Saturday, July 5, 2014
Grizzly #2 and Other Adventures, June 30, 2014
We hop up on the road and cross to the north side of the park. Suddenly the habitat is completely different. In order to follow our creek, we must hike through marsh, periodically cross or jump over side streams (they're everywhere), and walk through thick brush. My voice soon becomes hoarse from singing and talking loudly to alert any bears of our presence.
Our plan was to hike up this stream and to a plateau where we could have a view of the big mountains of the park, but as we hike, thick, gray, foggy rain clouds move in low over the valley and completely block any visibility of mountains. We decide that in these conditions it's not worth going to the plateau. Instead we find the side stream we're planning to hike out on and set up camp early. We eat dinner in the freezing rain. I'm frustrated and feeling that it wasn't worth hiking out this way because we haven't seen much and it's been exhausting bushwhacking. But, it is another side of the park we haven't seen, we got to see harlequin ducks and several ptarmigan up close (and hear their funny call), and the green, lush mountains have their own sort of beauty, even if they suck to hike through.