Mileage: Red Rock Canyon 1 mile, Blakiston Falls 3.2 miles, Bullhead Lake 6.2 miles
I wish we had had one more day in Canada and Waterton, for, of course, the day that we left for Montana and Glacier National Park was a beautiful one.
As we were leaving the Prince of Wales hotel, the staff suggested two very short walks that were not far from the hotel and would fit into our trip back to the US, to the area of Many Glacier within Glacier National Park. Just as we were driving away from the hotel, and much to our surprise, a bear sauntered across the road right in front of us!
We took their suggestion and soon stopped at a car park along the Red Rock Canyon Parkway to locate the trailhead for both walks. There was no doubt as to why the canyon was named “Red Rock”.
This short trail took us up one side of the canyon’s stream, across a bridge and back down the other side. An impressive sight was the mountain, Anderson Peak, towering above us.
The trailhead for the second, short hike to Blakiston Falls was at the same carpark. This short, easy walk offered several stunning views, including one of Mount Blakiston.
Blakiston Falls was quite a torrent of water tumbling down the mountainside. A series of steps had been added so tourists could check out the falls.
Once back in the car we drove on to Montana, crossing the international border at Chief Mountain which we had crossed when driving into Canada several days before. At Many Glacier’s Swiftcurrent Lake, we were amazed at the beauty of this national park in the high mountains of northern Montana.
We checked into our motel at Many Glacier, the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, a clean and basic lodging. It had the advantage of putting us in the middle of fantastic hiking in every direction! We dropped off our belongings and immediately began exploring the area. We decided to walk to the base of Swiftcurrent Pass at Bullhead Lake. While on this hike, we passed three lakes, the first being Fishercap Lake.
For part of the hike, we walked with a woman who had decided to stop here to just read for the afternoon. We bid her goodbye and continued up the valley. A couple that was about fifty feet in front of us started to wave their arms wildly and told us to stop. They had just seen a grizzly bear in the bushes directly in front of us. Standing still and with hands on our bear spray, we kept up a chatter so as to not surprise the bear. After several minutes, the other hikers told us that the bear had retreated.
Reaching Red Rock Lake we were treated to the lovely Red Rock Falls.
Bullhead Lake, the largest of the lakes on this trail, was at the end of the valley. By the time we reached this lake, Swiftcurrent Pass was not far off but the day was getting late and we did not attempt it – although I wish we had.
On our return, we once again came upon the woman who had spent the day reading at Fishercap Lake. She could not wait to show us a video she had taken while watching activity in the lake as she enjoyed her peaceful afternoon. She had had a front-row seat watching several moose wading in the lake, oblivious to her presence. As I have mentioned previously, I always miss out on the moose sightings!