Our first backpack trip in Glacier National Park was a one-nighter to Cracker Lake, in the Many Glacier area. This is easily one of the most spectacular mountain cirques I’ve ever had the pleasure of camping in, with a 3-4,000 foot sheer vertical wall encircling the milky turquoise glacial lake and green grass meadow slopes. And the mountains here have such an intriguing character, which their complex patterns in the eroded sedimentary rock.
There was a resident mountain goat at Cracker Lake. Oftentimes mountain goats are uninhibited to the point of annoyance, but this guy was really friendly and mellow. He’d stand on the rock and gaze out over the scene for long periods of time, seemingly just appreciating the landscape as much as us. He’d follow us around, and lay down near us. He even slept right next to our tent for most of the night, like a loyal guard dog. In the morning he followed me up to this overlook and posed for the photo.
I could have spend days here, but alas we had to leave after one night, for more adventures in these mountains!