|The red rocks abound in the Dry Fork valley (Gordon Whirry photos)|
|Flinsch Peak towers over Old Man Lake|
|On the shelf between Morgan and Flinsch peaks|
I think it is the best hike in Glacier.
It is a traverse around the park's most massive mountain, Rising Wolf, in the middle of the Two Medicine valley.
It is a long and robust hike: about 3,800 feet of elevation gained on an 18 mile route that threads two high passes in the park: Dawson and Pitamakan.
I've done it both ways, but think I like going up the Dry Fork Valley and through Pitamakan first and then Dawson because it is an easier grade.
The four miles between the two passes is on a high, alpine trail that clings to the west faces of Flinsch and Morgan mountains.
From on high it is possible to see 9 different alpine lakes, including lakes in the Dry Fork, Cut Bank Creek, Nyack and Two Med valleys.
We passed an amazing huckleberry crop well into the Dry Fork/Pitamakan portion of the hike.
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|The lakes below Pitamakan Pass|
|Enjoying a moment on a ledge|
|Above the Nyack Valley|