I’ve shared these views before, but I usually do so in the winter, to show the snowpack. I thought it might be interesting to a few people to see what these views look like in the late summer when there aren’t 4-6 feet of snow on the ground.
A very large number of people, when they think of Montana, get a false impression that this state is normally cold. That is true in January and February, but during the summer, it gets quite hot, which is great because it causes plants and wildlife to flourish.
This is from Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, facing south. The last time I shared this view, it was in the middle of winter and the trees in the foreground were totally buried in snow. Those trees are at least 15-20 feet tall, which gives a good idea of how deep the snow gets. This location is at an altitude of 6646 feet, and yes, that is snow that can be seen at the bottom of the ridges in the background. The snow almost never melts here, owing to the amount of yearly snowfall, the altitude, and the angle that sunlight hits the ground.
Many of the glaciers in Glacier National Park have been growing larger for the past several years of increased yearly snowfall, as has been happening elsewhere, such as in Alaska.
This image faces Going-To-The-Sun Mountain in Glacier National Park from Logan Pass. Also at 6646 feet, the past pictures I've shared usually show this location covered in snow. There is almost no snow in this picture, though, and everything is nice and green because of the abundant moisture from the heavy yearly snowfall.