We are planning to camp and hike in the Island Lake Campground area this August. While we know this is grizzly country, and we will take all the necessary precautions with regard to bear spray, noise while hiking, not hiking alone, food prep/storage, etc, does anyone have a feel for these questions?
How safe is it to tent camp here? (vs RV)
How likely are we to run into a grizzly when hiking?
Am I crazy to take my kids here due to bear danger? (ages 10, 12)
In the late '80's, I hiked all over the alpine wilderness adjacent to the Beartooth Hwy and never saw a bear. However, do I understand correctly that the bear population has increased substantially over the last 30 years?