Monday, August 3, 2015
Will it be worth the drive and dedication in the future? Will the landscape be forever changed? This we will have to wait and see. This entire area is currently closed due to a devastating wild fire, which will likely reshape this landscape into something much different when all is said and done.
InciWeb still officially lists the cause as "under investigation".
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed on the east side from the St. Mary Campground to Logan Pass. And with the fire burning in close proximity to the road, this isn't expected to change anytime soon. Already charred areas are reigniting due to low humidity and high winds. Fire and smoke are expected to be visible up the Rose Creek drainage until the first snow of winter arrives.
I'm sure photographers, hikers, backpackers and outdoors enthusiasts in general are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best, especially those who have not yet had a chance to visit this beautiful and iconic place of the park.
I've spent a LOT of time in Glacier National Park hiking, backpacking, climbing and photographing. I list the park as one of my favorites, and cherish the memories I've been fortunate to create there over the years.
While wild fires are an important part of our ecosystem and many of us have learned to accept them as "change", it is always tough to see the aftermath - especially when it takes place in such a popular and scenic area of a national park.
My thoughts are with those battling this blaze, for their safety and well-being. Stay safe.
I would like to credit InciWeb for the information and statistics reported above. I recommend them as an excellent source to follow updates on wildfires.
If you haven't been so fortunate as to visit this beautiful park, or simply wish to take a stroll down memory lane, please feel free to visit my Glacier National Park Gallery.
Hope to see you on the trail in much safer conditions.