Another Sunday to play in the Park – this time it’s Glacier Gorge up to Black Lake.
This is the hike we were going to do yesterday, but our late start and the tourists nixed that for Lily Mountain instead.
Today we got a much earlier start, but the Glacier Gorge trailhead spots were still all taken and we ended up parking at Bear Lake. Plenty of parking, just adds some distance and elevation to the hike.
Some other hikers on the initial hike into the Glacier Gorge area, but most of them stop at Alberta Falls and leave you with some solitude.
The few hikers left after Alberta Falls drop off at Mills Lake, and past that you have nothing but the wind whipping through the pines and blowing spindrift off the surrounding peaks.
We brought lunch kit, and made some tasty Pad Thai in a mostly protected spot on the east side of Black Lake, but while we ate the sun kept dropping and after moving our lunch spot twice to stay in the sunlight we decided it was time to finish up and head back out.
One downside of high mountain peaks is how much they shorten the sun window, and our trip down ended up with quite a bit of shadow and the associated temperature drops to go with it.
Back to the cabin early for fire and hot tub, and back to slaving in the salt mines tomorrow!

Setting Off

Setting Off
Setting off for an adventure!


Crystallized

Crystallized
Very cool ice crystals in Glacier Creek


Drip Drip Drip

Drip Drip Drip
Checking out some amazing icicles on a rock face.


Heading Up

Heading Up to Black Lake
Climbing up a gorgeous snow section among the pines.


Steep Steps

Steep Steps at Black Lake
One particularly steep section between Mills Lake and Black Lake.


Lunchtime at Black Lake

Lunchtime at Black Lake
Our somewhat-protected lunch spot.


Back Down

Back Down
What goes up, must go down.


The Peaks

The Peaks above Black Lake
Just a few of the many amazing peaks surrounding Black Lake.


Starburst

Starburst
What’s not to love about snow, pine trees, and abundant sunshine?


Getting the Blues

Getting the Blues
The blues deepen as the afternoon fades and the sun starts falling behind the peaks.


Splash of Sun

Splash of Sun
A quick splash of sun is worth the pause.


Black Lake Google Earth

Black Lake Google Earth
Google Earth visual of the Glacier Gorge to Black Lake hike