[Cdt-l] Help Picking a trail

cicelyb250 at aol.com cicelyb250 at aol.com
Mon Jan 11 10:14:27 CST 2010

Usually you are right, but it was a grizzly..  "She" had been a  problem 
bear for years.  She approached hikers and entered camp  sites.  Noise, 
relocation, dogs all had been tried for over 4 years.   No zoo would take an adult 
bear so the plan was to kill the mom and relocate her  two cubs.   Everyone 
was very reluctant to do away with a breeding  bear, but I read the story 
(local Montana newspaper) on the train on the way  home.  Didn't get much 
national news but mom was killed in August.   Her two cubs were darted and one 
died, but I think the other survived to be sent  to a zoo.  When we hiked 
past the closed campsite, there was police tape  and warning signs all other - 
we didn't linger.
The one grizzly I saw stood up and woofed at me, but ambled on.  Why  eat 
hikers when there are all those great huckleberries.
In a message dated 1/11/2010 11:05:32 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com writes:

Must  have been a black bear - they don't kill grizzlies.  :)


To: spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com; faller304 at gmail.com;  cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Help Picking a trail
Date:  Mon, 11 Jan 2010 10:26:10 -0500
From: cicelyb250 at aol.com

I second this.  Once you hike to Waterton, you can shuttle back  to E. 
Glacier.  Last summer the park service was not taking hikers across  the border 
(national security??), but an outfitter in Waterton takes hikers to  the 
border.  You walk across and the park service shuttle is there ready  for you!! 
 They do collect $ just for going into the park as well as the  shuttle 
fee.  East Glacier has a very cheap hostel, inexpensive motels, a  laundromat 
and great Mexican restaurant.  A great place to start and end  your 
adventure.   Also by taking the train out, you can take along  your pepper spray 
(unlike flying).  Take it.   Remember to take  your passport!!   An alternative 
if you have no passport is to  hike another trail that comes out right at 
the border - and the park service  shuttle.
Yes you can get your Glacier permit early, but half are reserved of "walk  
ins".  We had to lay up at one spot, but the rangers worked with us and  it 
was easy to plan out our trip once we were there.  Others who had  gotten 
their permits months ahead still had problems since campsites may be  closed 
at a moment's notice due to bear activity (which was the case in 2009-  they 
ended up killing the bear)

-----Original  Message-----
From: Jim and_or Ginny Owen  <spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com>
To: faller304 at gmail.com; cdt-l  <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Sun, Jan 10, 2010 11:13 pm
Subject:  Re: [Cdt-l] Help Picking a trail

 Amtrak stops at East Glacier.  You can either hike one of the CDT  routes 
through Glacier NP 
or head south through the Bob Marshall  Wilderness.  Glacier is probably a 
better bet for hikers with limited  experience, but you have to get a permit 
so it is a good idea to reserve  early.  
The country is gorgeous.  All of the routes in  Glacier are beautiful.  The 
trails through the Park 
are maintained  (mostly) and easy to follow.  


_http://www.spiriteaglehome.com/_ (http://www.spiriteaglehome.com/) 

>  From: _faller304 at gmail.com_ (mailto:faller304 at gmail.com) 
> To: _cdt-l at backcountry.net_ (mailto:cdt-l at backcountry.net) 
> Date:  Sun, 10 Jan 2010 21:44:33 -0500
> Subject: [Cdt-l] Help Picking a  trail
> Hey everyone, this is a fairly odd request but any help  would be 
> greatly appreciated. Two of my friends and I have been on a  fair 
> amount backpacking trips before, but have never really gone on  our own 
> without the help of someone more experienced. However, we're  looking 
> to do a trip this summer by ourselves, and were wondering if  anyone 
> could tell us if we could find a good section of trail maybe  100-150 
> miles long that has an access point somewhere near any stop  on the 
> Amtrak Empire Builder route. Once again, any help at all would  be 
> appreciated, thank you.
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