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Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail
From the trail just north of Ptarmigan Tunnel. Elizabeth Lake, a very popular backcountry camping spot, is in the lower left, with the wild country of the Belly River further to the north. Take note of the small snow patch near the middle of the photo. Just below and to the left of that point (enlarge photo and look for the shaded retaining wall), a tongue of scree streams down through the bright red rock; an exciting route leads up that scree, and includes a goat trail traverse along a steep cliff face. The goat trail ends near desolate Redgap Pass, where Seward Mountain can be easily climbed.

21 July 2008

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FlatheadNativeLeft or right?

FlatheadNative

Voted 10/10

Do you mean below and to the right of the snow? I do not see a shaded retaining wall to the left of the snowbank nor do I see a scree slope. It the location between the shaded retaining wall and the snow field?
Posted Jan 27, 2013 8:47 am

distressbarkRe: Left or right?

distressbark

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Hey Blake -

If you enlarge the photo, you can make out the retaining wall below and to the left of the snowbank. There's some scree just above and to the right of that stretch of wall (not very prominent) that I've twice used to access this route. The much more prominent scree field you are referring to (between the shaded retaining wall and the snowfield) leads to impassable cliffs.

It really is challenging to tell what I'm talking about by looking at this photo. Like many routes in GNP, it becomes much more obvious when you are actually on the trail.
Posted Jan 28, 2013 12:00 pm

FlatheadNativeRe: Left or right?

FlatheadNative

Voted 10/10

Thanks. Now I see it thanks. I was looking at the first shadowed wall and did not see the second. I am doing this route this summer. I appreciate the help.
Posted Jan 28, 2013 11:50 pm

distressbarkRe: Left or right?

distressbark

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I figured that, good luck!
Posted Jan 30, 2013 1:29 pm

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