Glacier National Park in July 2016: Unforgettable experience soon to be Extinct / by Andres Leon

I had the wonderful opportunity to fulfill one of my ultimate travel destination desires. Visiting Glacier National Park in Montana was a truly magical and inspiring experience. Nelly and I met up with our great friends Harry and Christina and traveled to the East side of the park where we stayed at the St. MAry's KOA. We spent 6 days hiking about 37 miles of this magnificent park. Though exhausted and sore in the end, it was an experience I would happily repeat any time! In fact, if you are an avid hiker and photographer like myself, I strongly urge you to visit this treasure before its main attraction: the glaciers located on the higher elevations points of the park, disappear for ever. This event is believed to occur no later than 2020, less than four years from now. 

 The classic modes of transportation provided by the park to reduce traffic are great to look at, but require patience and flexibility to make them enjoyable parts of the experience. 

The classic modes of transportation provided by the park to reduce traffic are great to look at, but require patience and flexibility to make them enjoyable parts of the experience. 

The park provides many short hikes that are both easy and enjoyable. Trail of the Cedars and Apikuni Falls are well maintained and easy to access  However, to truly appreciate the beauty this place has to offer, I suggest you push yourself a bit and embark on the more strenuous paths such as Grinnell Glacier Lake and Iceberg Glacier lake. Both hikes are over 10 miles long but provide some of the most inspiring views I've ever encountered. You can reward your effort of reaching the lakes by dipping your feet, or perhaps your whole body, in the glacial water. Believe, you've not felt cold water until you submerge yourself in one of these lakes.

 Grinell Glacier Lake.. the water was... chilli. (And yes.. that white stuff on the water behind me are icebergs!)

Grinell Glacier Lake.. the water was... chilli. (And yes.. that white stuff on the water behind me are icebergs!)

Though not done processing most of the images from this trip, I just wanted to share a few I have done. I will post more details about these images later. Enjoy!