This hike is a superb example of why we hike on fine Autumn days. Cool temperatures (28 degrees at 9 am) fostered a rolling mist, lending a mystical air to Bowman Lake as we began the hike.
Dry leaves rustled underfoot, raising that unmistakable Autumn aroma into my nostrils. I breathed deep, relaxing into the solace of the wilderness.
At the proverbial fork in the trail, we chose the left, heading to Upper Quartz Lake. Deep forest envelops you, and you quickly lose sight of Bowman Lake. Gentle elevation gain and two hours later, we had earned our first view of Lower Quartz Lake. (Yes, we are heading to Upper Quartz, but the topography offers Lower Quartz first.)
Dramatically, the trail drops in a descent to the valley floor. On the way, we glimpse Upper Quartz on the left and Middle Quartz on the right.
The beach at Upper Quartz Lake offers a full-on view of Bighorn Mountain. For future reference, we note that the campsites are right on the lake and situated close together. Wouldn't you like to wake up to this panorama?
We quickly encountered this bridge between Upper and Middle Quartz, and just as rapidly learned that Middle Quartz is not accessible. Thick Alder guards the lake edges, which spin away into the distance, forming an impenetrable barrier (unless you are a Moose!)
The path between Middle and Lower Quartz Lake undulates like a kiddie rollercoaster, and sports many recently downed trees, likely victims of a wind storm.
The climb from Lower Quartz back to the ridge was short but steep. But for me, the descent to Bowman, a series of many switchbacks, was worse - a quad killer! The whole day, we only saw six people on the trail, and all of them were on this section. A middle-aged couple (with no bear spray) was just hitting the trail and hoping to make it to Lower Quartz. I always wonder if these are the people we hear about on the news!
With the day's sun, the mist had burned off and we had stunning views of the lake, Numa Ridge, Mount Peabody, Rainbow Peak and Mount Carter.
Can you believe the two photos below are the same view, just 7 hours apart?
Although it does not show up on the photos, the mountains had a dusting of snow, as though someone had shaken a little powdered sugar on them!
On the way home, we stopped at the Polebridge Mercantile for their famous baked goods. Just a few miles further on, a road-side sign advertising Huckleberry Margaritas enticed us to pop into Home Ranch Bottoms - it was as good as it sounded!
But perhaps best of all was the evening sunlight, casting its special glow on the already-golden larches and aspens.
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It would be my dream to spend some days near this lake. You have mentioned a Rainbow peak. Is there a reason for its name?ReplyDelete
Looks like a great hike with beautiful views of the lake and mountains.
The baked goods and margaritas sounds yummy. Have a great day and a happy new week!!
I envy you. To be able to hike in such gorgeous nature. Enjoying the mist and grouse strutting ahead. We don´t have that gorgeous mountains in Sweden. We have mountains of course, up north, but not this kind. Orus are softer. Probably older.ReplyDelete
...you sure are surrounded by some beautiful scenery!!! Thanks Angie for hosting the party.ReplyDelete
What an great adventure, Angie, I admire your excellent condition. The nature you show us here is wonderful. Are there bears? Uiii, I fear them.ReplyDelete
Have a very good week.
I am always amazed at the beauty of your area, WOW!ReplyDelete
You are so fortunate to be able to hike these wonderful trails in Glacier National Park, Angie ad see all these spectacular views! You deserved that huckleberry margarita after this long hike.ReplyDelete
Your landscape photos are stunning Angie. They could be published in some high-class nature magazine! I enjoyed very much, happy new week.ReplyDelete
I heartily thank you both for hosting and for sharing always breathtaking images!
Happy new week
Daniela at ~ My little old world ~
Spectacular scenery and lovely photos, Angie. Always a pleasure to tag along with you virtually on your hikes!ReplyDelete
PS: Thanks for hosting, Angie!ReplyDelete
What spectacular views! And the grouse can sure give you a scare when they fly out of the bushes! Love seeing your hiking pics, very different from my FL hikes! Enjoy your week.ReplyDelete
Beautiful. And the caterpillar is indeed magical!ReplyDelete
Love the stunning views of the lake and mountains, Angie.ReplyDelete
Hiking affords you the best of views. Your photos show the glorious area you enjoyed. Amazing! Fun stops on the way home, too. Happy February to you!!ReplyDelete
"unless you are a Moose!" :-DD
Dear Angie, that was a wonderful trip with magnificent views! And no, I didn't think there was only 7 hours between the two pictures - I would have guessed it was magic. Thanks for the beautiful nature shots!
All the best after my blogbreak (and before your blog break),
What a beautiful place to hike Angie, so many stunning views of the lakes and mountains. Like the little fuzzy buy in the first photo too.ReplyDelete
This looks a very good hike, such lovely views of the lake and mountains.
Can you believe it's February tomorrow, I wish you a happy new month.
All the best Jan
Wonderful shots. There's another kind of grouse in the countryside here that has that same tendency.ReplyDelete
Misty autumn mornings that lead to sunny afternoons are the very best for hiking. Your shots reveal the beauty of your hike so well. Downed trees are interesting to speculate about their fall - we saw quite a few on our hike on Sunday, too.ReplyDelete
Wow, you have some gorgeous photos here!ReplyDelete
Amazing hike -- that blue sky!, those mountains!! and I of course love that you saw grouse. And that definitely is the perfect way to end a day of hiking.ReplyDelete
Huckleberry Margaritas!! Sign me up, sign me up for that hike as well. What a great adventure, such great photos you got. I'm totally jealous.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos...thanks for sending them.ReplyDelete
Really great tour you guys had. What a beautiful country. Great. I enjoyed every picture.
Greetings to you.
I enjoyed this hike with you. Thankyou!ReplyDelete
Such wonderful photos! Thank you for taking us along on your hike :)ReplyDelete
I enjoyed our hike! Fantastic views.ReplyDelete
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