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Glacier Gorge Trail to Mills Lake

I agree with Fodor's Travel Guide that Mills Lake is one of the park’s prettiest lakes. I am even glad that I walked to it under the rain for two hours (note that pictures of the trail were taken on the way back): no one else followed me past Alberta Falls, and I had the lake all to myself. The trail winds along Glacier Creek, and I could see elks, a golden-mantled ground squirrel, and could pick porcini mushrooms – enough for dinner.

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The trail not far beyond the trailhead
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Rocks near Alberta Falls
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Rocks near Alberta Falls
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Rocks near Alberta Falls
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Rocks near Alberta Falls
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Alberta Falls
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View of Bear Lake Road
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View of Bear Lake Road
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The next section of the trail is relatively open,
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Golden-mantled ground squirrel
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Bridge over Glacier Creek
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Bridge over Glacier Creek
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15 minutes past the bridge you are in an open space again.
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Another bridge across the creek
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Another bridge across the creek
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View of Glacier Creek from the bridge
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10 min past the bridge the gorge opens up, and you can see gorgeous mountains around.
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10 min past the bridge the gorge ope…
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Glacier Creek becomes wider.
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Glacier Creek becomes wider.
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Cloud on top of Longs Peak
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Cloud on top of Longs Peak
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Glacier Creek
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Glacier Creek
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Glacier Creek 5 min before you reach Mills Lake
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Glacier Creek 5 min before you reach…
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Trail next to Mills Lake
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Trail next to Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Trail not far from the lake
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Trail not far from the lake
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Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Elks on a meadow separating Mills Lake from the nearby Jewel Lake
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Female elks
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Jewel Lake
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Jewel Lake
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Jewel Lake
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Trail past Jewel lake
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Glacier Creek
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Glacier Creek
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I turned back here.
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I turned back here.
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Porcino mushroom (белый гриб)
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Porcino mushroom (белый гриб)
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Porcini mushrooms
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Porcini mushrooms
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