We are experimenting with a newer camera that has much better resolution and allows us to aim and zoom it remotely. If it proves successful, we plan to begin removing the older cameras and replacing them with these newer ones. That process will take several months to a year. To see the difference in the quality look at the Middle Fork of the Flathead River camera. One trade-off for a better image quality is that there is no weather module available for this new camera. The company that manufactured the older model has stopped making and selling their weather module as well, so as the ones we have fail, they can not be replaced. At night, you may notice a green light on some of the cameras. This is a power light on the camera itself that reflects on the housing.
Apgar Mt. - Northeast View
The summit of Apgar Mountain provides a spectacular view of Lake McDonald and the mountains in the distance. To the left of the lake are Stanton Mountain and Mt. Vaught (Stanton just in front of Vaught) and then just to the right the Garden Wall. The Continental Divide follows the crest of the Garden Wall. Continuing to the right are Mt. Cannon and Mt. Brown. The last mountain clearly visible to the right is Edwards Mountain. Apgar Lookout is at the summit and one of the more popular hikes on the west side.
The southwestern boundary of the park is the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. The valley offers a different, but still spectacular, contrast to the Going-to-the-Sun Road, inside the park.
This section of the park offers some of the most challenging and remote experiences Glacier has to offer. The highlight of this view is the dramatic glacier-carved horn of Mount Saint Nicholas (elev. 9376 ft.). Does it remind you of any other peak? How about the Matterhorn in the European Alps? Both formed in the same way. When glaciers carve on three or more sides of a peak at the same time they form these classic glacial horns. We have several other horns in the park but no better representation than Saint Nicholas.
Apgar is the main development on the west side of the park, and the campground, restaurant, gift shops, lodging facilities, and rentals of boats and recreational equipment are fully open in the summer time with limited services in the winter. Just off to the right of this view is the Apgar Nature Center, also open in the summer, stop by and check out the family-friendly hands-on exhibits.
This is the primary information stop for visitors entering the park at West Glacier. In the summer, rangers are seen during the day offering interpretive programs and greeting park visitors. The plaza is also one of the main staging grounds for the Going-to-the-Sun Road shuttle system. Starting July 1st at 7:00 am through mid-September the free shuttle system affords visitors access to locations between Apgar and St. Mary. Shuttles depart from the far side of the plaza. Expect to see long lines in the morning. The last shuttles of the day leave Logan Pass to return to Apgar at 7:00 pm.
The Waterton River joins Waterton Lake at the bottom of this view. Situated at the Goat Haunt Ranger Station this webcam provides a view north into Canada, and Waterton Lakes National Park. The International Boundary is about four miles up the lake. It is plainly visible from a boat or hiking the trail along the boundary, but only has significance to people. The animals in the park cross freely between the two countries and share the parks as one large habitat. Watch for the large cruise boat the "International" as it makes the trip up and back several times per day and occasionally wildlife on the sand bar at the mouth of the river.
To many visitors to the park, this view is their first introduction to the spectacular scenery of Glacier National Park. This iconic view from Apgar, at the foot of Lake McDonald, really shows what Glacier is all about...big glacially carved lakes, vast wild views of the high peaks along the Continental Divide, and the ever-changing forests that blanket much of the lower elevations. It's no wonder that for many people when they think of Glacier, they think of this view.
Looking east from Logan Pass the massive Going-to-the-Sun Mountain (9647 ft.) dominates the view. The heavily forested Reynolds Creek valley joins the St. Mary valley near the wall of mountains in the distance. If you look to the left you will see part of the Going-to-the-Sun Road just before it rounds the corner to Siyeh Bend. If you are familiar with the road, look about one third up from the bottom just to the right of the middle of the view. That's approximately where Jackson Glacier Overlook is.
Thanks to the Glacier National Park Conservancy for their assistance in providing this webcam.
Unless you look at this camera first thing in the morning expect to see a full parking lot of cars and buses. Logan Pass is one of the most popular destinations in the park and we are experiencing record crowds. If you visit, consider taking a park shuttle. You may not find a place to stop and park.
This camera is having white balance issues. We intend to replace it, hopefully this Fall. We will be installing a new camera, like the one we use for the Middle Fork River at Park Headquarters. It will have a different field of view and hopefully much better optics for an overall improved view of the meadows at Logan Pass. The weather function will be removed from this camera and placed on the other Logan Pass webcam. Stay tuned for further developments.
There isn't a view much better than this. Swiftcurrent Lake provides the perfect setting to the mountains that loom in the distance. Dominating the view is Grinnell Point with Mount Gould to the left and Swiftcurrent Mountain to the right. In between Grinnell Point and Mt. Gould is the cirque where Grinnell Glacier lies. One of the most popular hikes in the park is the trek to Grinnell Glacier. That trail typically opens in mid-July. Opening sooner are the hikes to Red Rock Falls, Iceberg Lake, Apikuni Falls, and Cracker Lake. Many Glacier is a hiker's paradise.
The Middle Fork of the Flathead River forms the southwest border of Glacier National Park. This view, from near Park Headquarters, shows the river as it flows under the West Glacier bridge. At night some of the lights of West Glacier may be visible. During the summer watch for rafters. Several commercial rafting businesses use this section of river. In the winter the only activity along the river might be the occasional coyote or deer or a really cold kayaker.
This was the first webcam view that Glacier National Park offered. Originally it was only going to be a test until a better location was found, but it turns out that this view has a large following. Watch for the occasional lunchtime crowd at the picnic table or our resident deer wandering about. Some years in the early summer beargrass blooms dot the forest.
This view from the St. Mary Visitor Center looks west to the mountains surrounding St. Mary Lake. Red Eagle Mountain looms directly in the center. In the winter and spring elk are often spotted in the meadow at first light. In summer wildflowers carpet the view. Fall sees the green turn to a golden hue which contrasts with the bright blue of the sky.
This view from near the Scenic Point Trailhead points west to the Continental Divide. Sinopah Mountain dominates the left side of the view and a shoulder of Rising Wolf is on the right. In the distance you can see Helen Mountain. To the right of Helen Mountain is the ridge-line that goes to Dawson Pass. To the left of Helen Mountain is Lone Walker Mountain. In the far background you can see the tops of the North Cloudcroft Peaks.
The West Entrance to the park is a good indicator of how busy things may be at locations inside the park. During July and August expect to see a long string of cars as they line up to purchase their entrance passes. We sell several different passes including a 7-day pass for $35.00, an annual pass for $70.00, and the America the Beautiful Pass for $80.00. The America the Beautiful Pass will allow entrance into any national park in the country and is good for some services on National Forests and at other Federal agencies.
Is There a Problem?
Sometimes our cameras stick on a date and time, due to some network issue or possibly a loss of power in that area. Generally we know about it and either need to wait for the power or network to come back, or we can possibly go to the camera to fix it. If you experience an issue with the cameras that you would like to report to us, please email us and let us know. Thanks for your help keeping the cameras going.