enjoy. Though- in the back of my mind I'm always swearing that I don't have my camera! What hike was the one with 5000' elevation gain? Was it at Glacier?
That's a very good point! It's nice to be able to enjoy without the urge to get behind the viewfinder, and I still recall how everything looked quite well. It would have been nice to have something to share with friends (the only reason I'm on DA, as I'm not artist), but I'll just have it for me!
The hike took place from the valley floor and up through the mountains to the true Lolo Peak, overlooking the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys. Around 46.654538,-114.24943! Quite nice when the lower larches are turning colors and the upper ones are barren, giving spectacular views of all surrounding lands.
Although you'll never get the chance, I guess, I've hiked many of the trails in the less known ranges, like the Cabinet Mountains, Bitterroots, and Sapphires, all in Montana. The Cabinet mountains north of Thompson Falls, MT, are especially beautiful.
I'm hoping to focus on the Wind River Range in Wyoming this summer! : )
Above the visitor's center in Glacier National Park. Walk up the scree pile on the right and you'll be sheltered in the snow fields under the mountain peak. The snow never fully disappears. Great for a first hike in GNP!