Time to start sharing Glacier National Park! For our two weeks’ entrance passes, there was only one day that provided some clearing of the smoke in the park. From that day, it went from bad to worse with heavy smoke and air quality alerts, and we quit going in. It was disheartening to know why there was smoke in the first place, they’re saying this year’s wildfires for the U.S. have been the worse ever.
Thankfully, we drove the park’s famous Going-to-the-Sun Road that clearer day, and found Logan Pass the clearest. Logan Pass is located along the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park and is the highest point on the Going-to-the-Sun Road at 6,646 ft (2025 m).
Here is the famous Going-to-the-Sun Mountain, as seen from Logan Pass looking east. This mountain is 9,642 ft (2939 m).
Going-to-the-Sun Mountain (center)
This is one of the most famous and sacred mountains in the park. The Blackfoot Indians tell the story of Napi, their Sun God, “who actually came down to earth to help his people during a period of great misfortune. When his work was done, Napi began to climb Going-to-the-Sun Mountain, and he was last seen on the upper cliffs as he disappeared back into the sun.“
Going-to-the-Sun Mountain is not the tallest peak in the park (Mt. Cleveland is the tallest at 10,466 ft (3,190 m). Glacier National Park boasts more than one hundred summits that rise above 8,000 feet (2,438 m).