106 Photos - Aug 7, 2014
Photo: Day hike up to Siyeh Pass and down through Sunrift Gorge (day before the backpacking trip)Photo: July 31, 2014
Greg and Murray near Siyeh Pass - Looking north at the Boulder Creek and beyond to Canada.Photo: Siyeh PassPhoto: A look ahead at the second half of our hike - Sunrift Gorge with St. Mary Lake in distancePhoto: Murray and Greg on the left near Siyeh PassPhoto: Down from the pass into Sunrift Gorge with Sexton Glacier in the background.Photo: St. Mary Lake below Sunrift GorgePhoto: Photo: Newly-weds from Michigan on the way down from Siyeh PassPhoto: Sexton Glacier in the background.Photo: Folded Rock LayersPhoto: Photo: Photo: Newly-weds from Michigan.Photo: Newly-weds from MIPhoto: Newly-weds from MIPhoto: Newly-weds from MIPhoto: Siyeh Pass on horizonPhoto: Heading down to the Going to the Sun Highway. Saint Mary Lake can be seen in the distance.Photo: Down into Sunrift GorgePhoto: Summary - 6 days and 5 nights in the back-country of GNP
We started at the southern end of Waterton Lake and ended near Sherburne Lake (Many Glacier area. To read about other adventures  go to bigskywalker.com.Photo: Friday, August 1 - 2014
We left one car at Many Glacier, drove another to Waterton Lake in Canada, hopped a tour boat to the southern end of the lake, got off at Goat Haunt (in USA), and started hiking. That clearing in the forest is the USA-Canadian border as seen from the boat. Canada is on left, USA on right.Photo: Customs agents checked our pass-ports as we got off the boat at the Goat Haunt Ranger Station (southern end of Waterton Lake).Photo: The hike from Goat Haunt to our first night campsite at Kootenai Lakes was only 2.8 miles.Photo: This shows our first two campsites. NOTE: We didn't actually get off the boat until it reached the shore. :)Photo: Kootenai Lakes food prep area: Everyone eats and keeps their food in a common area that is 50-100 ft. from any campsite.  Each campground has 2-4 campsites.  On our first night we enjoyed visiting with a young couple from WI and a family from CA.Photo: Our first night a the Kootenai Lakes campsite.Photo: Food and scented materials must be at least 10 ft. off the ground.  We didn't see any bears during the entire 65 miles of hiking and back-packing.Photo: There were several moose on Kootenai Lake the next morning.  This is the only one that was close enough to photograph.Photo: The Sun started to shine as we hit the trail from Kootenai Lakes to Stony Indian Lake on day #2Photo: On the way to Stony Indian Lake.Photo: This is Stony Indian Lake with Stony Indian Pass in the background. After we set up camp, we walked up to the pass.Photo: Afternoon hike to check out the pass.Photo: Afternoon hike to explore Stony Indian Pass. Our campsite was just to the left of the lake's outlet.Photo: Stony Indian Lake as viewed from near the pass - Our night #2 campsite was just to the left of the lake's outlet.Photo: On Stony Indian PassPhoto: Headed back down to the lake for a swim.Photo: Greg can be seen near the bottom of the photo, heading back down on the trail to our campsite. When we got back Murray and I went for a swim.Photo: Toilet with a view near our campsite at Stony Indian - the toilets were also quite a ways from the campsites.Photo: Another view of the same toilet - lid up this time.Photo: Our campsite at Stony Indian on night #2Photo: Day #3 - hiking down from Stony Indian PassPhoto: From Stony Indian Pass hiked down past this lake - Photo taken from just below Stony Indian PassPhoto: Stony Indian Pass in the backgroundPhoto: Day #3 continued.Photo: Photo: Murray and Greg above Glenns Lake with Cosley Lake in the distance - On night #3 we camped at the far end of the Glenns Lake.Photo: Photo: Glenns LakePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Some dude fishing on the upper end of Glenns Lake - We took a side-trip here to see Pyramid Falls, then came back through on our way to the lower end of Glenns Lake.Photo: Your's truly at Pyramid Falls near Mokowanis Lake.Photo: Eating area near our campsite on night #3 - It was the only night that rain caused problems.  There were 4 campsites here, so lots of people (CO, PA, OR, and us)Photo: This image shows our second and third night campsites.Photo: Day #4 - Cosley Lake (north of Glenns Lake)Photo: Cosley LakePhoto: On the way to Elizabeth Lake, with Chief Mountain on horizon. Remember - This was 2014. The three of us climbed Chief Mountain in 2017.Photo: Cosley LakePhoto: Family from California ready to ford the Mokowanis River (outlet of Cosley Lake)Photo: Fording the Mokowanis RiverPhoto: Crossing the Mokawanis River just north of Cosley Lake.Photo: Dawn Mist Falls on the Belly RiverPhoto: Walk on the beach to our campsite on night #4 at the upper end of Elizabeth LakePhoto: Campsite on night #4 - everything is laid out to dryPhoto: This photo was taken a couple weeks earlier from Ptarmigan Tunnel.  It shows the location of our night #4 campsite on the southern end of Lake Elizabeth.Photo: Day #4 - After we set up camp at the upper end of Elizabeth Lake, we hiked up to Helen Lake. We walked past evidence of a recent avalanche as we hiked up to Helen Lake.Photo: Some beach - There was another group of backpackers at Helena Lake when we arrived.Photo: Greg and Murray on the beach at Helen Lake.Photo: Greg walking on water!  (Belly River)Photo: Murray can too!Photo: Common food prep area on night #4 at the upper end of Elizabeth Lake. These folks (from FL, CA, IL, WI, AZ) were with a guide.Photo: This image shows our third and fourth night campsites. The night #3 arrow should be pointing at the lower end of Glenns Lake, not the lower end of Cosley Lake.Photo: There were low clouds on Elizabeth as we left on Wednesday morning.Photo: Greg is crossing the Belly River near Lake Elizabeth - on our way to Red Gap Pass.Photo: View of Elizabeth Lake from the trail to Red Gap Pass. Our campsite was near the far shore of the lake (near center of photo). We were hoping those clouds would burn off.Photo: Hiking from Lake Elizabeth toward Red Gap Pass.Photo: The clouds finally did burn off as we approached Red Gap Pass.Photo: Mud-cracks in argillite - Belt Formation; over 1 billion yrs. oldPhoto: Murray on the trail to Red Gap PassPhoto: Greg is just below Red Gap Pass. That ridge is the Continental Divide.Photo: Murray approaching Red Gap Pass.Photo: Greg getting closer to Red Gap PassPhoto: Red Gap Pass on the Continental Divide: You can see why they call it Red Gap Pass. Murray and Greg are getting ready for lunch. The next photo was taken from that little peak.Photo: Photo of Murray and Greg at our lunch spot on Red Gap Pass.Photo: Photo: Red Gap PassPhoto: That is Poia Lake in the distance is where we would end the day and spend our final night in the backcountry.Photo: View from Red Gap Pass looking down at Elizabeth LakePhoto: Starting down from the passPhoto: Can you see the hikers heading up the trail to the pass?Photo: Red Gap PassPhoto: Hikers heading up toward Red Gap Pass with Kennedy Lake in distance.Photo: Ripple marks in argillitePhoto: Photo: More impressive ripple marks.Photo: Murray on the floodplain of Kennedy Creek - nearing Poia LakePhoto: Red Gap Pass is hidden behind that mountain on the right.Photo: Poia Lake - Our night #5 campsite was on the other side of the lake (to the right).Photo: Evening hike to an out-cropping of limestone near Poia LakePhoto: We took a hike that evening. Can you spot Murray and Greg in the photo.Photo: View of Poia Lake from our evening hike - Looking toward Red Gap PassPhoto: Day #6 - This a parting shot of Poia Lake on our final morning. You can see part of Red Gap Pass in the distance.Photo: Murray and Greg were nearing the end of our journey at the Many Glacier area. From here we got into the vehicle we left there, retrieved the vehicle we left in Canada, and then headed back to Helena. 

Unfortunately the only way to get back to the blog is to go to "bigskywalker.com" - Then scroll down find the post.Photo: This is the last leg of our trek.