|Mike McCartney hiking on Iceberg Lake trail in Glacier|
|My cousin Mike had never crossed snowfields before.|
In the Front there were short trips to Devil's Glen on the Dearborn River and the Ear Mountain Outstanding Natural Area Trail on the Teton River.
We ran into all kinds of weather, ranging from snow at Logan Pass that closed the Going to the Sun Highway last Wednesday to extremely hot and bright on the Iceberg Trail.
There still is significant snow in the high country here, but it is going fast.
We saw nothing on the northeast face of Ear Mountain, which often holds snowfields into mid-summer, but Iceberg Lake was frozen over.
The occasion for our Glacier trip was a visit from my cousin Michael McCartney and his wife, Joie, from the Chicago area, who are on a multi-month "retirement" tour. They have never done this level of hiking.
|Cuter than cute bighorn lambs we encountered on the way up Scenic Point in Glacier's Two Med area.|
|Enjoying Devil's Glen in proposed Scapegoat addition.|
The planned flight for the media was marred by low clouds that blocked views.
But, the skies cleared for the 7-mile round trip walk into Devil's Glen where EchoFlight pilot Bruce Gordon accompanied us.
The Devil's Glen is where the Dearborn is squeezed into narrow cascades that roar down a beautiful limestone canyon just below Steamboat Mountain.
The Great Falls Tribune reporter Erin Madison and photographer Rion Sanders went with us on the trip that I led.
|Me, my wife, Joie McCartney and cousin Mike from Chicago at Iceberg Lake.|
I was particularly pleased that flat-landers Mike and Joie did so well on the hikes.
|Nancy Clark of Great Falls approachingScenic Point above Two Medicine Lake|
After a day of collecting ourselves Sunday we went to the Ear Mountain Outstanding Area below that Rocky Mountain Front landmark and walked the trail that covers 4.2 miles roundtrip and rises 1,010 feet.
The area was redolent with wildflowers, both of the prairie and mountain varieties.
It takes the hiker from a trailhead on the South Fork of the Teton River to Yeager Flat through foothills, around a large, colorful cliff band, forest, a burn, a swamp. Ear Mountain is in the near distance where the trail ends.
This is where a traditional climb of the mountain begins, but all but the south side route are visible from here.
Hikers are treated to gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountain Front's Choteau, Wind and Cave mountains.
|Ear Mountain from the trail ending Yeager Flats.|
|A view of Wind and Cave mountains from Ear Mountain Outstanding Area Trail|