A Glimpse into Backcountry Life in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, Montana

July 2013

I know it’s a little late but better late than never. Last summer I spent four days in the backcountry of Glacier National Park. My then boyfriend (now fiance) and I set across the USA with one goal in mind, reach Glacier National Park and become one with nature. And yes, this included dropping a few deuces in the wild!

To reach our destination located on the west side of the park, we entered through Saint Mary, traversed west via Going-to-the-Sun road, crossed the Continental Divide at Logan Pass and stopped in Home Ranch Bottoms to consume their famous huckleberry pie. The previous day in Saint Mary we discovered t-shirts for sale advertising “Pie for Strength” so we just wanted to fuel up accordingly.

The Boulder Pass trail, which follows two beautiful (and cold!) lakes called Kintla Lake and Upper Kintla Lake, became our home for the next four days. These lakes were our travel companions as we hiked out and back on the trail carrying everything we needed to survive on our backs.  The trail does continue north towards the Canadian border however, it was still closed beyond Upper Kintla Lake due to deep snow. With our bear bell jingling and our bear spray on standby we covered approximately 24 miles and camped each night along one of the two lakes. Simplicity and serenity engulfed our lives and the simple act of turning on a cell phone at the very end of the trip was painful.

Words alone can not do this place justice therefore, the pictures below will serve as my story. Happy trails and happy viewing!

Welcome to Glacier National Park

Welcome to Glacier National Park. Entrance at Saint Mary.


Pie for Strength.


Entering the park via Going-to the-Sun road. A view of Saint Mary Lake.


Roadside waterfalls.


After crossing the Continental Divide via Logan Pass.


Clear water and wild flowers.


Continuing to head west on Going-to-the-Sun road. A shot of Lake McDonald.


Wild fire damage. The forest is re-setting itself.


Homemade huckleberry pie in Home Ranch Bottoms.


The McCarthy family cabin still stands in it’s original location. Built in 1908, this cabin housed these Montana settlers.


Arriving at the trailhead and ready to separate from the rest of the world.


First shot of Kintla Lake.


Kintla Lake at dusk.


Gathering water for purification and sticking my feet in the frigid water.


Surrounded by wild and colorful beauty.


More proof.


Yet more proof.


Upper Kintla Lake.


Water purification.


Second day at Upper Kintla Lake.


Final morning at Kintla Lake.


Sending us off.


Had to get a staged deuce drop pic! Back at Home Ranch Bottoms.