Aug 14, 2010 at 11:36 am #1262226
Gabe PBPL Member
Several years ago I climbed to the top of Stuart Peak in the Rattlesnake National Wilderness Area, mostly because I was bored and it was close by. I didn’t think I’d find anything worth revisiting.
After hiking throughout the lower eight miles of the Rattlesnake for several years, I was convinced that the area was great for quick hikes but it wasn’t worth backpacking into. I was wrong, which I learned the day I hiked up to Stuart Peak. What I saw up there were two beautiful lakes (i.e., Twin Lakes) and miles of good-sized mountains.
In Late July, I decided to finally head up to Stuart’s Peak again, to see what else was out there. I’m glad I did. It’s beautiful out there.
top half of the map
on the way up to Stuart Peak
abundance of rain this year made for some great flowers
detour to Glacier Lake
up to Sanders Lake
North of Sanders Lake
kept getting better
like the sky was on fire
stream coming out of Sheridan Lake
up to Big Lake
McKinley Lake again
and now back to the bottom 8 miles
Montana has a lot to offer, even if you aren't willing to drive a few miles to get away from the larger cities…Aug 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm #1637459
Philip DelvoieBPL Member
@philipdLocale: Ontario, Canada
Very nice. Definitely looks like some beautiful country.Aug 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm #1637481
Ken T.BPL Member
Very nice. Looks like you had it all to yourself too. Thanks for posting.Aug 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm #1637504
Ronald GrothBPL Member
thanks for the photos. this is they type of posts I enjoy! the outdoors in its simplicity!Aug 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm #1638143
Gabe PBPL Member
thanks Ken… I actually didn't see anyone the whole time, except along the final four miles on the way back to the trail head.Aug 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm #1638203
Chris JonesBPL Member
I have to ask… did you see (or hear) any rattlesnakes?
Great sunset pics, by the way…Aug 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm #1638214
@davecLocale: The West Slope
The 'snake is great to have in the backyard. I've to go backpacking, but spend lots of time mountain biking and skiing there. Gabriel's pictures show the ski terrain nicely.
Never seen a snake, much less a rattler there. Last month our riding group did unintentionally tree a black bear cub (and confused mama), and I had a close encounter with a moose and calf climbing Woods Gulch two years ago.Aug 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm #1638259
Tom ClarkBPL Member
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Wow, there were a lot of lakes in your trip report! Thanks for sharing.
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