Glacier NP, St. Mary to Two Medicine - September 27, 2003 - Member Trip Report

Hike Name: Glacier NP, St. Mary to Two Medicine
Country: United States
State: Montana
Trip Rating: 5 stars
Trip Date: September 27, 2003
Duration: 1 day
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Trail Traffic: None
Trip Weather: Sunny
Trip Winds: Light
Trip Precipitation: None
Trip Temperature: High: 61-70, Low: 31-40 degrees Fahrenheit
Trip Report: After breaking camp, we notice the moose in the lake form the evening before is still grazing, so we watch while eating breakfast. After making camp we head up Red Eagle Creek trail until it meets with Hudson Bay Creek. Here we circle around and then meet back up with Hudson Bay Creek and head up to the headwaters: Triple Divide Pass. As we catch our first glimpse of the pass from quite a distance away, we are high enough to really see the colors changing in the trees. Really picked a great time for our trek!

Triple Divide peak is the only known point in the world that the slopes drain into three different oceans, Pacific, Atlantic, and the Arctic Oceans. We begin to climb to the cirque just below the pass. There are plenty of switchbacks going up to the pass, but we manage without too much trouble. Near the pass we see someone rocketing down the peak and its scree, then running past us: a trail runner that impresses us as he runs the knife edge of the peak as if it’s flat ground. The pass is in the shadow of the peak and the breeze picks up enough so that we decide to put pants on. Descending down the other side of the pass is non-eventful as the trail offers no switchbacks, just a nice steady slope until we hit the tree line.

At the campground we meet a group of 4 who are in for the weekend who have hiked in from the Cut Bank Trailhead. We share well deserved beers and a meal with them and have a great time around the campfire (this is the only campground of the 3 that we visit that allows fires). We easily fall asleep next to the soothing sounds of Atlantic Creek, just yards from our tent. I might add that the tent went up much easier and quicker with stakes …



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