Lots of snow on trail. Medium sized avalanche in first mile around lake. 2 snow fields to cross before avalanche area. Switchbacks free of snow till top of ridge then 100%snow. Creek is out of bounds with some fording needed. 5/15/19 per 224 Hatfield
Featherplume Falls Suspension Bridge: REMOVED 9/25/18 per 851 *Footbridge over creek near Grinnell Lake is out. Ford required for hikers planning on hiking out of the Grinnell Lake area via the South Josephine trail. 7/23/18 824 Bouf
Morning Eagle Footbridge: REMOVED 9/25/18 per 851
Iceberg Bridge: INSTALLED 6/26/2018 per 650
SCHEDULED REMOVAL: 9/28/2018 PER 650
Ptarmigan Tunnel Doors:
TUNNEL OFFICIALLY CLOSED: 10/2/18 per 658 Harms
WARNING! THE FIRST MAJOR CREEK THAT IS CROSSED EAST OF RED GAP PASS HAS EXTREMELY SLIPPERY ROCKS. HIKERS HAVE BEEN KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED ATTEMPTING TO GET WATER FROM THE CREEK AFTER CLIMBING ONTO THE ROCKS BOTH AT THE BRIDGE SITE AND FROM THE SWITCHBACKS BELOW. USE EXTREME CAUTION!!!
NOTE - A $10.00 Blackfeet Tribal Conservation Permit is required by each person(regardless of age) to recreate on reservation land.
VEHICLES NOT RECOMMENDED!!! This access to the Slide Lake area is by way of an unmarked and unmaintained road across Blackfeet Indian Nation land. This access to the Glacier Park boundary is very muddy, rutted, rocky, and used heavily by cattle. There is one major fork in the road a couple miles in, the left fork that leads down towards Otatso Creek is the way to Slide.
DIRECTIONS: Heading north up Highway 89, turn left onto Chief Mountain Highway 17. Drive 4.3 miles north up Highway 17. Look for a dirt road on the left heading west/southwest and skirting just south of Chief Mountain. If you go by Chief Mtn. Overlook (aka Crusher Hill), a pullout at the top of a hill, you have gone 0.3 miles too far.
90% clear of snow. Several snow drifts up to 6 feet. Tread packed down. per 824 Walters 5/18/19
WINDMAKER SUSPENSION BRIDGE: REMOVED 9/24/18 per 851
SWIFTCURRENT BRIDGE PLANKS: REMOVED 9/24/18 per 851 STOCK ADVISORY: Trail between Bullhead Lake and Devil's Elbow is steep, narrow and not recommended for stock. per 650
Cataract Creek Suspension Bridge: INSTALLED 6/12/18 per 851
*Ford required for hikers planning on exiting the Grinnell Lake area via the Featherplume Falls cutoff trail. Cataract Creek Suspension Bridge: REMOVED 9/28/2018 per 658