Are we having fun yet ?
I have had a life long best friend, who I lovingly call " Lu Hu." We have had many good times over the years . Lu Hu had come to visit me, from back East, in Pennsylvania, and this was our day to go up into Glacier National Park. We had decided to hike up the trail to Lower Quartz Lake.
We started from the picnic site on Bowman Lake, where we could see Numa Peak, to our West and Rainbow Peak to the East. We decided to hike up Cerulean Ridge, because It's an easier climb.
As usual we found lots of interesting sights, and much to talk about, when we paused long enough to catch our breath.
When we passed a Rangers Cabin, not far from the campground, we spoke of what it would be like to live there, and look at this beautiful scenery every morning . But being used to modern conveniences, these thoughts soon passed and we moved on.
It wasn't long before the trail forked to the right, and after about 3.6 miles, we would find Lower Quartz Lake. If we were to take the left fork, we would go through heavy forests, up Cerulean Ridge toward the crest. From up here, we can view the new growth of trees after the 1988 Red Bench fire.
From here we can take the fork to Quartz Lake, for about 6.6 miles of glorious scenery. You can see the Back Country Quartz Lake Campground, with a small beach. If you go on to Middle Quartz Lake, you have completed a popular day hike.
From Quartz Ridge we can look down on beautiful Quartz Lake, where it lays peacefully, at the foot of Vulture Peak and Square Peak. Our trail is steep but well shaded, which is just what we need as we stop to rest and catch our breath. Lu Hu, her late husband and I, had taken many camping trips so we had many memories to recall as we hike these lovely trails. As we grew tired, we would sit and ask each other " Are we having fun yet ? ", and we sure were.
Well --- in reality, we are both unable to hike these beautiful trails, at our ages,
But --- We can dream, can't we?
To you who are able to take this lovely hike, If you do bring in a horse to carry your gear, remember that you must also bring in animal food, as there are no grazing areas. This trail is thick with underbrush and trees, All of the campsites have a hanging pole and an outhouse, supplied with lots of old newspapers.
You may enjoy fishing the Outlet Creek, but no one promises how many trout you may catch or how large they will be.