Shaking in my boots... Well, not quite, but if there's such a thing as a white-knuckler hike, it was this one. What started out as a ranger-led hike to Iceberg Lake became ranger-less after a couple of miles as our guide turned back due to a foot injury. This is grizzly country, plain and simple. It would have at least seemed a little more secure if our group had managed to stay together, but there was always some moron falling behind for photographic reasons and then having to hustle to catch up. We split up once we reached trail's end, and I nervously made the return hike accompanied only by a can of bear spray. A great hike with spectacular scenery, even if I probably didn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked. Two or three hikers spotted distant bears; I was happy seeing several moose.
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