May 3, 2012 road
open to vehicles into Many Glacier.
NPS Trail Crew Report
Trail clear for first 4.3 miles. Two stream crossing bridges are in 7/5/12
Trail clear of trees and snow for first 3.5 miles. Windmaker Creek Suspension bridge installed. After bridge, trail 100% snow covered, 6/6/12
Trail from Redrock Falls to Bullhead Lake 70% snow covered, 5/19/12
NPS Trail Crew Report 8-9-11
TRAIL POSTING: Red Rock Falls Trail for bears 8/8/11
This trail was very bear active, when I hiked it on July 28, 2011, I saw a cinnamon colored brown bear that appeared to be about two years old. Other hikers saw a grizzly bear walking down the trail away from them. The bear activity was concentrated that day near and just past the intersection for FisherCap Lake.
Lots of wildflowers at their peak on the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail between Many Glacier trailhead and the foot of Swiftcurrent Mountain.
As of July 28, 2011 Redrock Falls Trail which is the easy first section of the SwiftCurrent Pass Trail is completely clear of snow all the way to the base of Swiftcurrent Mountain and then up for about a 1,000 feet. A few small muddy in spots but not bottomless like the Avalanche Trail. The level of Red Rock Lake has fallen considerably since mid June of this year. On June 15, 2011 the beach at Red Rock Lake was under water and Redrock Falls is running full out. Photo below is of the Lower section of Redrock Falls in a much drier time.
Redrock Falls is @ 1.8 miles from the trailhead at the Swiftcurrent parking lot next to the Many Glacier Campground. It's another couple of miles to the base of Swiftcurrent Mountain, after Redrock Falls the trail climbs slightly to two small unnamed lakes and then continues on to Bullhead Lake.
Bull moose resting next to Bullhead Lake.
After about four miles the The Swiftcurrent Pass Trail starts to climb steeply I don't expect it to be safely passable until August 2011. The mountaineering crowd has stated to use the trial but at this time it requires much more then plain hiking skills!
The Swiftcurrent Pass Trail when it starts climbing at the end of Many Glacier Valley was badly damaged during the November floods in 2006. Some spots on this trail after the first couple of switchbacks are pretty scary. Don't go past a few switchbacks if your afraid of heights and narrow trails. Redrock Falls is @ 1.8 miles from the trailhead at the Swiftcurrent parking lot next to the Many Glacier Campground. It's another couple of miles to the base of Swiftcurrent Mountain, after Redrock Falls the trail climbs slightly to two small unnamed lakes and then continues on to Bullhead Lake. Up to this point this is a easy trail, that changes dramatically if you continue up to Swiftcurrent Pass. If your feeling energetic you can continue up the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail for three or four switchbacks to get a better view of the valley. The photo shown below while not at Swiftcurrent Pass was taken from a rocky ledge which marks the end of the steep climb from Many Glacier Valley. Redrock Falls to the spot this photo was taken is @ 5 miles with an elevation gain of 2,300 feet. I hiked from The Loop up to Granite Park Chalet & then Swiftcurrent Pass to get to this rocky overhang. Don't think I will ever hike this from Many Glacier as the trail is basically straight up for 2,300 feet. The lakes from top to bottom are Lake Sherbourne (reservoir), Swiftcurrent Lake, Redrock Lake, two unnamed lakes and finally Bullhead Lake.