The aptly named Crowfoot Glacier can best be appreciated from north of Bow Lake . From the viewpoint, 17 kilometers (10.6 miles) north of Hector Lake, it is easy to see how this and other glaciers are formed. It sits on a wide ledge near the top of Crowfoot Mountain, from where its glacial “claws” cling to the mountain’s steep slopes. The retreat of this glacier has been dramatic. Only 50 years ago, two of the claws extended to the base of the lower cliff.