August 22, 2009

This morning we drove to Glacier National Park and stopped at McDonald Lake.



We then hiked the Trail of the Cedars, a beautiful trail through a red cedar and hemlock forest. We came across a cedar tree that had fallen and had an interesting exposed root system.




The sun shining on this red cedar stump was a great photo opportunity.



We turned off the Trail of the Cedars and hiked the trail to Avalanche Lake. This trail followed Avalanche Creek where there were beautiful falls through a narrow gorge.



Avalanche Lake was a gorgeous mountain lake surrounded by spectacular waterfalls.



The trail was very crowded. We have usually taken our trips in the fall when the National Parks have not been very crowded. Consequently, we were not prepared for the large crowds and amount of traffic. It is still a beautiful area.

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