|The flank of Mount Morgan on Dawson-Pitamakin traverse|
|Cousin Martin Suarez takes a scenic break|
|Katie descends from Pitamakin Pass into Dry Fork drainage|
It was a second time in three weeks for Headquarters Pass in the Front with my cousin Mary and her son Mark from Minnesota, and then the Dawson-Pitamakan loop in Glacier National Park that included my wife, Katie.
Headquarters Pass is always satisfying. We did it mid-week, yet saw more people than I had ever seen on this jaunt. Many were guests at Nature Conservancy’s Pine Butte Swamp Guest Ranch and we also met some guys who were dayhiking after a trek through the Bob Marshall.
|Cousins Martin Suarez and his mother, Mary McCartney at Headquarters Pass in Front|
What’s great about Dawson-Pitamakan is its views of the remote Nyack country, with Mounts Phillips and Stimson looming to the south and west. And, there are alpine sections where you walk ledge and cliff tops high above the valley floor, dotted with high mountain lakes.
There are several opportunities to climb nearby peaks along the way.
While waiting for my hiking companions to catch up I climbed the twin tops of Mount Helen directly south on the ridgeline from Dawson Pass, a 1,000 foot plus gainer. McClintock would have been easily climbable from near Cut Bank Pass, Mount Morgan a bit more problematic, but doable, and Rising Wolf a possibility.