Bear Blocks Road; Popular Iceberg Trail Not as Busy as Usual
Two cars left Great Falls at 5:30 a.m to head to Many Glacier for a 10-mile hike to Iceberg Lake.
It was easy to find a parking place amazingly, but then again, we really arrived early. We got on trail at 9:15 and were done at 3 p.m.
On the way in, we saw a bear on the way in walking along the side of the road, sauntering along like he owned the pavement. We had to drive around him.
We did take our hike pretty leisurely. We say many large groups of hikers, with as many as 10-15 people. It was crowded with everyone passing us but not overly crowded.
It was a beautiful hike; the gradual uphill that wasn't noticeable really until we turned around and went down.
We saw a mouse on the trail. Two Columbia ground squirrels ran over Susan' C's boots, startling her, causing her to scream, which startled all of us.
At the lake, it was pretty crowded. We saw some people coming from Shangri-la down the steep scree to Iceberg Lake.
The only icebergs were at the far end of the lake, so there was no standing on them this year.
The flowers were pretty but the bear grass was all over.
Amber was the water bearer, reminding everyone to drink to prevent dehydration.
Cloud cover threatened to drop some water but it never rained.
Ate at 'Nells restaurant at Swiftcurrent. The restaurant has changed with ordering at the counter, all pay separate. It's burgers, pizza, wraps and salad. It was okay, but Josy said the French fries were the best.
We arrived home around 7p.m.
Who went: Josy, Susan C, Amber, Bonnie J, Brenda, Viki, Susan W