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.
Trail clear but for snow hazard approximately 3 miles from the TH, per 824 on 6/5/2018.
Morning Eagle Footbridge: Projected installation 7/6/2018 per 650
Projected Initial Clearing Date: Cleared 6/1/18 per 851
No changes per 822 on 6/5
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.
Patchy snow cover. Route-finding skills highly recommended, per 823 on 6/4/2018.
Ptarmigan Tunnel Doors: Projected opening 7/13/2018 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!!!
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.
Projected initial clearing date: CLEARED 5/29/18 per 851
WINDMAKER SUSPENSION BRIDGE: INSTALLED 6/11/18 per 851
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
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.