Iceberg Lake Trail Closure Prompts Gals to Change to Bullhead Lake
Three Giggers arrived at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot and headed up to the trailhead at 8:45 am only to discover that the Iceberg-Ptarmigan Tunnel trail was closed due to recent bear activity.
Fortunately, the trail to Bullhead Lake was an open option for us to explore. We headed up the alternate trail which merges with the main Bulhead Lake trail that beckons folks from the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot. The trees along the way and many beautiful wildflowers offered a cooler trek for us and provided a canopy from the full sun of the day for portions of the lower trail. The trail was blanketed with fields of Indian Paintbrush, Fireweed ,Sticky Gernanium, Wood's rose and Huckleberries to name a few that we were able to identify.
The trail was very dry and dusty and the flowers along the trail were covered by dust which somewhat dimmed their brilliant colors. The remnants of flowering Bear Grass were everywhere, having lost their beautiful white flowers and leaving behind brown sticks. We made our way up the trail stopping to enjoy Redrock Lake and the beautiful Redrock Falls before heading up the trail to Bullhead Lake.
The close up view of Swiftcurrent Pass and theater of mountains is spectacular to say the least and allowed us to watch backpackers as they made their way down the pass from their overnight adventures.
On our return trek, Cathy and Sue stopped to remember Chrissie and Julie with memorial stones that they dropped in the water near Redrock Falls. Our unexpected surprise at Fisher Cap Lake, was viewing a Momma Moose feeding while she stood in the lake near the shore. She seemed to struggle to maintain her footing and with each step sunk down into the muddy bottom. There were rumors that she had a baby nearby which we did not see.
All in all, it was a great day even though we didn't get to see Iceberg Lake. We finished the day by stopping at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn cafe for a little refreshment before heading back to Great Falls. Who attended: Sue M. Cathy K., and Emily.