Thursday, October 05, 2017

Notes from the 2017 Glacier Road Trip, Day Seven

-With my wife and I both injured we decided to stick with what we knew so we drove up to Sun Point and caught the shuttle up to Siyeh Bend.

-Yes, we hiked Piegan Pass again but this time we wandered and looked into alpine meadows.  They are all over the upper sections of the forest along this trail and while we had to be more bear aware (bears like alpine meadows too) the flower displays and nooks and crannies of nature were worth it.

-We met and hiked with a nice couple from Georgia and chatted about our travels.  One thing we have noticed is that a lot of people are taking long trips this year.  Maybe there is a significant economic recovery.  Maybe we are harkening back to the popularity of parks from the Fifties and Sixties.

-Already the ice is more pronounced on Piegan Glacier from a few days ago.  The snow is melting quick.

-The Glacier Shuttle system works if you aren’t in a hurry.  If you are in a hurry, drive.

-Sun Point was empty at around 9 a.m.

-You can take the shuttle from Apgar to Logan Pass, and from Logan Pass to St. Mary’s.  If you want to go to Bowman Lake on the North Fork, too bad.  If you want to go to Many Glacier from St. Mary, pay a $10 fee fro the Xanterra shuttle.

-We shuttled down from Siyeh Bend to the St. Mary’s Falls trail and walked to the falls, then to Sun Point.

-I guess we are getting old because the families jumping off the bridge at St. Mary’s Falls were really annoying us.  We left quickly. 

-The walk along Upper St. Mary’s Lake to Sun Point was enjoyable but totally exposed.  It was pushing mid-eighties and the it looked like many of the tourists did not come prepared with water or a hat.

-Did about 9.5 miles today and my body hurts a bit. 

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