Glacier National Park 2021 – Day 6

Hey Guys!

This post continues our time in Glacier National Park.

We visited the park Sept. 4-11.

Click here to read about visiting the park in Sept.

The park required reservations to access the Sun Road this year. I’m sure this will be implemented again in 2022. Read here on how to get reservations.

Tip: You only need a reservation to enter the park from the Apgar (West Entrance), Camas Road and the St Mary (East) Entrances. No reservations are required to enter Many Glacier, Two Medicine, Polebridge & Cutbank….read here to see all of the entrances.

Read Day 1 here, Day 2 here, Day 3 here, Day 4 here, & Day 5 here – Read my post on 101 Things to Do Outside of the Park, here – and to read my posts from last year on the West side of the park, click here.

Today we didn’t have a lot planned as we were still sore from hiking the Grinnell Glacier trail!

Once again, we started our morning relaxing and having coffee on our private balcony.

We never got tired of waking up to these incredible views!

We spotted a bald eagle while we were sitting on our balcony!

There are more than 260 species of birds found in the varied habitats of Glacier National Park.

We saw so much more wildlife on this trip than we did last year!

After our coffee, we decided to get ready and go have breakfast in the dining room.

On the way, we stopped to admire the incredible views from the hotel windows.

After ordering breakfast, we chose a table with a view of the lake.

We both ordered the bacon, egg & cheese bagel with hash browns. I was so glad they had gluten free bread.

See the menu to the restaurant here

Once again, we thought the food was really good.

After breakfast, I snapped a few pictures of the inside of the hotel.

I spotted this old barber’s chair and had to take a picture and send to my mom.

Her dad had been a barber for years and had a chair almost identical to this one and she still has it.

This old document I found online said the barber chair was manufactured by the Emil J Paidar company that was based out of Chicago…they had been making barber chairs since the early 1900’s.

We then decided to go outside and take a few pictures.

Here’s a picture of our balcony…if you look closely, you can spot me in the picture!

After taking a few more pictures in front of the lake, we decided to walk the short trail along the Swiftcurrent Lake.

Shots along the trail…

A shot of the hotel from the trail..

The trail is very flat and paved for most of the way…

The views along the trail are beautiful!

We came up on some cabins that appeared to be used for housing employees.

How awesome would it be to live here?!

Look at the views they have!

We continued our walk along the trail…taking our time and just enjoying the views.

A few minutes past the cabins, we came up on a wooden bridge that crossed a creek.

At this point, we decided to turn around and head back towards the hotel..

Shots along the way.

Arriving back to the hotel.

Unbeknownst to us, if we had continued along the trail, we would have arrived to Lake Josephine…it’s only 1.1 mi from the Many Glacier Hotel.

Lake Josephine is gorgeous so I highly recommend you continue along the trail!

Click here for a list of the best trails located in the Many Glacier area

More shots..

We spotted this beautiful white butterfly that had landed on some flowers so I just had to get a picture. 😉

Click here for complete list of butterflies & moths found in the park

After spending some time outside, we decided to go back inside the hotel and head to the gift shop to buy some souvenirs.

After doing some shopping, we decided we would hike to Redrock Falls.

The trailhead is located at the far end of the parking area for the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn at the end of Many Glacier Road.

The hike is approx. 4 mi round trip and is located on the same trail that leads to FisherCap Lake. You just keep hiking past Fishercap.

Shots of the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.

For the most part, the trail travels under the canopy of the forest as it makes its way towards Redrock Falls.

However, there will be several open areas along the way that provide outstanding views of the surrounding mountains.

At 1.7 miles you will reach Redrock Lake, the second destination on this hike.

Tip: Make sure you have bear spray any time you hike in Glacier! Be bear aware!

The views from this lake are also quite beautiful!

You’ll have commanding views of 8851-foot Mt. Grinnell and Swiftcurrent Glacier towards the southwest, and 8436-foot Swiftcurrent Mountain almost directly towards the west.

On the opposite side of the lake, sitting below Mount Grinnell, is Redrock Falls.  

Shots along the way…

We spotted this cute little ground squirrel eating snowberries…

Click here for list of animals in the park

As you make your way around to the far western shore you’ll pass some of the red rock formations that provided the inspiration for the naming of the lake and the falls.

At just over 2 miles, you will reach an unmarked split in the trail. Walking a short distance along the left fork will lead you down to the lower falls.

Redrock Falls is actually a series of cascades.

Upon arrival at the lower falls you’ll notice several small side trails that lead to various vantage points that offer views of the lower and upper falls.

No wonder they call it Redrock..

The lower falls…

At this point, we turned around and headed back.

Tip: Read more here about the hike because we missed the bigger falls

You can continue hiking past Redrock Falls to Bullhead Lake further up the valley. This would add another 3 miles to your overall hike.

On our way back, we came across several grouse crossing the trail..

They were not bothered by us at all!

As we arrived back to Redrock Lake, we spotted a moose and her baby!

We watched them for quite some time…it was such a cool experience!

Click here for a list of mammals in the park

Continuing along the trail..

We made a quick detour to see if there were any moose in Fishercap Lake….we were told they had just left.

So, we headed back to the hotel to have dinner.

A shot of the hotel from the parking lot

We headed to the dining room and ordered dinner and grabbed a table where we could watch the sunset.

I ordered the salmon with rice & asparagus ($26)  & the hubby ordered the beef roast (they called it beef short ribs on the menu) with mashed potatoes and gravy and asparagus ($25).

See menu here

The food was very good!

After dinner, we headed back to our room and sat on our balcony for a while before heading to bed.

Thanks for reading!

Stay tuned for Day 7

 

 

 

 

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