Den & Kath's Vacation '99 - Day 6

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The recommendation we had received from the ranger on Thursday was a 2 mile hike to Avalanche Lake. Because we had heard the ranger give the same recommendation to several other people, we decided we better get an early start (again...). The trail started out with a gentle climb through a beautiful cedar forest along Avalanche Creek, which was your typical glacial runoff stream thundering over house-sized boulders. When we had climbed past the cedars we were in moss-covered pine forest, with enough breaks to see the sun climbing the peaks around us. We got to Avalanche Lake in time to see the sunlight coming over the mountain and streaming down to the edge of the lake. There was a lot of humidity in the air which caused the most amazing light show. From the foot of Avalanche Lake we could see four of the five waterfalls feeding into Avalanche Lake. Though we hiked to the end of the trail, we couldn't see the fifth waterfall. Instead of fighting through the woods to get to the waterfalls, we headed back down the trail. On the way down, we met the ranger who had given us the recommendation leading a group hike up the trail, proof that the rangers put their money where their mouth is.

We relaxed through mid-day on Friday, expecting that there would be a crowd in the park. Late evening brought incredible light, so we went in search of some pictures. We went part way up the Going-to-the-Sun Highway and found ourselves nearly alone. Assuming that most people avoided the highway at night, we continued on to Logan Pass. At nearly 10:00 at night we saw an amazing sunset from the pass. The trip down provided as many views as ever, with enough light left even at 10:00 to take pictures.

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