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Glacier National Park: lakes, mountains and glaciers

The Glacier National Park, one of the most fascinating and spectacular parks in the American Rockies, is located in the north-west of the state of Montana, this park covers around 1,500 square miles (about 4,000 sq km). The park –  along with the bordering Canadian park of Waterton Lakes National Park –  form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The park is famous for its glaciers, there are about 25, but the park is also rich in lakes, waterfalls and mountains, there are six peaks over 3,000 meters high.

Among the lakes, which are several hundred, the largest is the Lake McDonald that is located in the western part of the park. Among the most spectacular are the Saint Mary Lake with, at its center, the small island of Wild Goose Island and a spectacular range of mountains above it. The park is full of flowers, forests and animals, there are bears, mountain goats, moose and deer.


Lake Mc Donald is the largest of the park’s lakes, it’s 16 km long, 1,6 km wide and 120 m. deep. From the foot of the lake at Apgar, the Continental Divide cuts a jagged path along the distant skyline. The valley were is the lake was formed by a combination of erosion and glacial activity. Lake McDonald lies at an altitude of 960 m., the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along it’s southern shoreline.


Logan Pass is located along the Continental Divide, at 2,026 metres (6,646 ft). it the highest point on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The pass is closed during the winter. Going-to-the-Sun Road open, yet is generally open from the end of May until mid October. A summer seasonal visitor center is open just east of the pass.


St. Mary Lake is a large lake on the eastern end of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, it is the second largest in Glacier National Park, it measures about 15 sq km.

Incredible mountain views greet the traveler to this scenic roadway, the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along it’s north shore, the lake is 11.3 km long and is located at an altitude of 1,370 m. This lake offer, in my opinion, the most beautiful view of the park.


The Many Glacier area of the park is a little bit farther out of the way, but it’s plenty scenic. The most popular view is from the Many Glacier Hotel, this hotel, built in 1914-1915, is the largest hotel in the park with 208 rooms.

Chief Mountain (2,787 m.) lies on the Montana-Alberta border. Chief Mountain is a prominent landmark in Northern Montana.

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