The loop in Glacier National Park that travels through both Pitamakan Pass and Dawson Pass is one of my favorites, if not my very favorite. One is almost guaranteed to see big game, gorgeous lakes, four separate drainages and a ridge walk that’s unparalleled in the Park. The excuse was a mountain goat survey, as if one is ever needed.
The original plan was to hike up to Triple Divide but, someone had already claimed that survey site. We decided to take a walk up to Pitamakan Pass instead and finish out the loop. The day was overcast and we got drizzled on a little bit. I’ve been up on those passes when the weather is super nasty. This was not one of those days. It was moody, but not nasty. Had we gone all “fair weather” and turned around, we would have missed a black bear, a couple of herds of bighorn sheep, random goats, wonderful birds, flowers and a few rodents.
Kristen got a little cold during the hour long survey and we both ended up with some soggy feet, but this trip never disappoints.