Sunday, September 10, 2017

Notes from the 2017 Glacier Road Trip, Day Five

-Made it to Siyeh Bend for our hike to Piegan Pass pass around 8:30 in the morning.  By 9 there was limited parking.

-Dory was our ranger for the hike and she noted that grizzlies were hanging out in Siyeh Pass, about a mile and half from where we were hiking, and that it was always smart to be safe.

-The Piegan Pass trail was active but not busy.  The bear grass was on the entire trail to the treeline and Preston Park (near the treeline) was filled with wildflowers.  It’s an underappreciated location in Glacier.

-We saw Blackfoot, Jackson, and Piegan glaciers on the hike.  There are 26 glaciers in Glacier National Park.  There were 150 in the late 1800s.

-Between 2005 and 2015, the glaciers in the park lost over 10% of their ice mass.

-Qualifications to be a glacier?  Be at least 25 acres, be at least 100 feet thick, and be moving.

-We ended up turning around early due to an small injury to our party and only did a bit over six miles again today. 

-Too many people were in the park today. 

-We ended up hiking about six and a half miles today.