Family in Montana Encounters a Grizzly on Steep Mountainside. See What Happens Next

Written by Angie Menjivar
Published: August 10, 2022
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The Highline Trail in Montana is an incredibly scenic hiking trail that attracts a variety of outdoor enthusiasts who don’t shy away from the challenges it presents. It’s a 14.9-mile trail and on average, takes about seven hours to complete. Many people visit to hike, backpack, and camp in the area.

This family was excited to take in the spectacular Montana views on a narrow trail with a sheer cliff edge. In their minds, it was just going to be a short stroll. The first image you see in the video is a shot of said short stroll. It’s quite an adventurous walk. There’s a green rope those venturing on can hold on to—but that’s it. One misstep and that’s your last walk.

If a bear approaches you, it’s important to look as large as possible, act and sound intimidating, and never run away.


Family Encounters Grizzly

The family had to separate at one point because three of them didn’t have the appropriate shoes. Left behind were the dad and his boys. He intended to capture some photos. The backdrop was stunning, and he was able to get a few great shots. They stopped again for one last photo.

Just as they turn to head back onto the trail and get to their car where the rest of their family is waiting, he spots a grizzly on the same, narrow trail. He shows a photo of the grizzly—gorgeous backdrop as he said but a grizzly is not an animal you want to encounter, especially on such a dangerous trail.

The father and sons got louder and started moving away, keeping their calm. The bear was a bit hesitant but slowly moved toward them. The family kept being loud and the bear decided to turn around and head back the way it came.

Realizing he was in a slightly better position, he picked up his camera and started recording. “Problem is, this is a blind corner!” he says as he films over to the ledge where the bear went. His hands are shaking, making the footage shaky.

“Your mom is not going to believe this!” he says to the boys.

They eventually spot the grizzly again away from the trail. He keeps recording as it makes its way down one a mountainside.

Luckily for this family, the encounter was brief and there were no injuries. Now it’s become a great story with video evidence to share.

Danger on a cliffside on The Highline Trail in Montana.

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About the Author

Angie is a writer with over 10 years of experience developing content for product and brand reviews, focusing much of her time on animals of all types. A cat owner herself, she enjoys writing articles on beloved pets that both inform and entertain her audience.

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