[cdt-l] Glacier Detours

slyatpct at aol.com slyatpct at aol.com
Wed Feb 28 04:41:06 CST 2007

 Thanks Sam, 
 It seems to make this alternate much more doable along with hiking a new section of the park. I really wasn't looking forward to a long road walk around Glacier. I hate paved road walks! ; )
 -----Original Message-----
 From: samh at samh.net
 To: cdt-l at backcountry.net; Slyatpct at aol.com
 Sent: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 9:28 PM
 Subject: Glacier Detours
  > Is there any unassigned back country camping in this area? 
 > How's the hitching from the patrol cabin area near the 
 > Middlefork on Rt 2 to West Glacier? Is the ford (18 in blue 
 > on the map) even doable this time of year? How deep is it? 
 Sly - 
 The entire "Middle Fork" district of Glacier is open to backcountry 
 camping. You have to get permission from a ranger station and have 
 that on your permit but if your miles call for you to have to do too 
 much to make the next site they'll give you one. 
 I've forded the Middle Fork of the Flathead at both the Coal and Nyack 
 crossings a half a dozen times each. Early season, snow dependant 
 they can be a bit of a bear to cross but with careful site selection 
 and technique I've never had to turn back. 
 Hitching along highway 2 through "The Canyon" as its referred to as is 
 a breeze. People in this section of Montana give and receive rides 
 quite frequently. In my few years living in Glacier I did countless 
 hikes that didn't loop, relying on the kindness of others to give me a 
 - sam_h 
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