|Short climb to Sunrift Gorge|
|Water drips off the walls of the gorge|
|The water turns a corner here and then you have to go downstream to see more|
Climb back down and continue on the walkway that goes under the bridge. Looking upstream, you will see the bottom of the above feature.
|This was the first falls I saw because I climbed the steps last|
The stream continues down the hill, boiling and making other water features.
|Foaming hole just downstream of the bridge|
|A visitor enjoys the stream on the down stream side of the bridge|
|This picture is looking downstream just a little down from the last picture|
The trail just keeps going and near the bridge, you find that you can visit four falls. And you can also join other trails and probably walk for miles and days. I decided to go on down to Baring Falls. On my way there I saw a very strange sight. I caught a glimpse of four legs behind a woman hiker coming towards me, and at first though she was leading a llama. But as soon as I saw the entire animal, I realized it was a deer. I stepped off the path so they could pass and the deer stopped to grab a bite of thimbleberries. Then she hurried to catch up with the lady. As the lady passed me, she whispered, " It seems to like me." The deer nonchalantly passed me, still seemingly intent on following the lady. The hikers in back were also thrilled and stopped to ask if I'd ever seen anything like it.
|One of these hikers is not like the others|
|Mariposa lily trio|
|Yellow mountain columbine|
|Lushly growing flowers on cliffside next to falls.|
After enjoying the falls a few minutes, then taking the time to show another couple the best spot from which to see it, I started back to the car. I decided I had enough light to make the hike to St. Mary's falls, which is on another path leading from the same rest stop.
But after you have heard about one hike, the rest in the same area are pretty much the same. Just more oohs and ahas and lots of stops to take pictures of pretty little waterfalls, colored rocks, the big mountains, wildflowers and to try to get photographs of bees and butterflies.
I put all the pictures from Going-to-the Sun highway in a folder on Flickr. I added titles and captions to help you understand them. Enjoy as many of them as you can stand.
Most of Glacier is only available to backpackers and many of the hikes into the interior start along Going-to-the -Sun Highway. I wish I could still enjoy the solitude found at the end of a long hike but I'm only able to do day hikes now. But if you still can, consider backpacking in Glacier. And for sure get out of your car to explore short distances from the highway. Better yet, jump on and off the shuttle, especially if you must visit during the middle of the day.