Things are going to be outstanding this year! This year we have had so much rain that it's going to be possible to get some stunning colors after a fresh rain! Grab the cameras and the lenses from 12mm to 300 and get out the door! The best places for fall colors and great vistas is of course the west side of Logan Pass, the Going to the Sun Road, the Two Medicine Valley, the Chief Mountain Road, Cut Bank Creek, and the south route around the park, Highway Two.
On my recent trip around the Park, and up to Waterton International Peace Park, I found that colors ranged from completely orange and peaking up around Sofa Mountain in Waterton and over the Chief Mountain road, to green with some light green to yellow around East Glacier Park.
Full colors are stunning between West Glacier and East Glacier along Highway 2. The one thing I have noticed this year is that it's very spotty. In one place the trees are green and 100 feet over there's an orange tree. Go figure. What does this mean. I'm not sure other than it means you better plan your trip and leave in the next few days . . .
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Hurry up and get out here for what I think might be the best color in a decade. And for those that now Glacier Park, it's always a gamble to find good color on the east side. From one year to the next its always different but it's always a crap shoot! This year, I'd say is the year to be here! Time will tell, and if we avoid any big cold snaps and continue with cold nights and relatively warm days, look out!
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Going to the Sun Road & Logan Pass
Thanks to those that participated in my poll, it's helpful and I'll follow up accordingly.
One last thing - wildlife. Where are they. . . Hm. . . good question. You can see elk on Two Dog Flats, and up the road to Many Glacier, and some goats and sheep are still being spotted around Logan pass but that will end with snow fall. Moose, you're guess is as good as mine. Many Glacier Valley has moose but getting good quality shots of them is a chore at best! Good luck and happy shooting!