Friday, September 23, 2011
Canada's Glacier National Park
Saturday: (09/24) We had granola and bananas for breakfast. I was out on a hike by 7:30.
The river that flows by our campsite.
Along the trail were many information placards that told the stories of the old Glacier House that used to be right near our campsite that was a world famous hotel back in the period 1893-1926. It was a mecca for alpine mountain climbers, in fact, it was the first such sport climbing site in North America.
Actually little remains, just a few foundation pieces and a couple of old boiler tanks and a rusted bathtub. In it's day, Glacier House was "the' place to go.
I hiked a portion of the old Canadian Pacific Railroad grade that used to take the trains over Rogers Pass. Now there is a tunnel that bypasses this section of the track and all the potential avalanches that had regularly occurred.
The trail is about 5 miles out and back. Above shows the old roadbed. The tree roots seemed to like to grow across where the old railroad ties had been.
I was surprised to find some flowers still blooming with the fall colors already coming on strong.
With all the rain, mushrooms weren't a surprise.
Down at the other campground at the far end of the trail there are several old stone railroad bridge towers that made me think of Stonehenge. Nice hike.