Glacier National Park is a great place for photography, so one of the common questions I get asked working in the park is: “Where is the best spot in Glacier to take pictures?” So, today, I present you with 5 of my favorite spots for photography in Glacier National Park
1. Lake McDonald
I’ve probably taken more photos from the Lake McDonald dock in Apgar than anywhere else in the Park. Often times in Glacier, the views get better the longer you’re willing to hike, but Lake McDonald is definitely an exception to that. At Lake McDonald, you can drive right up to some primo spots to set up your camera.
2. The Grinnell Glacier Trail
Many Glacier has an abundance of scenic hikes, but in terms of “wow factor,” Grinnell Glacier takes the cake. One of the best things about this trail is that even if you only hike a portion of it, it’s definitely worth your while.
3. Logan Pass
Logan Pass is the high point of the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Even though it’s busy, the pass is worth a stop. If you’re looking for great photos of Glacier in all it’s glory, your head will be spinning with options up there.
4. Elizabeth Lake
Elizabeth Lake takes a little work to get to. You either have to hike in 9.5 miles via the Chief Mountain Trailhead, at the very northeast corner of the Park. You can also hike 9 miles from the Many Glacier Valley, through the Ptarmigan Tunnel. Most folks who visit this spot do so on a multi-day backpacking trip. Elizabeth is certainly worth the effort and the miles it takes to get there, and it’s one of the most photogenic lakes in the Park, if you ask me.
5. Granite Park Chalet
This location is also a bit of a hike, but Granite Park Chalet is more than worth it. There’s a backcountry campground at Granite, as well as a historical chalet where you can reserve a nice comfy bed and enjoy cowboy poetry by the fireplace at the end of your day. Spots in the Chalet often fill up quickly, but Glacier Guides offers several different options for chalet trips throughout the summer, so you can book a 3 day trip to Granite Park and leave the work to us.
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Also, I’d like to give a special shout out to Chelsea Tuttle. Chelsea is one of our awesome river guides, as well as an incredibly talented photographer, videographer, bus and motorcycle mechanic, and blogger. A lot of the photos in this blog are hers. If you’d like to see more of her work, check out her website, Traveling Tuttles, or subscribe to her blog.