Posts Tagged ‘hidden’

Hike to Hidden Lake – A Pictorial

September 4th, 2013 by kimtaylor

This blog post consists of more pictures than words, and once you see those pictures you’ll understand why.

On Labor Day weekend a few of us took a popular hike in Glacier Park to Hidden Lake.  While the crowds were plenty, they thinned out after the halfway point when most visitors take a few pictures at the Hidden Lake overlook and turn back to their cars.

To get to the trail head, drive up to Logan Pass Visitor’s Center. You may have a challenge finding a parking space during peak times as lot fills up quickly.  [Local’s tip: if you can’t find a parking space, drive out of the parking lot and turn right, less than a 1/4 mile below are some additional parking spaces, parallel to the road.) The trailhead starts behind the Visitor’s Center and the first 1.5 miles to the overlook can be crowded.  But resist the urge to cross this off your hiking list because of this, the views of Hidden Lake from the overlook and up-close are spectacular and the dipping your toes in the crystal clear water will make you forget about crowds.

Hidden Lake Trailhead

Hidden Lake Trailhead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Views on the Way to Hidden Lake

Views on the Way to Hidden Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boardwalk Trail to HIdden Lake Overlook

Boardwalk Trail to HIdden Lake Overlook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Lake View from Above.

Hidden Lake View from Above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Clear Water Greets Intrepid Hikers.

Crystal Clear Water Greets Intrepid Hikers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Goats are commonly seen along the Hidden Lake Trail

Mountain Goats are commonly seen along the Hidden Lake Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Sarah Stewart

Whitefish Farmers Market adds local flavor to Summer

May 20th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Whitefish Farmers Market is held each Tuesday evening during the Summer from 5-7:30 pm.

Whitefish Farmers Market is held each Tuesday evening during the Summer from 5-7:30 pm.

“You Can Eat the Scenery” is the motto of the Whitefish Farmer’s Market held each Tuesday evening from May to September in downtown Whitefish.

Since 2005, local farmers, artists, food vendors and musicians make this a fun, family activity enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.  Pick up organic produce from local farmers who can tell you about their farm-straight-to-you fresh fruits & vegetables.  Pick up locally crafted jewelry, jams & jellies, artwork & crafts.  Whitefish Farmer’s Market vendors are vetted that their offerings are locally made making it a unique place to pick up one-of-a-kind souvenirs of your trip to Montana for your friends and family members back home.  No run of the mill “I ❤ Montana” made- in-China coffee mugs here.  Instead you’ll find locally crafted pottery, hand thrown by a local potter who lives and works in Whitefish.

In addition to great local produce, plant starts, baked goods & art, you can pick up dinner too.  Local food trucks sell crepes, pad tai, corn on the cob, kettle corn and handcrafted ice cream (Madagascar Vanilla or Whiskey Pecan anyone?), just to name a few of the offerings.  If you want to bring home dessert, the weekly pie auction allows you to buy a pie with proceeds going to a good cause.  Adding to the laid back atmosphere of the market, are local musicians who entertain the crowd – a different group, duo or single act each week.  From jazz & folk to reggae & rock the variety of musicians who play at the Whitefish Farmer’s Market is as varied as the produce offerings:

Music Schedule for 2013
May 28 – Kelly West (Reggae/Blues)
June 4 – Seventh Worthy (Funko-Politico)
June 11 – Porter Creek (Acoustic trio)
June 18 – Lee Zimmerman (Cello innovator)
June 25 – Dan Dubuque (One man freestyle soul)
July 2 – Sun Raven Band – (Acoustic folk)
July 9 – John Floridis (Missoula based guitarist)
July 16 – Rebop (Jazz trio)
July 23 – Greg Grant (Saxophonist)
July 30 – Jade Merchants (Folk/Country duo)
Aug 6 – Barrel Stove Combo (4 piece Jazz band)
Aug 13 – Fresh Off the Vine (Acoustic trio)
Aug 20 – Tra la Gael (Celtic)
Aug 27 – Brent Jamison (Bluesy/Reggae)
Sept 3 – Donnie & Kleist (Jazz duo)
Sept 10 – Tim Torgerson (Acoustic Indie)
Sept 17 – Moonshine Mountain (Acoustic country rock/bluegrass)
Sept 24 – Nick Spear (Songs in a variety of genres)

Going into its 8th year the Whitefish Farmer’s Market has become a Summer must-do for locals and tourists alike.

2013 Whitefish Farmers Market:

– Dates: each Tuesday from May 28 – Sept 24, 2013
– Times: 5 pm to 7:30 pm
– Location: Central Ave. Downtown, Whitefish between Railroad and Depot Streets
– Cost: FREE!
– Website: www.whitefishfarmersmarket.org

Author: Sarah Stewart

See Kim Run… Run Kim Run!

May 14th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Kim at the start of the 2012 Turkey Trot.  Look for Kim burning up the competition at this year's Whitefish Lake Run.  Watch out Velma!

Kim at the start of the 2012 Turkey Trot. Look for Kim burning up the competition at this year’s Whitefish Lake Run. Watch out Velma!

Whitefish is host to many 5k, 10k and even marathon running races throughout the summer and fall.  These races find participants passing through scenic vistas and quaint small towns on their way to the finish line.  It’s a great way to work off your huckleberry buttermilk pancakes or Grand Marnier French toast while staying at the Hidden Moose!    Plan your vacation around them, so you can stay fit while enjoying the scenic beauty of Montana first hand.  Below is a list of some of the more popular races in the valley: (click on the race name to be taken to the race website)

4th Annual Whitefish WAG Race [May 19, 2013]: This race benefits our local dog park, the Hugh Rogers WAG park, and consists of 1.5 miles, 4 miles and a 15k USATF Certified Race. Each participants receives, short sleeved cotton t-shirt, Pint Glass w/ Run Whitefish & Great Northern Brewery Logo, food & beverages including beer from Great Northern (over 21 only), live music and a chance to win many great raffle prizes from local merchants.  This is a cup-free race to reduce waste.  15k participants get a complementary hydro-pouch.

36th Annual Whitefish Lake Run [June 29, 2013]: This local favorite consists of 5k and 10k races and starts and finishes at scenic City Beach. (10k participants are bused to the start line, but finish at City Beach).  Kids under 12 get $5 off their race registration and dogs are encouraged to participate in the 5k race, (this is Montana after all and we LOVE our K-9 friends.) Register by June 10 to receive a t-shirt.

Glacier Challenge [July 6, 2013]: This is a challenge!  Covering 50 miles of Montana terrain, racers run, pedal and paddle their way on paths, up/down streams, on the lake and along bike paths and some gnarly single track.  You can enter as an individual, with a partner or as a team.   This year’s theme is: “The Wild West is about to get a WHOLE LOT Wilder,”  all proceeds benefit the Flathead Youth Home.

11th Annual Whitefish Friends and Family Fun Run/Walk [August 24, 2013]: Benefitting the Child Development Center and the Shepard’s Hand Clinic this race consists of a 1 mile Family Walk/Run, 5k Run/Walk and a 10k Run.  Discounted family rates and senior rates.  Register by August 6th to receive t-shirt.

Two Bear Half Marathon & Marathon [September 15, 2013]:  “No Wimps” is the motto of this race!  A Challenging course that takes you on single track, a jeep road, elevation gains and losses, and pavement and gives you beautiful views of Whitefish Lake.  It’s a “Bear” of a course, but gaining popularity among marathon racers.  Water stations approx. every 2 miles and Hammer Gel and orange slices available at selected aid stations. Entry fee includes long sleeve shirt, medallion for all official finishers, post-race celebration with food and beverages and an all-day pass for The Wave fitness center.

4th Annual Whitefish Legacy Race [Oct 13, 2013]: This popular favorite consist of 4 different lengths all on a single track, 1.5 mile, 4.5 mile, 10k and 20k races and is a fundraiser for the Whitefish Legacy Partners, a non-profit that has helped to establish & expand the Whitefish Trail.  Participants receive a t-shirt, pint glass for your post-race beers, lunch and snacks and a hydra-pouch for 20k & 10k participants & live music. Another cup-free race.

Whitefish Turkey Trot [November 28, 2013]  A 5k fundraiser benefiting the North Valley Food Bank, this is a no-frills, feel good, burn-some-calories-before-your-Thanksgiving-feast race.  No shirts, no swag but it’ll make you feel less guilty as you scarf a second helping of pumpkin pie.  You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to make your halo glow brighter.  Another cup-free race to reduce litter.

You can check out other Montana races at www.runmt.com  Now get out there and run!

Author: Sarah Stewart