Going-to-the-Sun Mountain


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).


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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.


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Going-to-the-Sun Mountain


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).

More of Glacier National Park to come!


53 thoughts on “Going-to-the-Sun Mountain

    • I’m very glad we went that day, the other days were just too heavy in smoke with ongoing air quality alerts. It’s saddening to see the increase in the wildfires, scary too….😌

  1. It’s too bad about the smoke. It’s still a beautiful place. We too have been dealing with haze and smoke filled skies from forest fires to the north here in northern Wisconsin. We had a rainy weekend so I’m hoping that the rain had a positive impact on the fires.

    • It is still beautiful, and the smoke did give some nice contrasting shots I’ll be sharing. The past week, the smoke was very heavy, couldn’t see anything in a distance. It rained Sunday also but it didn’t help as much as hoped here.

  2. Donna, this is beautiful, and aren’t you lucky to have been able to see and capture it on a clear day. So sad to think of the damage that all the fires are doing, and what the smoky, cloudy skies represent. I’m looking forward to more of your adventures!

  3. Too bad the smoke is ruining the views of Glacier National Park. I went there in September 2015, just after some forest fires inside the park were brought under control. There was no smoke or haze.

    • I’m taking it all in stride. The smoke did give a different take on the park (upcoming posts), actually some beautiful contrasts. We’d like to come back another year, that time will be before the wildfire season begins. 🙂

  4. Gorgeous scenery! It almost looks like there was some smoke in the distance. Your foreground is super clear, as you go towards the mountains, it gets a bit hazy. Still an impressive view!

  5. Danged smoke anyway! But at least you managed a taste of the scenery. Seems as though summers out here have become the season of smoke and fire! 🥴

  6. That is a beautiful scene. Lots of fires everywhere, which are heating the water in the lakes and killing the fish and other life. And the prairies are in drought too…a very serious situation.

    • Thank you, Jane. It’s distressful for sure. I’ve become accustomed to checking the fire maps to see if any have started near our campground, so I can imagine having to live and do this every summer for residents. 😦

  7. There is not enough smoke in the world to tarnish the beauty of our mountains or the high altitude forests! Wonderful shots, Donna. 🙂

  8. Beautiful shots, Donna. So sorry about the smoke problem, though. Liked the story about the mountain. I am reading Tony Hillerman books this summer, and his Navajo stories are similar.

  9. Sorry to hear about your smoke exposure. It has been bad here for the last week as well and on some days, we can’t even see the mountains, which are basically just a couple of miles to the West. It’s very disconcerting and I hope the wildfires can be extinguished soon.

    • Glacier NP had some heavy smoke days, I’ll be sharing some photos. Since leaving northwest Montana, we’ve traveled 1,000 miles down through Idaho, Utah and into Wyoming, we’ve not seen clear skies yet. Colorado will be there for us to return another year, either early summer or into the fall after the wildfire season is over. Praying for this year’s wildfires and what it is destroying, as well as the brave firefighters risking their lives.

  10. That mountain is beautiful and your compositions are very nice! Even though these are smoky, I still like them very much. They show a true account of what it looked like. The scenes are soft and very pretty the way you framed them.

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