Fall Color Report: Glacier National Park

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It’s that time of year again: the leaves are turning, as lush green gives way to yellow, gold, and red. In the west, to be sure, it’s mostly yellow. Last week I was out in Glacier National Park, and the leaves were definitely turning out there. I had been led to believe (or perhaps misled to believe) that Glacier didn’t reach peak about the first week of October. Well, Glacier was close to peak by the end of the third week of September. And the show is really quite impressive, on par with what I’ve seen in other parts of the Rockies, including the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Let’s take a closer examination with some pics:

Here’s a shot from the road to Many Glacier taken last Wednesday (September 17):

Not quite peak foliage, but working on it.

Here are some shots from last Thursday (September 18) from St. Mary Lake area:

And now for some shots from last Friday (September 19). From Lower St. Mary Lake:

From St. Mary Lake, adjacent to the road to St. Mary Campground:

From above St. Mary Lake:

Now from the western side of the park, starting from a couple of shots taken from Going-to-the-Sun-Road:

And finally, a few shots from Lake McDonald:

I would imagine peak color should be hitting on the east side this week. But it could prove short lived, as the winds are starting to kick up east of the continental divide. On the west side, peak should begin around the end of this week and last into next week. Not so much wind over on the west side!