That’s right, we decided to take a zero on our first day! Who doesn’t need a good rest day before a few months of hiking? Unfortunately, this was not our plan. We woke up this morning, packed our things and did what most thru hikers do on town day at small towns, head to the post office. I had sent myself a box with my bear spray, knife, and toothpaste (I often forget what size containers of liquid are allowed on planes). Approach also had to mail a package out. We then stopped in West Glacier to see a visitor shop before heading around to the East side of the park. We hoped to start at the far northeast corner of Glacier National Park. We drove through East Glacier, a small town at the southeast corner and then to Saint Mary Ranger Station. We walked in excited to get our backcountry permits that are needed to camp in the park only to be told that ours had been cancelled. One of the sites we needed had a grizzly bear problem and they weren’t allowing tent campers. Also, part of the CDT had over 20 dead frozen cows that had died during the winter. The snow had recently melted enough to alert any grizzly bear in the area that there was plenty of food available. The bears get very territorial when this happens so the park rangers have to close the trail. With this news, we had a hard decision. We could either road walk 50 of the 100 miles of trail that were inaccessible due to these closures or we could drive to another part of the trail and hike the Glacier National Park section at another time. We chose the second. The four of us loaded up in the van, spent a few hours seeing the sights of Glacier that weren’t closed, then drove over 4 hours to just north of Butte, Montana where the CDT crosses interstate 15. This had us starting at mile 427.6, using the Canadian border as mile 0. We will be hiking north then plan to hitchhike back down to Butte in order to start walking south. This gives Glacier around 3 weeks to open back up for us. We aren’t particularly happy about this but we take what we can get out here and we are still very happy and privileged to be able to be spending the summer hiking. Tomorrow, we finally get to start hiking!
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