Many Glacier (2639) to Fifty Mountain camp (2658.8)
For the first time in many days we set off with full bellies. Thanks to the nearby hikers who fed us the night before. It wasn’t long before some trail crew overtook us. We caught them at the first bridge. It’s time to pull down the bridges for the end of hiking season. We made it across just in time.
It was a long slow climb to the top of Swiftcurrent Pass. On route we spied two moose at the head of the valley. They seemed content eating the last of the late season food.
On the other side of the pass we could see the Going to the sun road off in the distance. A nearby chalet with expansive views was just off the trail, as was the popular side trail that takes hikers to a fire tower lookout. Our energy levels or lack of energy levels stopped us was taking these detours. Maybe we just really want to get to Canada.
The trail followed the contour lines round the edge of the continental divide. The distant mountains are unlike any other in this hike. Some are sharp spires, some glaciated and some still have a coverage of last seasons snows. Glacier National Park is one of my favourite places so far. If anyone is interested in hiking, then put Glacier National Park on your hiking bucket list.
We lingered on a mountain pass to watch the sun set over hundreds of mountain peaks. I think I can see Canada. It was also one of the nicest sunsets for many weeks. But lingering to watch the sunset meant arriving in camp when it was dark, not ideal. A strong gust of wind blew my sunglasses off the top of my head. They careened down a steep slope. Too steep for me to chase after them.
The campsite was full of people and tents, maybe 10 tents, we were surprised to see so many people. Tomorrow my journey on the CDT will come to an end.