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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. GarrettM

    Attempted Summit of El Capitan - Montana, Bitterroot National Forrest

    In mid-August of this year, I made a trip to the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana to hike El Capitan. I set aside 8 days for this hike and planned to go slow and enjoy the scenery. I made it to Little Rock Creek Lake the first night and set up camp there. The next morning I set...
  12. chandlerwest

    Glacier National Park - August 2019

    With @Jeffrey Chandler going off to college and the uncertainty of his future, and the affect this transition will have on my life, we have been looking at this trip as possibly being the last arrow in the quiver. We wanted to make it a GRAND adventure. Our preliminary plans were so exhausting...
  13. misSOULa

    Six days in the Bob Marshall Wilderness: The Chinese Wall and White River

    Six Days. 65+ miles. Two mountain passes. Two bears in camp. Lots of weather. Lots of solitude. Some pain. Some triumph. We beat the mosquitoes and the crowds at the cost of more snow. My brother Eric and I got to create new friendships with @Mountain Wanderer and @Joey along this...
  14. Jon Carbaugh

    Yellowstone, Wildlife and Slough Creek May 23 to 26th

    My wife and I have made it an annual tradition to take an early trip to Yellowstone in May. This year we were planning to spend 2 or 3 nights up Slough Creek with @Joey if we could. However, with the weather forecast calling for a winter storm for the northern part of the park from the...
  15. MikeM

    Ski Mountaineering the Highland Mountains, MT

    This report is from a few weeks ago, but I am just now getting a chance to put all the photos together. A friend of mine had never been to the Highland Mountain lookout, so we've been talking about taking a trip up there for a while now. In the summer you can drive to within 1.5 miles of the...
  16. MikeM

    El Capitan, Bitterroot Mountains, MT 08.19.2018

    This is my first trip report here, hope you enjoy. Last week a friend sent me a message asking if I could get out for a hike this weekend. We had been trying to hook up for a while, but family and work obligations kept getting in the way. As luck would have it, we were both free Sunday, so we...
  17. scatman

    Electric Peak and Sportsman Lake, Yellowstone National Park - August 9, 2018

    @Artemus and his wife Becky graciously invited my family to join them on their backpacking trip across the Gallatin Range in the northwest quadrant of Yellowstone National Park. The trip would include summiting Electric Peak and staying at Sportsman Lake. While my wife was unable to join in, my...
  18. Scott Chandler

    The Chandler Family Get Together in Glacier 2018: Day 1

    August 4th 2018 Despite the Chandler Family Glacier Trip being a bi-annual affair for a few years now, its also been those few years that I have been working as a seasonal ranger during the summer. I was pretty psyched to finally get the chance to go back. So far it seems to be the one perk...
  19. P

    Beartooths, Becker Lake

    For the third year in a row, we did a librarian hike. We're down to two of us, but we still went for our three day hike. This year Nancy wanted to get back to a spot where she had hiked with her son, Becker Lake, so off we went. The trailhead is at Island Lake, on the Beartooth Highway. We...
  20. J

    The Bob

    Hopefully you guys don't mind me digging back in the archives a bit. I want to get some of my trips posted so you guys know me better. My son and I did a packrafting trip in the Bob Marshall Wilderness with a friend of ours back in 2014. Our route was a 115 mile loop with about 65 miles hiking...

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