Jul 28: Hike - Perley Rock (Glacier NP)

One of the tougher hikes in the Park: about 3,800 ft, mostly steep, and six hours round trip.  Half of our group did this hike while others chose to hike the Asulkan Valley.  We warmed up with a gentle hike through cool cedars near the bottom of the Illecillewaet Valley.  Then followed a steep climb through subalpine forest and then several long, but less steep, switchbacks across alpine meadow slopes.  Finallly the summit of the rock itself (really a huge rocky knoll) was reached from behind via a steep snow-field.  We lunched at the summit overlooking the Illecillewaet Icefield and overlooked by the towering Mt. Sir Donald and lots of clear blue sky.

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