Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kintla to Bowman, Part 1

The backpacking trip from Kintla Lake to Bowman Lake over Boulder and Brown Passes is one of the most spectacular in Glacier National Park.  We didn’t know if we’d see anything with all the fires, but we were signed up to do mountain goat, loon, and pika surveys for Glacier’s Citizen Science Program, so we decided to brave the smoke.
Still Waters, my old (hiking) partner from way back when, drove up from Colorado to visit.   
I was also backpacking for the first time with D., another citizen science volunteer who would be showing me how to do the pika surveys.

Kintla and Bowman Lakes are tucked away in far northwestern part of Glacier National Park.  The unpaved North Fork Road out there is notorious for being washboarded out— but it keeps this area quiet and preserves the experience.  We drove out the night before our backpacking trip to car camp at Bowman Lake.
Hanging out at Bowman Lake Campground
The smoke was thick above Kintla and Upper Kintla Lake.  Fortunately, it didn’t interfere as much with our surveys but at times it felt like it made it harder to breathe.
Smoky surveys.
We didn't see pikas or hear their characteristic "eek" calls, but we did find their little round scat.  I'm sure you're glad I'm including this exciting photo.
Smoky but still gorgeous views on the Boulder Pass Trail.
Feeling on top of the world at Boulder Pass.
For the excitement on our second night...  See Part 2...


  1. Some pictures aren't posting. The others are always.

    1. Oh shoot I can't tell which ones you can't see since they all show up on my screen. Darn technology!