by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)
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lake isabel is beautiful, but very remote. definitely take the two medicine pass route - the landscape is very different than the rest of the park and worth the long trip.
We hiked from Two Medicine Camp ground to Upper Park Creek on day one - then on to Lake Isabel the next day. We made the return trip all in one day. We left on July 6 but there was still a lot of snow pack via the Two Medicine pass route. It required one to walk over a creek buried under the snow a few times, though we did not realize that until our return trip 6 days later when most of the snow had melted. Wind and sleet greeted us as we walked across the continental divide. We stopped there for lunch – then back to work. The decent from the divide to Upper Park creek had about 20-30 trees fallen across the trail since the rangers had not yet made it that deep after Winter to clear the trails.
We very much enjoyed the remoteness of this area. A very large bull moose walked up to our tents at the Upper Park Creek camp ground during our first night and we later photographed a bear at the Lake Isabel camp ground. The first day there we fished a lot to supplement our meals. After that, it rained and was cold and no one else in my party was interested in fishing, and I chose not to fish by myself. Our first day fishing we caught 22 lake trout that were keepers. My first cast showed how hungry those fish were to bite my spinner as 4 fish followed the spinner up to the shore line and one bit it as I tried to take the lure out of the water. I think our next 10 casts resulted in 6-8 keepers.
While cleaning the fish a couple hundred yards from the campsite a little frog visited me and would not stop hugging my finger for warmth (I took pics). I’d set it two feet aside and it would constantly hop and swim back to me and hug my index finger.
If you have any reason to start your trip from the west coast, take the train to East Glacier and back to add to the enjoyment of the trip.
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