When hiking the Grinnell
Glacier Trail in Glacier National Park, you
really do get some incredible views. This particular photo was taken
from along the trail and looks down on Grinnell Lake. The "milky" color
of the lake is due to the melting of the Grinnell Glacier. Although the
Grinnell Glacier is far above Grinnell Lake in terms of elevation, the
melting water spills down in Grinnell Lake (you can even faintly see
the "white inflow" on the bottom right of the photo). As the water from
the melting glacier has no nutrients and is very cold,
and has this peculiar color (due to mineralization, I'm told). Once the
Grinnell Glacier has completely melted away - or at least most of it
- it is likely that Grinnell Lake will begin to be able to support fish
in time - like most of the other lakes do in Glacier National Park. Allen
Mountain is the tall mountain in the distance.
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