"I am the truth"..... words that formed up in my mind on this morning as I neared the slopes of Chief Mountain, the slopes ablaze in the early morning sun.
This mountain is located just over the border in Montana, and on the eastern border of Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The mountain is one of the most prominent peaks and rock formations along the Rocky Mountain Front ranges.
The peak is easily seen from Montana and Alberta due to the rapid 5,000 foot altitude gain over the Great Plains which are immediately east of the mountain. Despite the mountain's being mostly in Montana, the distinctive eastern face quickly becomes hidden as one travels south into Montana, but remains very easy to see on clear days over much of southern Alberta. Chief Mountain is one of the most photographed mountains in the region due to its unique nature.
This photo finds me south of Glenwood Alberta, and just a few kilometers north of the US border, where I was headed towards Waterton National park located in the southwest corner of southern Alberta.
If you are ever travelling from Calgary to Waterton park, instead of taking the normal route south to Cardston via Fort MacLeod, or via Pincher Creek, then south to Waterton, I suggest once you arrive at highway 3 from the north, you turn west on highway 3, and proceed several kilometers west to secondary highway 810, then drive south via Glenwood, followed by Hill Springs before arriving at highway 5 where you can turn west to Waterton.
This drive is very scenic and cuts through the McBride Wind Farm as well, which is very interesting in itself.
So don't miss out on this hidden gem of a drive while exploring the back roads of southern Alberta.
Click on the photo for a closer look.....