By Robert Lucke
This time of year at Many Glacier in Glacier Park, ranger naturalists conduct wild flower walks each day at 12:30 p.m. The walks, which are free, start in front of the Swift Current Camp Store.
Rangers take tourists up the Swift Current Valley on a circular tour which includes seeing a large triple waterfall on Wilbur Creek.
Even though the flower season is winding down in Glacier, still there is an abundance of blooms to see due to the fact that Glacier Park is the apex of five flower environments, a northern Canada environment, a Pacific Coast, Southern and Eastern Plains environments as well as an Arctic environment. All meet in Glacier, prompting large varieties of flowers to be identified all through the flower season.
Recommended to bring along are comfortable shoes, rain gear and a flower book.
From Havre, Many Glacier is around a three-and-a-half-hour drive. Take U.S. 2 to Browning and from Browning head north on the Duck Lake Road. From Duck Lake head to Babb and the Many Glacier turn.
Glacier Park entrance fees are charged but there is no fee charged for the walk.