[Cdt-l] CDT in GNP MT
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PeekTrekker4 at aol.com
Sat Aug 25 12:12:04 CDT 2012
Waterton Town Site AB:
Hostel is closed; hotel has new owner & closed the hostel part;
camping was $23 in the big campground.
E Glacier Park MT:
Backpacker's Inn (behind Serrano's Mexican Restaurant is now $15/nite.
I left my car parked on the street by the Backpacker's Inn gate, for
10 days with no problems.
Lowest priced food is Two Medicine Grill, just around corner from
Glacier NP MT:
Reserved my GNP Campsites about 2 weeks ahead for $30, and got what I
wanted, with one exception; in
that case I just hitched E to the St Mary Hiker/Biker site in the
CG (or could have waited for the free
shuttle) and hiked back to CDT on Red Eagle Trail.
Be aware that Fifty Mountain and both Morning Star Lk CGs have burned
trees around almost all tent
sites; I won't sleep within reach of dead trees, and GNP has had
years to cut the dead trees around
these pads; they emphasize safety, but expect hikers to sleep on
dangerous tent pads. I slept in a
meadow nearby at Fifty Mtn, and on the lake shore at Morning Star
foot. A cold front with 50 mph
winds came through Fifty Mtn that evening; we heard over 10 trees
go crashing down, and saw some of
Didn't see even 1 bear in GNP; very disappointed; wanted to see
Grizzly in wild. Bull moose was hanging
around one campsite when went to get food off hanging bar.
Yellowstone NP next year will probably be
last chance, unless I see one S of Stemple Pass. Never saw any
bears from E Glacier Park to
Stemple Pass 2 years ago either.
On drive to visit relatives in CA, spent night in Darby. Little Blue
Joint (406-821-0023), right downtown, is
back, after a 1-yr+ hiatus from across street; very large, very
good burrito; also burgers & pizza.
Budget Motel Darby (406-821-2096), right downtown, gave me a $45
Deb's Restaurant, right downtown, had good breakfast.
PO is right downtown I noticed.
Chief Joseph & Lost Trail Passes MT:
E of US-93 & N of MT-23? is a maze of cross country ski trails, and
may be confusing hiking into or out of
area; CDT was fairly clearly marked across MT-43, but didn't see
supposed side trail to US-93 to
avoid walking/hitching W on MT-43 to US-93; Gibbons Pass Rd may be
it, but it's definitely not clear.
Traffic on US-93 okay, but very light on MT-43.
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