Pitamakan Dawson loop
Pitamakan Dawson is probably the one real loop hike in the park with almost 20 miles of distance. I wasn't happy with the pics that I took and I tend to blame the fact that I was so excited to hike it.
You see, this was a bucket list hike for me. I tried to hike it a year earlier, but that was the time I arrived to the park when the GTTSR road was closed for days due to the Reynolds fire. I actually had reservations for the Rising Sun motel, but the fire forced it to be closed and I had to scramble to find other places to stay. I remember arriving to the trailhead and seeing the sign that the trail was closed due to another fire in the area that was close to jumping a peak that protected the trail. So, I had to hike Scenic peak instead.
Anyway, getting to the Pitamakan pass you hike next to Oldman lake, protected by a peak (see above) and the moment you arrive, you know it since it is incredibly windy. You have nice views of a valley below (see left), while trying to avoid being blown away by the wind.
That valley is a backpack route towards the Cut Bank area.
From Pitamakan pass to Dawson pass, you have views of a large valley to your right and constant wind, all the time. It makes the hike a lot colder than it should be, so you are on your toes and on the move constantly.