[cdt-l] Glacier NP

Ginny & Jim Owen spiritbear2k at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 20 20:18:56 CST 2007


If the trail through Glacier is still closed, it will affect all SB hikers, 
since it is south of the point where the various starting options merge.  
They merge at Swiftcurrent.  All three Glacier options are good ones.  The 
Tunnel is not likely to be open in June, but it is a nice hike in the fall.  
One consideration is cost as it costs quite a bit more to start at Waterton 
than Chief Mountain.  Also time - taking the shuttle to Chief Mountain, we 
didn't hit the trail until 1:00.  At Waterton you don't start until after 
2:30.

Last autumn there was a huge fire that started at the camgpround at Red 
Eagle Lake and spread over the next few weeks.  Both campgrounds at the lake 
will be closed, even if the trail is open.  That means you will have to go 
from Reynolds Creek to Atlantic Creek in one day. That's if the trail is 
open at all.  They probably won't have had a chance to work on it before the 
southbound hikers start the trail in June.

The trail was closed from just south of Reynolds Creek to just south of 
Triple Divide Pass - about 23 miles.  Most hikers walked the road to St. 
Marys (either 8 or 14 miles, depending on whether or not you took the Sun 
Point Trail), then down the highway 14 miles to Cut Bank, then up a graded 
road 5 miles to the Campground just outside the park.  You can camp at the 
campground there or go into the park to Atlantic Creek CG.  The Cut Bank CG 
doesn't require a backcountry permit.  From there it was a day's hike to Two 
Medicine CG, which also didn't require a permit.  And from there it was a 
short day to East Glacier.  Alternately, you could walk the highway about 40 
miles from St. Mary's to East Glacier - which is shorter, but deadly since 
there is no shoulder on most of the highway.

Ginny

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>From: Anitra Kass <at_anitra at yahoo.com>
>Reply-To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
>To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
>Subject: [cdt-l] Calling all SoBo's (and flippers to Glacier)
>Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 14:24:23 -0800 (PST)
>
>Calling all SoBo's (and those flipping to Glacier)...
>   Hey guys, an ideas on your tentative start date (or starting window as 
>I've been referring to it as) and the route you are going to take through 
>Glacier?  Anyone know which routes through Glacier will be closed this 
>spring due to the fires in the 2006 hiking season?  Anyone planning on 
>starting later and going on the highline route?  Just thinking I should do 
>some planning....thanks,
>   NITRO
>
>
>
>     And the 2007 list....  So far, 35 by my count.   Only 9 southbound.  
>That could change with a heavy snow year in southern Colorado and a bunch 
>of flipfloppers...
>
>   German Tourist (s)
>   NITRO (s)
>   Osprey*
>     Flat Feet*
>   Aussie Crawl*
>   Bonespur
>   Little Bump (s)
>   Stick Girl (s)
>   Nocona
>   Bald Eagle
>   Andy
>   ToeK
>   Xkanuck (f)
>   Treehugger
>   Terry (f)
>   Steady *
>   Sly (s)
>   Haiku
>   Shaggy
>   Star
>   Dirt
>   Buzz (s)
>   Izzy (s)
>   Trout*
>   Bama*
>   Beam*
>   Nemo*
>   Lint*
>   Lizard*
>   Apteryx
>   Crazy Horse
>   Highlander (s)
>   Just Joe
>   Lucky
>   Trey
>   Wildcat (s)
>
>   All northbound unless noted (* = direction unknown, s= southbound, f= 
>flip).
>
>   Any others?
>
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