montana

  1. Jackson

    Mid-July in the Missions

    July 15-17, 2022 This was originally going to be a trip to the Bob Marshall Wilderness, but circumstances rendered it so we didn't have enough time. You need probably 3 nights minimum for a decent trip in there. So we re-set our sights on the Mission Mountains nearby. Where we went is probably...
  2. John Goering

    Pioneer Mountains, Montana <50" UTV trip

    This was a "beat the rush" 3 day Labor Day outing on Birch Creek North of Dillon, Montana (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Mountains_). Contrary to the usual Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest travel plans, the Pioneers appear to have been neglected thus far. We did not find any...
  3. chandlerwest

    Glacier Nat'l Park - "The Collector"

    I probably have alluded to this previously but I am proudly declaring it today. I am a "Collector" of Glacier National Park trail miles. Circumstances, desire and life events have blessed me with the opportunity to visit Glacier over a 39 years period. I solely day hike so accumulating miles...
  4. John Goering

    Boulder Lakes, Tobacco Root Mountains

    A few last summer photos from two Jeep trips up Dry Boulder Creek (out of Twin Bridges, MT), the first early August and the second a couple weeks later. The destination was Upper and Lower Boulder Lakes. There was a lot of smoke for the first trip and quite a bit less for the second. Southwest...
  5. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains South Meadow Creek

    Another Jeep camping trip from last year. This one was up FS 1221 to South Meadow Creek Lake for overnight and then FS 9649 past the Missouri-McKee mine workings and out on top near the summit of South Baldy Mountain. Camp at South Meadow Lake. South Meadow Creek Lake. Tram tower that...
  6. John Goering

    50" RZR to REDACTED and REDACTED

    My wife and I bought a 2016 RZR 900 EPS Trail several years back to use on BLM/FS 50" designated trails. It got severely baptized shortly after purchase and I spent most of the following winter modifying it into something that actually works. Fast forward to the present with my wife quickly...
  7. Jackson

    Fourth of July Fireworks Avoidance

    July 4-5, 2022 For the past 3 years, we've gone camping or backpacking around the 4th of July so we don't have to listen to our dog Penny barking at fireworks all night. It's really nice to get a reprieve from all the noise, and what's more American than enjoying solitude on public land? We...
  8. chandlerwest

    Glacier Nat'l Park - BCP Fix

    I don't have much of a story to tell and I sort of overdosed on taking pictures on this trip (983) that I wasn't going to do a trip report. But this morning my responsibility to BCP came to me. For six years I have been your supplier of your Glacier National Park fix. I just can't cut you off...
  9. Jackson

    Quick day hike in the Montana Absarokas

    June 26, 2022 We've been doing day hikes and trails runs once or twice a week for the past little bit and I thought I'd share the most recent one. This was a little 6 mile loop a bit under an hour from us in the far northern end of the Absarokas. Great lower elevation hike for early summer. We...
  10. Jackson

    Hearst Lake

    October 16, 2021 Jessica and I spent a weekend in Anaconda back in mid-October so she could attend a yoga retreat at a nearby hot springs resort and so I could go hiking while she was there. We had been to Anaconda a few times in the past but had never gotten out to the mountains nearby. She...
  11. Jackson

    A Late Summer Summit Trip

    August 28-29, 2021 This is an area I'd been really wanting to get to for at least five years. I had planned a 4-night route that would encompass it back in 2018, but it didn't work out. My friend and I drove all the way up there, got 1/4 mile in, and had to turn around because the altitude plus...
  12. Jackson

    Hollow Top Lake

    August 14-15, 2021 It had been over a month since my last trip, so I was getting the itch to get out backpacking again. I also wanted to attempt to stay in shape for two other trips planned for a bit later. So my dog Penny and I went for a quick Saturday-Sunday overnighter to the Hollow Top...
  13. scatman

    Gneiss Creek - Yellowstone National Park - September 8, 2021

    I spent eleven days in Yellowstone in order to complete two back-to-back, four day backpacking trips, along with a couple of nifty day hikes thrown in for good measure. This report is about my first trip for four days into the Gneiss Creek area of the Park. Day 1 - 4.3 miles to campsite WA1...
  14. chandlerwest

    Glacier Nat'l Park - August 2021 (Fulfillment of a Dream)

    As previously shared I have spent the better part of 35 years visiting Glacier National Park. As a day hiker I am limited to how far into the park I can reach. But I have still managed to hike over 300 miles of its trails. The Middle Fork of the Flathead River provides a natural barrier to...
  15. scatman

    Beartooth Wilderness - Flat Rock Lake Lollipop Loop - July 26, 2021

    The Beartooth Wilderness has been on my bucket list for years now, but I could never seem to fit it into my backpacking schedule. This past fall, I made a commitment that I would check it off of my list this summer. My route was to begin at the Island Lake Trailhead, which is located just off...
  16. Jackson

    Fourth of July Overnighter

    July 4-5, 2021 @Jessica and I met up with our friend Andrew for a quick overnighter this past weekend. It was also our first backpacking trip with our 10 month old Australian shepherd, Walter. Part of the reason we wanted to go was to get the dogs away from town where they'd be startled by...
  17. LarryBoy

    A Greater Yellowstone Loop - 2020

    I know most of us don't really want to relive the debacle that was 2020, but this was actually a highlight of an otherwise terrible year. As spring turned to summer and it became that my planned PCT hike wasn't happening, I made other plans. Those plans involved long-distance hiking, but in a...
  18. Yvonne

    Sky Rim Trail, Yellowstone, August 6, 2020

    This is by far my favorite trail in the park. I had this trail for years on my radar and finally made it happen. The views on top of Sky Rim are superb and the entire 20-miles hike with roughly 5,000 feet of elevation gain going along the high ridges of Sky Rim offered an experience I haven't...
  19. Mountain Wanderer

    Cedar Lakes Loop in Montana's Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

    We started on this route on a Monday and so we were not expecting to see anyone.... That all changed at the trailhead when we saw a couple campers and a day hiker. That's just the way it has been this year. Jessie from the YouTube Channel HYOY-WU invited me on this trip through the Cabinet...
  20. hikeer

    Beartooths - Island Lake to the Beaten Path

    My daughter and I spent six days in the Beartooths in early August hiking from Island Lake cross country, eventually intersecting the Beaten Path, which we followed North as far as Impasse Falls, then back out the Path to the Clarks Fork trailhead. Flew into Billings on Wednesday late...

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