Fall Gathering Agenda
Summit Mountain Lodge
Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00 to 10:00 Registration, Coffee, Meet & Greet
10:00 to 10:15 Welcome and Introductions
10:15 to 11:00 Policy Speaker: Forest Planning: Martin Nie
11:00 to 11:15 Break
11:15 to 12:00 Biological Speaker: David Mattson - Grizzly Bear Delisting
12:00 to 12:30 Break
12:30 to 1:30 Lunch
1:30 to 2:15 “State of the Badger”: Kendall Flint
2:15 to 2:30 : Break
2:30 to 3:30 Keynote Speaker: Stephen Legault
3:30 to 5:00 Social Hour
5:00 to 6:00 Auction
6:00 to 6:30 Break
6:30 to 7:30 Dinner
7:30 to 9:00 Music by John Floridis
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Hike in Badger-Two Medicine
Meet at Summit Mtn. Lodge 9am
More Complete Description below
Hall Creek: Led by Lou Bruno, GTMA co-founder; moderate intensity, 2 miles with moderate elevation gain
Elk Calf Mountain: Led by Kendall Flint, GTMA President; more-strenuous , but worth the trip!
Hall Creek Hike
Total (Round Trip) Mileage of Walk: ~ 7 miles
The difficulty level of this Walk is: Moderate
Hike Leader: Lou Bruno
This hike enters the stunning Badger-Two Medicine wildland from the entrance to the Rising Wolf Guest Ranch, west of East Glacier Park off US Hwy 2. We will follow Lewis & Clark Forest trails from the South Fork of the Two Medicine River to historic Hall Creek. After paralleling Hall Creek along an overlooking ridge, we will drop down and ford the creek, then climb briefly up a forested slope to the proposed Hall Creek oil well site. This wild landscape includes mixed forest, open meadows, and river canyon. Natural beauty, native plant and wildlife habitat, Blackfeet cultural history, panoramic views of Glacier National Park and the Badger-Two Medicine wildland, and stories galore await hikers on this special trip. These delights are contrasted with fading scars of prior ATV use and the specter of potential oil and gas development of this area. Previous hikers here have been rewarded with grizzly tracks and views of distant grazing grizzly bear and elk. The hike is moderate foothill terrain. Consider bringing rain &/or snow gear, bear spray, and lunch.
2018 Elk Calf Mountain Hike
Total (Round Trip) Mileage of Walk: 4.5 miles, 1700 vertical feet (each way).
The difficulty level of this Walk is: Moderately-Strenuous
Hike Leader: Kendall Flint
This hike starts at the upper end of Pike Creek Road in Marias Pass. From the graveled road’s end, the trail initially rambles gently over the regrowth of an old and reclaimed logging road. After about a mile, we’ll leave the trail for a short bushwhack through alder, huckleberry, whortleberry and old deadfall timber upwards to the continental divide. From there the hike becomes a stunning (if windy!) ridge walk, steadily climbing a thousand feet along the great divide to our destination, the summit of Elk Calf Mountain.
Hikers can enjoy traversing widely-varied ecosystems, including sparse Lodgepole Pine and Douglass Fir forest, sub-alpine slopes covered with both long-burned and re-growing Limber Pine and Subalpine Fir, scattered huckleberry and sage and wildflowers, as well as rock- and scree-covered alpine slopes and ridgelines. Weather permitting, we’ll take a break at the summit to snack, nap, admire the circumferential and panoramic vistas across the Badger-Two Medicine Wildland, the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex, and into Glacier National Park before re-tracing our steps to the trailhead. Raw natural beauty, native plant and wildlife habitat, stories and companionship await hikers on this special trip. Previous hikers have been rewarded with grizzly tracks, views of grazing elk and moose, various birds, sparse wildflowers, tasty berries, and glorious views. The hike is moderately-strenuous. Prepare for sun, wind, rain or snow, pack bear spray, water, and a good lunch.