|The classic view of Little Dog and Summit mountains at Three Bears Lake near Marias Pass|
|Into an scenic bottom|
|Our group framed by an aspen grove|
|We passed many areas like this that tantalized with their telemark potential|
It is one of my favorite backcountry skis for its breathtaking scenery and variety.
It is an all-day trip and route-finding is required because snow covers some trail markers. I'd advise taking this trip after fresh powder. It can be treacherous when icy or after a rainfall. There are about 2,000 feet of elevation gained and there are uncountable number of drainage crossings, requiring much up and down. There are several robust climbs, such as to the top of Railroad Creek. This means there are also substantial downhill runs, which can be tricky on icy trails. The scenery is the incomparable Glacier scenery that starts at the foot of Summit and Little Dog mountains at Marias Pass. There are open slopes that will tantalize the tele skier.
I've done this run every couple of years over the past 30 years, mainly with friends from East Glacier Park.
Unfortunately, Saturday we skied after a rainfall and the route was very icy and, I think, somewhat dangerous.