Largely considered the "must-do" hike in Glacier National Park. Big draws = a low elevation gain and unobstructed views much of the way. The chalet at the top is an ideal lunch spot. Yes, we even had a picnic table. And that view while eating. Jealous much?
Hike #2: Siyeh Pass – 11 miles (Fantastic Four)
A wonderful surprise. As was the case with Highline, we had picture perfect weather the entire way. We'll never forget the sub-alpine meadow, known as Preston Park, that greets hikers mid-way. It was like walking through a dream.
Hike #3: Akamina Ridge – 12 miles (Triple Crown)
This one nearly killed us. Can you say windy? Can you say dangerous? We were on our hands and knees crawling up a rock wall (and then trying to keep from blowing off a ridge) at one point. Wall Lake made it worth it... at least that's what we're telling ourselves.
Hike #4: Crypt Lake – 12 miles (Triple Crown, Fantastic Four)
One we've done before. We refer to it as a "good old fashioned hike." A nice length, a forested start, waterfalls, a goat trail mid-section with stunning views and a killer finale complete with a ladder and a tunnel.
Hike #5: Carthew-Alderson 13 miles (Triple Crown, Fantastic Four)
This was our last hike for both challenges, so we weren't about to let crappy weather ruin it. Honestly, maybe we should have thought twice. We slogged through hail, beating rain and, finally, snow and oh-shit-I'm-going-to-be-thrown-off-the-ridge wind at the mid-point. We actually turned back once and changed our minds when the weather cleared a bit. So happy to have made it to and past the top, we ran the last 7 miles. Sorry, one of Kent's jubilant arms is blocking three lakes.
In this year of pushing our limits / this month of focusing on challenges, we're happy to have completed these hikes.
We're already pondering what we'll get ourselves into when we return next year.