Bighorn Sheep | Glacier National Park

Bighorn sheep frequent Glacier National Park, but you have to keep your eyes open as they blend into their environment very well. During our hike up to Hidden Lake there was a small group of male bighorn sheep that were in the area. And lucky for us, another group of hikers were watching them when we came across that area, giving us the ability to see them.

Since they were up the slope several hundred yards, my good friend and I scrambled up around the side of them to get a better vantage point. I put on my 2x extender with my 70-200mm lens to zoom into the scene. And when the two of the males looked directly at me, I snapped off several frames, capturing the scene that you see below.

Hiking Insight: This is a very popular trail and is considered a somewhat easier hike within GNP, as it’s roughly 3 miles round trip to the overlook with an elevation gain of about 480 feet. This is also a great hike to combine with another smaller hike that can be taken in the afternoon, such as Avalanche Lake near Lake McDonald (see previous post).

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park: A Complete Recreation Guide) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park) and I highly suggest purchasing them both before your visit.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.

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