Maybe they could count you for their Scavenger Hunt!
Were they impressed to meet you?
I think the cubs were very surprised to meet me, because they both scampered up trees very quickly! I didn't stick around long enough to know whether mama was impressed or not.
I was only about 5 min jog from the campground HQ when I saw them, and yet they said at the ranger station that they've never had bears at the campground. So it could be the bears haven't realized there's tons of tasty food just a short ramble away!
...and there I was, just about to enquire as to how each of the Three Bears prefers their porridge :)
Was that at your northern turnaround, or the western one? I'm guessing northern.
Yep, the northern. Continuing north on the trail past the bears seemed like it would be ok. The issue was that I was going to have to come back through the area 10 minutes later, and who knows if mama and cubs were still going to be on the same side of the trail.