Glacier National Park is known as ‘The Crown of the Continent’ because its 1,600 square miles contains vast expanses of mountainous terrain and isolated lakes. Much of the park is not accessible by road, only by more than 700 miles of hiking trails.
One excellent way to gain an understanding of such a large and inaccessible park is to do a helicopter flight over it. In Glacier that is particularly rewarding because the pilot on a clear day can take you over remote lakes and soaring, glacier-covered mountain peaks in the 10,000 foot range.
Many Glacier Road is the northernmost of only three roads that enter Glacier National Park, all from the East. Only one of the three roads traverses the entire park (the Going to the Sun Road).
Only one road crosses Glacier National Park, carved into immense mountainsides from St. Mary in the East to Apgar and West Glacier in the West. The road was a stupendous effort, constructed during the Great Depression and completed in 1933.
When you drive the road, and especially when you look down on it from a helicopter, you can’t help but be struck by the colossal, dangerous effort it required.
The road has many overlooks and vast vistas, plus a myriad of trailheads which allow visitors to hike into areas otherwise completely unreachable.
These galleries are designed to have you appreciate prime sections and attractions along the road, and the visuals you would experience if you drove it.
The National Park Service has an interactive map which lets you zoom in all along the road’s route.
The haze visible in some pictures is smoke from distant forest fires.
Two Medicine is the southernmost of the three roads which enter Glacier National Park on its eastern side.
Like Many Glacier in the North, the road gives access to scenic lakes and overlooks, but does not cross the width of the park.
During the brief season (mid-July to mid-September), some days are naturally cloudy. Another problem I ran into was huge forest fires South of the Park, whose plumes of smoke can spread over a thousand miles. Some of my pictures were strongly affected; I grieved over them, because I want to show viewers the parks at their sunny best.
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