|Three waterfalls at once on the trail to Franz Josef Glacier|
|Our first view of the glacier. There were many nice waterfalls along the way.|
|Getting closer. The temperature is dropping. Glacier clearly in sight.|
|End of the line. This is as close as you can get, unless you|
take a helicopter that will take you further up to a safe landing
spot. That is VERY expensive. We did not do it.
|4 years and look how much this glacier has retreated.|
We got our early start because Cindy really wanted to take one of the most difficult glacier viewing hikes here in Glacier Country. More than 3000 feet elevation gain, rough, raw, and not frequently traveled. I told here I would try my best. We left the Frans Josef Glacier and went back to our hotel to grab our belongings and check out. Then, we drove 25 minutes to Fox Glacier. We found the trail head and parked. First thing we see is a warning sign about the toughness of the trail. We proceed, and sure enough, this is not a maintained path. It is rough and raw, with fallen trees and debris on the trail. It is VERY steep with some sections almost vertical as you climb up tree roots. After about 40 minutes of this I am realizing that I am in no condition to this for 6 or 7 more hours. We turn around and head back down. I guess I am just too old and not in the shape I used to be, because 10 years ago this would not have been that bad. Now, it was tortuous. This kind of hiking is just not for me anymore, unless I get in better shape. Cindy could have easily gone a lot further. On the plus side, had we completed it, we would have seen nothing as the glacier ended up in the clouds in a few hours.
|When your trail starts with a warning, you know it's going to be tough.|
|Cindy playing Tarzan swinging from a jungle vine.|
|Starting to get tough. Climbing up, and up, and up.|
|Then down, down, down.|
|And back up we go. This trail was exhausting.|
|Fox Glacier has also retreated quite a bit....|
|Close up of the Fox Glacier.|
|Cindy was upset last year when we did not take our boat to Alaska.|
She proclaimed "I'll never get to see a glacier". Ha, she was wrong!
|Heading to Blue Pools. Another suspension bridge.|
There was one more suspension bridge on this trail
|Amazing, clear, blue water. It just doesn't look real in person.|
|Cindy commented that the water reminder her of the clear blue water we|
experienced in much if Mexico.