Hike to Glen Lake (with extension to No Name Lake)

Through a forest of gray spires, the hike to Glen Lake offered us the immense vistas of the Bitterroot Mountains. I have also enjoyed the Glen Lake hike as it is relatively easy and a cruise. The biggest plus is the short additional hike to No Name Lake, a small, shallow pond that sits in a high cirque. On this day, my two stars were Vida RZ and Silent Jeff (I even talked Jeff into carrying the DJI Phantom 4 in the woods).

Total distance: 6.48 mi
Max elevation: 7907 ft
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Jeff and Vida setting out...I'm lagging behind being a photo-geek

Jeff and Vida setting out…I’m lagging behind being a photo-geek

Ridge before descending into Glen Lake...this is also the Wilderness area boundary

Ridge before descending into Glen Lake…this is also the Wilderness area boundary

Finally, arriving at Glen Lake

Finally, arriving at Glen Lake

Who doesn't love high lakes in the mountains

Who doesn’t love high lakes in the mountains

Vida loves it!

Vida loves it!

The Gash Point Fire scorched the landscape

Finally, arriving at Glen Lake

Flora of Glen Lake Trail

Western Groundsel – Senecio integerrimus

Rocky Mountain groundsel – Senecio streptanthifolia

Pink Mountain-heath – Phyllodoce empetriformis

Rocky Mountain groundsel – Senecio streptanthifolia

Mountain Arnica – Arnica latifolia

American Vetch ~ Vicia americana

Yellow Beardtongue – Penstemon confertus

Small-flower Beardtongue – Penstemon procerus

Sticky Cinquefoil – Potentilla glandulosa

Beargrass – Xerophyllum tenax

Beargrass – Xerophyllum tenax

Bracted Lousewort – Pedicularis bracteosa

Curve-beak Lousewort – Pedicularis contorta

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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