July 21st ~ Glacier National Park
We are still camped at Apgar Campground and venturing out from there. Two more hikes were selected with variety, photo opportunities and not being too strenuous in mind: Trail of the Cedars and Johns Lake Loop.
Trail of the Cedars
Hike #1 took us on a shaded, cool walk through a forest of cedars, cottonwoods and hemlock. Really it was more of a stroll than a hike. This 1.5 mile hike starts at the Avalanche picnic area, so plan on an early arrival to ensure getting a parking space at this very popular spot. The free park shuttle also stops close by.
The trail was a combination of boardwalk and groomed dirt pathways, but wheel chair accessible. With the informative signage, we kept a slow pace, and took the time to study our surroundings.
It is amazing how much more you notice when you slow down…
What do you see????
Johns Lake Loop
Our second hike was a little longer and had a bit more diversity. This three-mile loop took us past Johns Lake, over the road, across a bridge, past small falls, and along the river.
Then it got confusing. Tim had taken a picture of the trail map on his phone, but his phone died mid hike.
Perhaps some signage got removed, but we finally had to ask someone for directions to make sure we were headed in the correct direction back toward the car. It turns out you actually walk alongside the roadway for the last half mile or so.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that most of the paths are well-marked and that we have been able to negotiate a variety of trails. The rangers did a fabulous job of recommending hikes for us that allowed us to see new and different scenery on each outing.