July 31 to Aug 4
On Friday (July 31) we were lucky and found a nice forest service campground near Marias Pass, called Summit Pass Campground just south of Glacier National Park. The east entrance was closed due to a fire in Glacier park, so we decided to bypass the park on this trip. On Sunday we decided to head up north toward Eureka, which is just south of the Canadian border, and follow the scenic highway 37, which follows the shore of Lake Koocanusa. As we started out in the morning there was a little smoke in the distance which we believed was from the fire in Glacier. However, the further north and west we got, the heavier the smoke got. By the time we got to Eureka, it was so smoky you could hardly see the mountains. The drive along the lake was very disappointing because it was obviously very pretty with turquoise water against a pretty mountain background, but all we could see was smoke. We headed on south through Libby and found a really nice campground at Bull Lake (Bad Medicine Campground) . We found out that the smoke was from the fires in Washington, Oregon, and northern California. On Monday, we continued on south through Thompson Falls, and on toward Missoula. We ended the day in an awesome campground near Sula called Warm Springs Campground. The campground was very quiet with only the sound of a creek in the background. We plan to head over toward Hebgen Lake near Yellowstone tomorrow (Wednesday).
Yes we carry the bear spray while hiking in the woods here!