Vandalism by IceJust in case anyone spots it, I am admitting now that this title has its basis in a guidebook I once had. The book was on western national parks in the U.S., and, in describing the scenery of Glacier, it mentioned "the glorious vandalism of the Ice Age." That phrase turned into a title for a photo album I kept at home and for the one I have made here. And it is an appropriate one. Just go and see for yourself.
Heartbreakingly Beautiful-- Glacier National Park
Sometimes called "The Crown of the Continent," Glacier National Park is, in my opinion, the most beautiful national park in the U.S. because of its ruggedness, its wildlife, its colors, its climate, and, of course, its glaciers. The quintessential introduction to this dreamlike realm is the Hidden Lake Trail, which is crowded but for good reasons. Those who come to love the park will probably find themselves disdaining this trail, but they will return to it to access climbs to signature peaks such as Bearhat, Clements, and Reynolds. But even the popular trails have their charms-- Highline and Iceberg Lake, for example, are fairly reliable for chances to view the park's great wildlife, including the grizzly bear. And it doesn't take much effort to step into Glacier's abundant stretches of true wilderness; backpackers and strong day hikers can attest to this fact.
WhyThis album is simply a collection of my favorite pictures from my times in Glacier. Some are from climbs, some are from hikes, and many are simply from the road. I hope you will enjoy the pictures, and I hope they will urge you to visit these spectacular places. And I hope the collection of pictures grows for years and years.
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