|Descending to Lake Ellen Wilson Campsite, where I had a permit to camp.|
“But you should be more worried about the mountain goats. They harassed us all night.”
What would you have done?
|Mountain Goats are neat... especially when they are this far away.|
I like to give animals their space. When I'm not constrained by having to camp in a permited site, I always find campsites that are far from any signs of animals, and if I see lots of scat, I'll just keep hiking. Even if it's something completely harmless like deer. It's my way of being respectful.
The thing that is so tough for me is that some animals in Glacier are acclimatized to humans. I feel much more comfortable around wild-acting animals. Shoot even the begging ground squirrels make me uncomfortable, how they lung at you, how they remind me that we humans are having such a huge impact on these animals. How we've encroached on their land and the few spaces they have left, we come and fed them and disrespect their wildness.
I guess I should have done more research about where to camp. I'm trying to figure out how to be in Montana.
|Mountain goat on the trail.|
Starting at Lake McDonald Lodge, I hiked up the Gunsight Pass trail past Sperry Chalet to Lake Ellen Wilson. And retraced my steps back.