Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 5/16/2017 per 851
30% Snow cover last 1.5 miles to lake 6/12/2017 per 851
Featherplume Falls suspension bridge: Projected installation date 7/7/2017 per 656
The plank footbridge just beyond the trail jct. at Grinnell Lake has washed out requiring a stream ford for hikers wanting to reach the Piegan Pass trail from Grinnell Lake. Ford not recommended at this time due to high flows. Hikers can use the Upper Piegan Trail to access the Featherplume Falls area and to reach Piegan Pass. 6/15/2017 per 650
6/15/2017 Trail clear from Josephine boat dock 2.5 miles to hazardous trail barrier. Beyond hazardous trail barrier, trail is 100% snow covered with undercut snow bridges and steep-angled snow fields. Travel beyond hazardous trail barrier is NOT RECOMMENDED per 823
Morning Eagle Footbridge: Projected installation date 7/7/2017 per 650
Featherplume Foot Bridge: Projected installation date 7/7/2017 per 650
Iceberg Bridge: INSTALLED 6/21/2017 per 851
6/15/2017 Trail is 60% snow covered approx. 1 mile from junction with few steep-angled snow fields, increasing snow with proximity to lake. Emerging vegetation around lake sensitive to trampling route-finders per 823 TRAIL POSTED for bear frequenting per 822 B. Adams. 6/18/18.
6/15/2017 Trail clear beyond junction for approx. 3/4 mile, then increasing snow fields requiring route-finding skills. Few steep-angled snow fields to lake per 823 TRAIL CLOSED due to carcass on trail per 822 B. Adams 6/19/17
Ptarmigan Tunnel Doors: Projected opening date 7/14/2017 per 656
6/15/2017 Approx. 80% snow cover on trail around lake. Steep-angled snow fields increase as you climb switchbacks to tunnel per 823 TRAIL CLOSED due to carcass on trail per 822 B. Adams 6/19/17
Trail free of snow to lake 6/16/17 per 824
Avalanche debris (100 small trees) 3.5 miles beyond Poia lake. 1 mile of snow at tree line. SNOW HAZARD: for route finding at tree line. 6/6/2017 per B12. 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.
From Lee Ridge Jct to Gable Pass is 40% snow covered. Route finding skills required. SNOW HAZARD for steep snow drift near the Lee Ridge Trail Jct. 6/21/17, per 823
From Slide Lake Cpgd. to Gable Pass is 20% snow covered. Route finding skills required at Gable Pass. 6/21/17 per 823
WINDMAKER SUSPENSION BRIDGE: INSTALLED 5/31/2017 per 851
SWIFTCURRENT BRIDGE PLANKS: Projected installation date 7/7/2017
Winter conditions exist. Trail is mostly under snow. Route finding and navigation skills necessary.5/20/17 per 923
Trail is narrow with loose rock and some exposure in several places in the switchbacks.
STOCK ADVISORY: Trail between Bullhead Lake and Devil's Elbow is steep, narrow and not recommended for stock. per 650
Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 5/31/2017 per 851
North Shore Josephine Lake posted for bear frequenting. 06/19/2017 per 822
Cataract Creek Suspension Bridge: INSTALLED 6/12/2017 per 851
HAZARD: Plank Bridge at Grinnell Lake WASHED OUT 6/14/17 per 851