We visited Glacier National Park Sept. 8-14, 2012. The park has three roads: one on the west side, the Going to the Sun Road that cuts across the park from southwest to northeast, and a short road to Two Medicine Mountain and Two Medicine Lake (the latter were important sites to Indians who traveled here to seek strength and inspiration). Two Medicine Lake is one of the park's most beautiful places .
We made the round trip on the park's Going to the Sun Road 3-1/2 times. The first time we did the trip, we took the 8-hour sightseeing trip "Crown of the Continent" - the name for the mountain peaks at the top of the park - with one of the park's Red Buses. Each red bus holds about 20 people and its top can be rolled back to view the mountains up close. The Red Buses were the park's earliest means of transportation and were recreated and brought back in 1994.
The road begins in the valley on the Trail of Cedars, then passes Lake McDonald and McDonald River and then goes up to the top stopping at 3 lodges. The lake originally had an Indian name. When Mr. McDonald discovered it, he carved his name on a tree on the edge of the lake and the name stuck! As the road ascends, it's a scary, narrow road on the edge of cliffs between mountain peaks and deep glacier valleys.
Glaciers at Logan Pass (Max climbed up to them):
Here are photos of McDonald Lodge. The "front" of the lodge was on McDonald Lake because people arrived there by boat!
McDonald River which flows into McDonald Lake:
The bottom of Lake McDonald at Abgar with its "Crown of the Continent" peaks: Howe Ridge, Roger's Peak, Stanton Mountain, Mountain Vaught, McPartland Mountain, Garden Wall (thin and wide like a wall), Mt. Cannon, Mt Brown, Little Matterhorn (a 3-sided mountain)O, Edwards Mountain, Gunsight Mountain (with the ledge in the middle like you would set a rifle on), and Belton Hills - which seem to form a face (hair, forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, chin, Adams apple) - said to the the ghost of Mr. Grinnel who was instrumental in making Glacier a national park!