Parking Problems, Construction and Moose Rule Day in Many Glacier
Starting earlier than usual, at 5:30 our group of hikers headed to the Power exit to pick up Viki and then on to Glacier. We were on a mission to move a vehicle from St.Mary to Swiftcurrent because part of the GIG group were hiking down Swiftcurrent pass after their stay at Granite Park Chalet.
Road construction held us up for a few minutes but the traffic moved quickly and by the time we got to the St. Mary visitor center at about 8:30 the parking lot for Logan Pass and the Visitor Center were full. Luckily we did not have to park, just pick up and move a car to Swiftcurrent. Again we encountered lots of people and it was hard to find a place to park. Cathy K managed to parallel park a large truck in between two cars that had all observers in awe.
It was a bluebird day and the GIG group was at Red Rock in under an hour and everyone then headed down the trail to Bullhead Lake. Fisher Cap Lake had not produced any moose but after Red Rock a young moose was on the trail and then headed into the trees. We were able to take a few pictures and then there was a rustling in the trees and the mother moose could then be seen. We felt lucky to be able to observe the wildlife and then went our way. When we arrived at Bullhead Lake, Susan W wanted to go further so we went to the end of the lake where Swiftcurrent Pass started.
After lunch at the lake we proceeded back to Swiffcurrent and then to the Many Glacier Hotel but dinner there was not in our cards as there was no place to park. A trip to The Two Sisters Restaurant for dinner yielded content hikers as we had pulled pork and Portobello sandwiches and some huckleberry pie to round things out before we arrived home.
Who went: Susan W., Jo Ann W, Bonnie W., Susan C, Jean F, Gail, Viki, Cathy K and Sue M.