N 48° 59.921 W 113° 54.365
BCP353 - WLNP
After a short hunt for the trailhead in the townsite, TIE and I got all of our gear together and we hit the trail shortly after 10:30 am. During the first few kilometres of the hike we passed numerous individuals taking pictures along the trail.
After leaving the main trail to continue our journey up the lake to the border, we encountered a shady well maintained trail. As we were traveling up the trail TIE mentioned how quickly things seemed to be going and I was in complete agreement. Not more than a few minutes later and less than a kilometre from our target, we encountered a fully grown black bear that also appreciates this well maintained trail. We slowly took out our bear spray, made lots of noise, and retreated back up the trail.
After several minutes we hoped that our trail mate had decided to move along with all of the noise we were making. So we headed back up the trail to find him not that many metres away rambling up the trail in our direction. We repeated our retreat, and decided that this cap should wait for another trip.
So we headed back up the trail to the parking lot and 200 - 300 metres later we encountered another bear (turns out it was likely the same bear that obviously knew of a short cut) which made our decision to head for the border an easier one. Fortunately this was our last encounter of the day with our rambling trail mate.
The balance of the hike was uneventful as we captured some amazing pictures and simply enjoyed the experience - TFTH, cap, and adventure - the picture is on the way!