Bear Grass | Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is home to a vary unusual type of wildflower, bear grass. It grows in very particular climates for only a short period of time. The blooms are long and skinny with a cone like top and are made up of many tiny white flowers that give off a mild, enjoyable scent.

The image below is looking down the valley of McDonald Creek as it winds its way to Lake McDonald, as several mountains tower over 5,000 feet above the flowing water (Heavens Peak and Mount Vaught on camera right, with Mount Cannon, Clements Mountain and Mount Oberlin on camera left).


Bear Grass | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography Insight: The landscape within GNP is very large so it’s important to try and anchor the foreground with something of interest, in this case bear grass, or include a person or something within the scene to help give perspective to the entire image.

Photography / Hiking Insight: We started on Highline Trail at 9 am, but I would suggest to try and leave slightly before (8 am in August) and plan on doing the out and back hike from Logan Pass. It’s a little longer than option two (a one-way trip to ‘The Loop’, however, this option concludes with four miles straight down a mountain with very limited views). Although heading back to Logan Pass adds some miles, it’s a gradual slope and easier on your body with better views for your eyes and camera.

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