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We saw a moose on our Road Scholar hike in Glacier National Park

2012/09/13by Donna Hull


We met a mother moose on the way to Bullhead Lake

On the fifth day of our Road Scholar Glacier National Park hiking program, Alan and I hiked to Bullhead Lake with the fast hiking group. The trail leading from Swiftcurrent Motor Lodge had so many high points that it’s hard to pick a photo of the day. Glacial colored lakes, towering mountains and alpine meadows filled almost every inch of this 8-mile-round-trip hike. It was hard to choose between hiking and photographing the outstanding scenery that surrounded us. But, discovering a mother moose and her offspring delighted the wildlife watchers in our Road Scholar group, including us.

Counting today, we’re up to 27 miles of hiking in 4 days. Tomorrow’s trail is our last so check back to see what we discover. If you’d like to see more photos from today’s hike to Bullhead Lake, check out our album at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook.

Do you have a favorite animal sighting while hiking or have you traveled along the trail to Bullhead Lake? Share your experiences with us. Alan and I can’t wait to repeat this hike. It’s on our all-time favorite boomer travel experience list.

Disclosure: Road Scholar has provided this travel experience, but the opinions are our own.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Barbara Weibel September 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

Lucky you! I spent about three weeks in the Adirondacks in NY last summer and they told me moose had been spotted recently. I saw bears, but no moose.
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Donna Hull
September 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

Barbara, this moose was huge! And, we almost missed seeing her. The ladies in our hiking group had requested a bush break so the leader went up a hill to scout out a site. That’s when she saw the moose and her baby.


Mark H September 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I saw a moose in the distance in Canada but would so love to see one closeup. They are the most impractical looking animals
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Donna Hull
September 16, 2012 at 11:17 am

Mark, they are really big closeup. Our hiking leader shared a story about discovering a moose blocking a trail. The hiking leader kneeled down to show submission, then the moose acknowledged her by kneeling down and lowering his/her head up and down which meant, “yes, you can pass.” Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try it as our moose walked down the hill, followed by junior, and disappeared into the wilderness.


Sheryl September 16, 2012 at 6:00 am

How exciting! I would have loved to see a moose along the way. It must have been HUGE.


Donna Hull
September 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

Sheryl, she was huge. We passed another one in the woods but couldn’t see him/her. All we could hear was the cracking of small trees as the moose chowed down.


Ana September 23, 2012 at 5:19 am

Isn’t it dangerous to get close to a mother moose? I knew they can be very protective of their young.
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Robert Fowler from Boomer Places
December 9, 2013 at 8:50 am

Glacier National Park is such a wonderful place to visit. I bet you really do see lots of wildlife hiking 27 miles in the park. You always have to be prepared as the wildlife always shows up when least expected. Good moose shot!
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