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Glenns Lake Foot to Cosley Lake, MT
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Glenns Lake Foot to Cosley Lake, MT 
Glenns Lake Foot to Cosley Lake, MT
 
Backpack1.60 Miles 65 AEG
Backpack1.60 Miles
65 ft AEG
 
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Written Oct 14th.  This would be the easiest of our days as we only had a couple miles back toward Cosley Lake.  However, Cosley Lake is worth getting to early as it's a great place to hang out.  We gave thought to doing Bear Mountain... key word being "thought".  I think we got rolling after 9:30AM.  Glenns Lake Foot doesn't have a beach so there was no point in staying longer.   Before we left I did a little trail work at our campsite as the overgrowth made it difficult to see the roots that would cause one to stumble.

Oh, I forgot to mention that a couple of former Russians came over what they called "the hill" via the Ptarmigan Tunnel as Elizabeth Lake Foot was closed due to bear activity (that's about 13 miles).  They were the last to stagger in for the day.  He had quite the bag of food for their time out here.  They had also been backpacking in the Beartooths (over by Red Lodge MT) with their son.  They were surprised to learn I had been in the Soviet Union in the mid-70s.  They had left shortly after that and have been on the east coast ever since. 
We gracefully got onto the subject of the war with Ukraine and they are disgusted by it.  We would have loved to probe more but felt this was not the place.  (Note to self, next time, make notes of the various people we meet so I can remember the stories better).  One of the things we all enjoy when backpacking here is the people you meet at camp.


The hike today was the usual in this part of the park with lots of wildflowers and abundant overgrowth on each side of the trail to the point you couldn't see where you were stepping.  However, it comes and goes so it's not too bad and the flora doesn't have that "stick-you stuff" nor are there things that rattle (bears and moose don't make sounds for the most part).  We crossed Kaina Creek that comes from Kaina Mountain to the northwest.  I got distracted by all the wildflowers as we hit prime and then you skirt the shore of Cosley Lake that you can see through the trees.  Taking the trail into camp is very crowded with very tall flora on both sides.  In fact, one time when I looked ahead I could barely see the other hikers' heads.

We set up our tents, hung out by the beach and then had lunch.... and then hung out by the beach for the entire afternoon.  I kept hoping we might see some wildlife but we had to be satisfied with the views and the wildflowers around camp.  Deborah attempted to get to the Bear Mountain Overlook but only got as far as the Cosley Crosscut where she encountered a large group of backpackers.  She wasn't sure where to go so she just came back with them.  She came and joined us at the beach where we were all admiring the colors of the rocks in the water and the remnants of the glacial action on the side of the mountain across from us.  We would also see a bit of Chief Mountain to our east and of course Kipp, Pyramid, Cathedral and part of Stoney Indian Peaks.  Cathedral had 3 major waterfalls coming down and the Mokowanis Cascades.  It was a great matinee.

Deborah had brot her suit so she went in for a swim.  She's used to cold Montana waters but Cosley Lake got her attention as she came out very wide-eyed.  Pretty soon it was time for Happy Hour and we wanted to finish off our vodka and rum plus our sausage and we had canned oysters as well.  We had brot crackers and cheese dip from Pak-It Gourmet along with two kinds of chips.  As people came around they were very impressed with our Happy Hour fare.  We ended up sharing chips and sausage with other hikers as we didn't want to carry it out.  We visited with everyone including a fellow that knew one of our classmates from Havre.

We really had a beautiful day.  We love Cosley and were so lucky to get the permit adjustment.  Come enjoy with us (I found the missing movies so re-did these): 
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