|Paintbrush in the burn area along the Granite Park Trail.|
|White bog orchid, the first I've seen.|
|That moment. I want it to last forever. It feels expansive. Then it is over.|
|Look at this! Right here!|
Theoretically, I am glad all these people are out here. So many of them are actually getting out of their cars, getting away from the trailheads, and hiking. Here, we are a community of hikers. From all over the country and all over the world. All of them here marveling at this shared beauty, connecting with this place so that they will treasure it and care about it, and it will fill their dreams when they go back home. Seeing all these hikers, I feel there is hope for us all.
|Garden Wall on the Highline Trail.|
Information on this route:
We parked at the Loop and headed up the Granite Park Trail towards the Granite Park Chalet, where we took the Highline Trail to Logan Pass. This allowed us to climb uphill more, and do the lower elevations in the relative cool of morning. Others may prefer going downhill, and start at Logan Pass. Next week the shuttles should be running, so you won't need to hitch like we did.
More detailed description here
I was told this trail would be difficult for someone with a fear of heights, but I thought the trail was incredibly wide and felt very safe. Guess it's all relative.