Ascent to Kootenai Lake on 2017-08-05
|Date:||Saturday, August 5, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||No Summit Goal|
| Elevation:||4400 ft / 1341 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe weather report wasn't the greatest so we decided to drive to Waterton and be tourists there. We took the boat ride to Goat Haunt, where we found a US NP ranger prepared to take us on a guided hike to Kootenai Lakes. One other couple joined us. Ranger Frank said we would go at 3mph to allow us to stop and talk at intervals. It was quick-paced through the somewhat overgrown trail, but the stops were interesting, including: stinging nettle, bear scratches on the trees, a "bear rub tree" with bear footprints worn into the vegetation, distinctions of the park (Glacier and Waterton are the world's first International Peace Park, they are Dark Sky parks, World Heritage sites). We got a quick lunch break at the lake, which is really just a wide place in the river since there is current there. We had hoped to see moose, but Ranger Frank's loud yelling and singing to scare the bears away probably scared them away, too. We got back to the boat in plenty of time. This was a 3 day weekend for Canadians (Heritage Day) so there were extra boats for the extra demand.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||400 ft / 121 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||400 ft / 121 m|
| Distance:||6 mi / 9.7 km|
| Start Trailhead:||4000 ft / 1219 m|
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