FIELD NOTES: EXPLORING GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
By Bryden Bowley | April 6, 2021
Glacier National Park feels like a dream.
There's something special about this place that I've never been able to put my finger on. I'm drawn there, and when I'm there, I feel whole.
Maybe it's the foggy, lonesome lakes where you could hear a pin drop, or maybe it's the towering mountains with iron-filled rocks that glow purple and blue. I'll never understand the entirety of what makes this place so special, and I'm okay with that.
My first visit to Glacier was a short one. It was 2014, and I was traveling around the Rockies after a summer of working at Mount Hood. I immediately knew that I needed to experience more of the park than what you can see from the road, but at that point I had never been backpacking before.
The crest of Red Gap Pass.
Morning fog on Piegan Pass.
Fast-forward to 2019, when I attempted a thru-hike on the Continental Divide Trail. The trail starts (or finishes) at the north end of Glacier National Park. It weaves through the valleys along lakesides, then switch-backs over passes with views suitable for a National Geographic magazine cover.
A marmot on Piegan Pass just before a storm rolled in.