From the Chief Mountain Trailhead, we followed the Belly River Trail 9.7 to Elizabeth Lake Campground.
|Along the Belly River.|
|Further up along the Belly River.|
|I think this is spotted saxifrage.|
|Cooling off at Dawn Mist Falls.|
As we were backing up, we had an even more exciting wildlife encounter— a FROG hopped by. WOW! We all immediately pulled out our cameras and knelt down around the jewel of an amphibian, forgetting all about the bear. There are only a few types of amphibians in Glacier, and we wanted to submit our observation to iNaturalist.
|This is a photo of the cool frog, which leapt away quickly but you might see in the bottom right hand corner if you squint. It would have been irresponsible to take a photo of the bear.|
|Spotting distant mountain goats and bighorn sheep at Elizabeth Lake.|
The next morning, we ate breakfast and watched shadows creeping across the mountains.
One more black bear and plenty of tracks on the return trip to the trailhead.
Date hiked: June 6 - 7
Belly River Trail details
Glacier National Park's Citizen Science Program
Glacier National Park Backcountry Camping permits