Postholer.Com Login   Journals   Maps   Data Books   Planner   Snow   Google Maps

PeterS - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2013

Entry 51 of 54
First  :: Previous  :: Next  :: Last

View/Sign my Guestbook

Peter Shaw
City: Rancho Palos Verdes
State: Ca
Country: US
Begins: Jul 6, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Aug 24th, 2013

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 332
Journal Visits: 19,671
Guestbook Views: 2,116
Guestbook Entrys: 47

Last PLB Location

Continental Divide Trail Map

View: 1  2  3  4  5 
(Click image for full size)

Piegan Mountain and Glacier

Day 150

The campsite had only two sites and I was in bed before the other group arrived and gone by the time they got up so I never met them and it was a solitary time compared to the last couple of nights. Because I went to bed so early I was awake really early as well and got up in the dark and was ready to hike as soon as it was light enough. The trail climbed in the forest until I reached the Road to the Rising Sun. There wasn't much traffic this early, certainly nothing like what I observed when walking beside St Mary Lake yesterday. Across the road it climbed a lot more as I was heading towards Piegan Pass. Eventually I broke out above treeline and there was a great view of Piegan Mountain and its glacier. It wasn't a very big glacier, but none of them are anymore. At the road I saw an information board that contrasted the glaciers in 1850 and today. They have receded significantly and are projected to disappear completely by 2030 due to global warming. So you'd better get out to Glacier National Park soon if you want to see them.

The trail here was a gentle climb cut into the side of the hill and it wasn't very long before I was at the top of the pass. On the other side was another magnificent view of a deep glacial cut canyon with vertical sides and the classic “U" shaped valley. There were a couple of waterfalls - one that that snaked down several hundred feet that was called Feather Plume Falls and another which I went right past called Morning Eagle Falls. Quite spectacular to see close up. Then the trail hit the trees and there wasn't much to see until I came out at Swiftcurrent Lake where there is a fine looking hotel right on the lake shore. Remember the five brothers I met coming out of East Glacier, well one of them has a daughter who works at the hotel reception and he wanted me stop by and say hello. So I kept the promise I made and met his daughter who was a lovely young lady. We had a nice chat and she asked if I needed anything and I said I'd like to get my phone charged if possible. I left it there and said I'd be back in a couple of hours. I then walked into Many Glacier to the campsite and set up the tent and put all my food in the bear box. Then I went for a walk around the lake to get back to the hotel where I discovered a bar and microbrewed beer. That killed a couple of hours especially once I got chatting with some of the guests. Then I got my phone back and walked to the Italian restaurant for dinner. So today getting into camp early in the afternoon wasn't so bad because there were lots of things to do. I really liked Many Glacier and we'll probably come back here in a couple of days when Howard and I become part of the tourist crowd.

Entry 51 of 54
First  :: Previous  :: Next  :: Last

Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Part Quatre

The Continental Divide Trail is a national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada via New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. This unfinished trail can potentially span up to 3,100 miles. Learn more:


  Printed Maps :: Google Maps :: Journals :: Trail Planners :: Data Books :: Gear Lists :: Snow :: Elevation Profiles  

Postholer.Com © 2005-2023 - Sitemap - W3C - @postholer - GIS Portfolio