Monday, April 8, 2013

The difficulty in singling out any part of Glacier National Park

"The broken and diversified character of this scenery, involving rugged mountain tops bounded by vertical walls sometimes more than four thousand feet high, glaciers perched upon lofty rocky shelves, unexpected waterfalls of peculiar charm, rivers of milky glacier water, lakes unexcelled for sheer beauty by the most celebrated of sunny Italy and snow-topped Switzerland, and grandly timbered slopes sweeping into valley bottoms, offer a continuous yet ever changing series of inspiring vistas not to be found in such luxuriance and perfection elsewhere."

"And this rare scenic combination is not alone of one valley of the park, but is characteristic of them all; so that it is difficult to single out any part of these fifteen hundred square miles that is more beautiful, more remarkable, or more strikingly diversified than any other."

Most people would probably have to agree with the quote above from the 1916 Glacier National Park brochure: that it is very difficult to single out any part of Glacier that is more beautiful than any other. For those that are unfamiliar with the park, I've attempted to give some guidance with my list of the top 10 hikes in Glacier.

However, as a case in point, the hike to Gunsight Lake didn't even make my list, even though, as you can see in the photo above (of Mirror Lake), the scenery is quite spectacular.

Hiking in

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