Glacier NP, St. Mary to Two Medicine - September 29, 2003 - Member Trip Report

Hike Name: Glacier NP, St. Mary to Two Medicine
Country: United States
State: Montana
Trip Rating: 4 stars
Trip Date: September 29, 2003
Duration: 1 day
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Trail Traffic: None
Trip Weather: Cloudy
Trip Winds: Light
Trip Precipitation: None
Trip Temperature: High: 31-40, Low: 51-60 degrees Fahrenheit
Trip Report: We wake up to a cold and overcast morning with the tops of the surrounding peaks obscured by clouds. After making breakfast and having hot chocolate, we begin our last day of hiking down the Dry Fork Stream Valley. As with the previous days, we pass not a soul on the trail. We do see signs of bears such as tree scrapes and the like, but they look old so we don’t worry. The clouds remain, but they have at least released the peaks from their stranglehold. At one point there is a really good overlook of a seires of waterfalls way down in the valley. We push on as we are not sure how the hitchhiking back to St. Mary is going to pan out. When we get to Two Medicine Campground, there are a few rangers locking up the campsite as the visitor season is over. The fact that there are not many campers begins to make us worry about getting a ride back, so we start hiking along the road leading out of the park hoping someone will drive by. Luckily a ranger intern does after about ½ a mile and offers us a ride to the next major intersection, after which she is heading to East Glacier Park. After dropping us off, we head up the county highway towards St. Mary. A few cars pass, but are not interested in us. Wouldn’t you know the clouds decide to disappear once we get on the black asphalt of the highway and are hiking uphill out of the Two Medicine valley.

A couple from Kalispell stops and is glad to have us. Turns out they were out driving the countryside as part of their anniversary celebration. I get their address with promises to send copies of the 4 rolls of film I took during our trek. They seem pleased with this offer and we chat as we make our way back to the car. All in all a great trip/trek and not a soul on the trail. Can’t ask for much more than that!



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