Jane Latus Emmert

Montana Artist


Glacier Park hike in the Two Medicine area

Posted by Jane Latus Emmert on August 11, 2011 at 7:50 AM

I know I'm "Montana Jane," and some people think I'm tough because I flyfish, hunt, hike, ski and bike, but I'm not a rough and rugged hiker.  I have friends who can hike 19 miles over mountain terrain in a day.   A good day for me is 5-6 miles.  Usually when I'm "hiking," I'm in the woods hunting game, so I move slowly, carefully and deliberately.  In Glacier National Park hiking is an art.  You're surrounded by incredible beauty and yet if you gawk at it too much you'll trip over a rock or tree root in the trail.  I find myself continually scanning the scenery, then the trail, then back up to the scenery and down to the trail.  To forget to look up is sinful.  To forget to look down can be painful.

The deep snow this year has created spring-like conditions in the Two Medicine valley right now.  Wildflowers are blooming in profusion and there is still snow clinging to the shadowed recesses in the rock walls.  It is a beautiful hike, well worth the time and effort.  If I can do it, you can, too!

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Reply Kris
9:17 PM on August 18, 2011 
I can relate...I'm always tripping in the woods because I can't take my eyes off the view. I love that you can spend so much time in Glacier!
Reply Steve Latus
3:56 PM on August 20, 2011 
As I discovered on this hike, you need to pay special attention to bear grass. Slippery stuff!
Reply Nina
8:49 PM on August 20, 2011 
Through your paintings and your writing I can get a definite sense of the place and time.