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By Skyhawk to the Pacific - Day 4 - Havre to Glacier Park

July 16, 2017 10:30 PM | Michael Brown (Administrator)

Day 4 was a short one - just 190 miles from KHVR - Havre, Montana - to KGPI - Glacier Park International.

We left Havre around 8AM, and flew in clear blue skies all the way.

The flight was a bit slow - we had to climb to about 10,800 feet to clear the mountains in the pass from East Glacier Park to the airport, and at that altitude we had such a strong headwind that our ground speed was only 60-70 knots.

After a couple of hours, the Rocky Mountains appeared in front of us.

Our flight path was from Havre to East Glacier Park, the eastern gateway to the park. From there, we flew IFR - I Follow Roads -following Route 2 through Maria's Pass, the lowest pass in the Rockies.

The road leads down a steep valley to West Glacier. Along the way are spectacular views of the mountains.

Past West Glacier, the valley opened up into the wide plain where Kalispell is located. We contacted Glacier Park tower, and were cleared to land on Runway 2, after an Allegiant Airbus and a Beech twin.

The FBO was very accommodating, and we said goodbye to N46493 for a few days.

Once we'd parked the airplane and picked up our rental car, we headed into Glacier Park, and we've spent the last two full days there. Here are some of my pictures from the park.

We rented a motorboat and spent an hour on MacDonald Lake.

The Going to the Sun Road crosses the park from west to east. We drove halfway on Friday, before we checked into our motel, and covered the entire length on Saturday.

From Logan Pass, halfway along the Going to the Sun Road, you can hike up a steep path to Hidden Lake - quite a slog, with much of the path still under snow, but well worth it when you get to the lake.

Columbia Ground Squirrels are all around.

When we got back down to Logan Pass Visitor Center, we found this Mountain Goat in the Mens Room - who says you can't get close to wildlife? You just have to look in their natural habitats - like restrooms.

St. Mary's Lake is at the eastern end of the Going to the Sun Road.

This bear was just off the trail we were hiking on in the Many Glaciers region of the park.

Hidden Meadow, in the western part of the park.

The weather looks perfect for our flight tomorrow, so we'll be off for Olympia, Washington, bright and early. Watch this blog for pictures of our flight.

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