Saturday, February 4, 2012

Glacier National Park - Rocky Point Nature Trail

Today's post is from Glacier National Park in Montana. You are seeing Lake McDonald which is the largest lake in Glacier, it is approximately 10 miles long and over a mile wide and 472 feet deep. It lies at an elevation of 3153 feet and is on the west side of the Continental Divide.

This was a summer trip to Glacier so the weather was wonderful. The Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along its southern shoreline. The lake is so beautiful and the blue water so tranquil.

The lake is home to cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and lake trout. My family enjoys trout fishing and although we didn't fish in Lake McDonald, we did some trout fishing in the area.

In 2003, a massive wildfire raged through the forests along the shore of lake McDonald, scorching nearly 40,000 acres. A transformation is now taking place among these skeletons of the forest. The Rocky Point Nature Trail leads you into the heart of this changing landscape.

The trail is a .5 mile trail from Fish Campground. Now you are seeing the skeletons of the burnt trees.

The total distance is 2.7 miles round trip and is an easy hike.

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The French Hutch said...

What beautiful photography! The lake and mountains are breathtaking! I've never been to Montana, now I know I need to visit. Thanks for an awesome visit.

The French Hutch

Jonah said...

It's a beaitoful place and your photos are great!

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful pictures!

Mariane said...

There are such fantastic places with opportunity to make great photographs - Thanks for showing your wonderful pieces
From a citizen from the other side of the "pond"

Emille said...

The vertical bare bracnches are great lead-ins to the pics:)

Margaret said...

These are beautiful photos! I've ridden over the Continental Divide not far from here and your pictures did the area true justice. It's stunning country and glad you were able to fish. Thanks for the visit to such a beautiful part of our country.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Hopped on over from Grits and Glamour's blog party...Your photos are amazing...I just love visiting all the National Parks..So beautiful!

HansHB said...

So beautiful photos!
I wish you a nice day!

Photo Cache said...

Woould love to go there someday.

Watery Wednesday

eileeninmd said...

Lovely captures from Glaciers NP. It was one of my favorite parks to visit. Thanks for sharing, Happy Watery Wednesday.

hamilton said...

Gorgeous views. And even with the fire, new growth will be allowed to make it look less spindly soon enough.

2sweetnsaxy said...

What wonderful shots. Just the kind of place my camera and I would like to visit.

Roger Owen Green said...

D for mcDONALD, I'm guessing.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Carol said...

Great photos! Such a beautiful natl park. I visited Glacier many years ago , before digital cameras, with my camera bag loaded with film. I love seeing these shots. I didn't know about the fire. Like your collage as well.

Wanda said...

Very awesome photograpy of a beautiful place. Visited there many years ago.

Wanda said...

BTW I think your banner header is very nice.

chubskulit said...


Dolce & Gabbana

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Light and Voices said...

I really like the collage.
Joyce M

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful...Glacier National Park...I was there in September, have a few post series on my blog and you will see that we must have stood the very same places:)

Tanya said...

beautiful series of photos!

Genie said...

WOW!! What a gorgeous place to go out with your camera. The landscape is food for the eyes. The colors in the different shots are so interesting. I have to say my favorites are the ones with the grasses in the foreground. They are stunning. genie

Ruta said... beautiful!

Joy said...

Love those mountains. It will be a thing of wonder to see how nature recovers and blooms again after devastation.

Powell River Books said...

Looks like a nice place to visit in the summer. - Margy

rocky point said...

Wow grate place with photography.