|Hike Name:||Glacier NP, St. Mary to Two Medicine|
|Trip Date:||September 26, 2003|
|Trip Temperature:||High: 61-70, Low: 41-50 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Trip Report:||I flew in from Detroit and Roy-Boy flew in from Louisiana as high school buds got together for a scenic trek in the year that most of the park was closed due to forest fires. All of the shops in West Glacier were closed and this was the last day the Park store would be open. After searching for a source of white gas, we turned to the Ranger station and they were kind enough to fill our bottle. As a result of coming so late in the season, we didn’t have to worry about any of the campgrounds being full. As it turned out, we only ran across 3 other tents the rest of the trip. You never know what the weather will be like in late September, but we had unbelievably great weather for the four days we were on the trail. After eating a quick lunch at the car and organizing our gear into our packs and weeding the things we didn’t for the forecasted good weather, we were ready to go. This day was going to be an easy 8 mile jaunt up to Red Eagle Lake so it was the wildlife that upped the star rating.
A mile or so in, we ran across our first wildlife of the trek – a moose in the middle of the trail. After walking slowly up on the moose, she decided to get out of the way towards the trees. Another couple of miles and we come to Red Eagle Creek. The park keeps the bridges in excellent shape and it was no problem crossing here or at other places throughout the trek. We took our time driving along Going to the Sun Road and doing side hikes here and there during the day, so by the time we got to our campsite at Red Eagle Lake, dusk was well settled in. We did see our second moose of the day grazing in the middle of the lake. Unfortunately a nearly black moose at dusk 70 yards away don’t make a good picture. Roy-boy couldn’t find the stakes for the tent – nice. We made do since the tent is a free stander and there were plenty of rocks, trees, and sticks around. When repacking in the morning, he found the stakes. Still a humorous memory. Since we weren’t all that high up and still technically in the St. Mary valley, the temps didn’t get that low that night despite the clear skies.