Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 5/16/2017 per 851
Trail POSTED for bear frequenting 9/6/17 per 822
Featherplume Falls suspension bridge: INSTALLED 6/22/2017 per 851
SCHEDULED REMOVAL 9/25/2017 PER 650
Grinnell Glacier Snow Drift work: CLEAR OF SNOW HAZARDS 7/17/2017 per 851
Morning Eagle Footbridge: INSTALLED 7/13/2017 per 851
SCHEDULED REMOVAL 9/26/2017 PER 650
Visitors showed pictures of 6-8" of snow at pass and drifts up to 12" 9/21/17 per 624-mozol
Iceberg Bridge: INSTALLED 6/21/2017 per 851
SCHEDULED REMOVAL 9/27/2017 PER 650
Ptarmigan Tunnel Doors: OPEN 7/7/2017 per 851
SCHEDULED CLOSING 9/28/2017 PER 650
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.
WINDMAKER SUSPENSION BRIDGE: INSTALLED 5/31/2017 per 851
SCHEDULED REMOVAL 9/26/2017 PER 650 Posted for bear frequenting 8/27/2017 per 822
SWIFTCURRENT BRIDGE PLANKS: INSTALLED 7/6/2017 per 851
SCHEDULED REMOVAL 9/27/2017 PER 650 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
TRAIL POSTED for bear frequenting per 822 B. Adams 9/5
Cataract Creek Suspension Bridge: INSTALLED 6/12/2017 per 851