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The second day at Sperry Chalet. Hiking to the Sperry Glacier

One of the greatest day hikes one can experience heads up four miles  and 1500 feet from Sperry Chalet,  over Comeau Pass into the high boulder and lake expanse below Sperry Glacier.  The views of of the massive, magnificent back country of Glacier National Park sweep the eyes up into infinity.

However, the journey up there is most memorable.  The trail switches back through six levels of beauty–musical waterfalls and streams of multiple sizes, wildflowers that call the eye to linger, animals like mountain goats, marmots, pikas, ptarmigan, rocks of incredible sizes, shapes, and colors.

Coming back down, Meg and I simply meandered, trying as best possible to extend the day and intensify our memories.

waterfall on hike from Sperry Chalet to Sperry Glacier.  Look closely to see the mountain goat midway up the rocks

Meg on rock stairs at Comeau Pass

One of the hiking levels on the way to Sperry Glacier

another level of the Sperry Glacier hike

Little Matterhorn, Glacier National Park, below Sperry Glacier (Note all the colors in the rocks!)

Can you find the ptarmigan that Meg is hiking past?

The beargrass was everywhere!

Crossing one of the snowfields above Sperry Chalet

On top of the world in the Sperry Glacier, Glacier National Park area

a typical section of of the Sperry Glacier hike

Close encounters of the goat kind

As you know from a previous post, Meg and I enjoyed an excellent day hike from the Sperry Chalet to the Sperry Glacier. The hike climbed steadily through four levels of waterfalls and lakes, before reaching a high snow field that led the Sperry Glacier.

To reach this last level, Meg and I had to climb up through Comeau Pass, a cleft in the rock wall that had been widened to create steps.  A plastic covered steel cable provided protection and balance.  Meg was ahead a me, when she stopped and said, “Eric, there is a mountain goat looking down at me.  Who has the right of way?” Fortunately the goat was merely curious and allowed Meg to continue upwards.  I did get some memorable shots, including the last one of a young goat kid.