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462. Ptarmigan Tunnel (08/27/05)

Hikers (10): Carissa, Chester, Eugene, George, Janice, Paul, Peter, Ross, Sue, Terry
Distance: 11 miles
Rating: 4 difficulty, 10 beauty
Park info: Glacier National Park in Montana

Peter owes a writeup! -- Pictures by George and Sue

George in front of Heaven's Peak on the road to the Many Glacier area

The Many Glacier Lodge (Taylor was smart enough to stay here while the rest of us rassled with the bears)

We saw a grizzly and two cubs soon after passing this spot

Backside of the famous Garden Wall

Taking a break at Ptarmigan Falls

The giant switchbacks that lead up to the tunnel

Heading up the switchbacks

View from the other side of the tunnel, looking north towards Canada

Beautiful view of a glacier from the top

There was a sheer drop on one side (check out the red rocks)

Can you see the moose?

Beautiful Iceberg Lake

The best part of a long hard hike is the dinner afterwards

Note -- the hike is officially listed as 11 miles, but:

For more great shots, check out George and Sue's albums.

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