Mokowanis River - Stoney Indian Pass

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Mokowanis River - Stoney Indian Pass is a 27.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near East Glacier, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

27.6 miles
3851 feet
Point to Point





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1 month ago

Beautiful. I did the east part with and ascent to the Stony Indian Ridge as the pass was closed for snow (early June).

Conditions: Clear until Mokowanis Lake (last campground). After that lot of fallen trees (~40), mud-slided trail, missing/broken bridges - the ford after Atsina Lake has a strong stream, especially in the afternoon snow melt. Above Atsina Lake it's all snow, pretty stiff in early June, gaters are enough.

Base camp in Gable Campground (6 miles from the Grand Chief trailhead at the Canadian border).

First night:
Get to Gable.

Second day:
Walk swiftly to Atsina Lake (3h). Scramble up stones left after a stream of melted snow (to don't step on flora). Traverse below a sub-ridge of Stony Indian Ridge, mountaineer up class 3 (steps), there is a little of easy rock climbing in the end.
Enjoy the view from the ridge, hold tight before the 4000ft east wall.
If you've an ice axe, just go swiftly down on snow.
Have a well deserved dinner.

Third day:
Hike back 6miles in the morning. It can get really muddy after rain.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

This is a beautiful trail in one of the remoter parts of Glacier. The trailhead is right near the Canadian border crossing. The trail initially is kind of boring as you zig zag down to the Belly River. There are some creek crossings along the way that--depending on the season--will get your feet wet early on. If you start in the afternoon, you can easily make it to the Belly River Ranger station where there is also a campground. It tends to be pretty full and much used because it is so manageable to reach. If you continue on, it is worth it to at least reach Cosley Lake. That campground is very nice with stunning views. To that point, there has not been much elevation gain. There was some down from the trailhead and then some minor ascent to Cosley Lake. From Cosley back past Glenns, it is pretty flat and easy. Both the Glenn's Foot and Head campsites are really nice. There is also Mokowanis Junction.

From Glenn Lake to Stoney Indian pass is all ascent. There are beautiful views of waterfalls to stir you on. At the top, there is a great view and one of the best sited pit toilets in the world. The GNP trail crew do an excellent job maintaining the trail.

Friday, July 05, 2013

This is a must do trail. add it to your bucket list.. you will not be disappointed. Just be ready for bear sightings