MANY GLACIER - trail status as of 2:01AM Mountain Time on 6-20-2018
Appekunny Falls Trail
Many Glacier Road to Appekunny Falls/ 1.0 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 5/29/18 per 851


Cracker Lake Trail
Trailhead at Hotel to Cracker Lake Campground/ 6.1 mi
Projected Initial Clearing Date: CLEARED 6/14/18 per 851 Patchy snow in the last mile to the lake. Swift water crossing (shallow) at each end of the Canyon Creek Bridge, per 923 on 6/5/2018.
Feather Plume Falls Cutoff Trail (to Grinnell Lk.) 1.2
Grinnell Lk. to Piegan Pass Tr. at Feather Plume Falls/1.2mi
Trail CLOSED due to flooding 6/19/18 per C10

Projected initial clearing date: 6/7/2018 per 650

Featherplume Falls Suspension Bridge: Projected installation 7/6/2018 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.


Grinnell Glacier Trail
From Josephine Lake to Glacier Overlook/ 3.7 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: 7/27/2018 per 650

Trail clear but for snow hazard approximately 3 miles from the TH, per 824 on 6/5/2018.


Piegan Pass Trail (Upper Route)
From Hotel to Featherplume Falls Jct./ 4.1 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: Cleared 6/14/18 per 851


Featherplume Falls Jct. to Piegan Pass/ 4.2 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: 8/7/2018 per 650

Morning Eagle Footbridge: Projected installation 7/6/2018 per 650


Ptarmigan/ Iceberg Trail
Motel parking lot to jct. above Ptarmigan Falls/ 2.4 mi.
Trail POSTED for bear frequenting. 6/12/18 per C1

Projected Initial Clearing Date: Cleared 6/1/18 per 851

No changes per 822 on 6/5


Jct. above Ptarmigan Falls to Iceberg Lake/ 2.1 mi.
Trail POSTED for bear frequenting. 6/12/18 per C1

Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 6/13/18 per 851

Iceberg Bridge: Projected installation 7/2/2018 per 650

On 6/5 clear of snow until 1.5 miles up from Ptarmigan Jct, then 100% snow cover to Lake Per 822.


Jct. above Ptarmigan Falls to Ptarmigan Lake/ 1.7 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 6/13/18 per 851

Patchy snow cover. Route-finding skills highly recommended, per 823 on 6/4/2018.


Ptarmigan Lake to Ptarmigan Tunnel/ 0.9 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: 7/12/2018 per 650

Ptarmigan Tunnel Doors: Projected opening 7/13/2018 per 650


Red Gap Pass Trail (Poia Lake)
Trailhead to foot of Poia Lake/ 6.4 mi.
Projected Initial Clearing Date: CLEARED 6/14/18 per 851


Poia Lake to Red Gap Pass/ 5.6 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: 7/26/2018 per 650

About 15 trees down. First 4.5 miles are snow free. Switchback section in the trees, about a mile before the pass, is still covered in 3-4 feet of snow, and route finding can be difficult. The final creek crossing before the pass is covered in a short, but high-angle snowfield. Hiking poles or an ice axe would be recommended for stability and/or self-arrest. 624 Sergeant 6/10/18

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!!!


Sherburne Ranger Station Cutoff
Red Gap Pass Trail to Sherburne Ranger Station / 1.0 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 5/31/18 per 851


Slide Lake / Gable Pass Trail
Park Boundary to Slide Lake Cpgd./ 1.4 mi.
Trail clear of snow. A few trees down. per 923 on 5/31/18

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.


Slide Lake Cpgd. to Lee Ridge Jct. via Gable Pass/ 2.5 m
Projected initial clearing date: 7/27/2018 per 650


Swiftcurrent Lake Nature Trail
Trail around the Swiftcurrent Lake/ 2.6 mi.
Trail CLOSED from the boat dock at the head of Swiftcurrent Lake to Grinnell picnic area due to bear and moose carcass. 06/19/2018 per C10

Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 5/29/18 per 851


Swiftcurrent Pass Trail
Campstore parking lot to Head of Bullhead Lake / 3.9 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 6/11/18 per 851

WINDMAKER SUSPENSION BRIDGE: INSTALLED 6/11/18 per 851


Bullhead Lake to Swiftcurrent Pass / 2.7 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: 7/20/2018 per 650

SWIFTCURRENT BRIDGE PLANKS: Projected installation 7/6/2018

STOCK ADVISORY: Trail between Bullhead Lake and Devil's Elbow is steep, narrow and not recommended for stock. per 650

UPDATE: At head of Bullhead Lake avalanche snow 2-5 ft deep over trail. Stream braiding and lack of plank bridge along with significant rock wash has masked trail such that route finding is needed. Small snow bank at start of switchbacks across creek with water undercut requires care. Stream 1 ft deep.Switchbacks are mostly clear to Devil's Elbow except for one large steep snowfield that requires ice axe for self arrest. The trail is washed and covered in rock slide debris in many places but passable if careful. At Devil's Elbow the snow drift is starting to melt with the edge of the trail showing, but still quite hazardous. Further on there is significant snow and route finding skills needed. Crampons and ice axe recommended. We are receiving snow and rain now 6/10/18 and trail may be more hazardous than just reported. 824 Hatfield 6/7/18


Trails around Josephine Lake to Grinnell Lake
North Shore Trail to Oastler Shelter / 1.7 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 5/29/2018 per 851


So.Shore Tr. from Hotel to Oastler Shelter/ 2.0 mi.
Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 5/29/18 per 851


Oastler Shelter to Grinnell Lake (also Hidden Falls) 1.0 mi.
Trail CLOSED from Cataract Bridge to Grinnell Lake due to flooding 6/19/18 per C10

Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 6/12/18 per 851

Cataract Creek Suspension Bridge: INSTALLED 6/12/18 per 851

Plank bridge at Grinnell Lake is out. Follow Flagging to view the lake 6/12/18 per 851

*Ford required for hikers planning on exiting the Grinnell Lake area via the Featherplume Falls cutoff trail.



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