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article imageOp-Ed: Photo Essay — Road to Glacier National Park is often overlooked Special

By Elizabeth Batt     Apr 23, 2012 in Travel
West Glacier - The road to Glacier National Park in NW Montana is often under appreciated. From Coram to West Glacier lies seven miles of beauty. The views may not be as spectacular as inside the park itself, but they're still worthy of notice.
Occasionally, you just forget to stop and smell the roses. And in NW Montana, that's a crying shame. Fortunate enough to live just seven miles away from Glacier National Park, I feast on these delights on a daily basis, regretfully at times, with eyes wide shut. So when a rare summer day in springtime hit NW Montana, it was time to grab the camera and reacquaint myself, with the place I'm fortunate enough to call home.
The following images were taken along a single seven mile stretch of road.
Peaks still covered in snow stand in stark contrast to the brilliant blue sky.
The Middle Fork of the Flathead River usually blue in color, is a fast-flowing green during the spring melt.
The play of sunlight on the river makes the water look like boiling oil.
The seventh mile and arrival at the entrance to the park.
What lies beyond the seventh mile becomes increasingly more beautiful, the further one advances.
Visitors pass McDonald Lake on the way to the Trail of the Cedars.
Visitors pass McDonald Lake on the way to the Trail of the Cedars.
McDonald Falls.
McDonald Falls.
Majestic mountains and glaciers.
Majestic mountains and glaciers.
Avalanche Gorge in the Trail of the Cedars.
Avalanche Gorge in the Trail of the Cedars.
This rugged section of the northern Rockies boasts mountain goats (who occasionally appear in the bathrooms at Logan Pass), wolves, mountain lions, black bears and their much fiercer cousin, the grizzly bear. Fortunately we avoided those, but a young friendly doe did stop to say hello.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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