الأصدقاء • أبريل 2014
My buddy and I just did all of the hike roundtrip on April 2, 2014. The weather was predicted as only a 10% chance of snow the day before but it was 70% on that day. How did that happen? We sat out about 8:40 AM with about an an inch of new and light snow falling. The first 3rd is really easy but then it changes. The trail has many ups and downs with sheer drop offs to the river. That 1" of snow on mud made it extremely slippery and a little dangerous. The scenery is really dramatic and my neck is sore today from constantly looking up. 4 hours later we arrived at the end which is a bit of a letdown because it is a gate, fence and no trespassing signs posted by Montana Power. BTW Montana Power ceased to exist about 17 years ago. Are those signs now considered collectible antiques? We did sneak past the barricade just a bit but couldn't see anything different so returned to our side and had lunch. The snow had stopped and the sun was melting most of what had fallen. It was another 4 hour walk back to the car and it's not any easier even though you are going slightly downhill. We didn't see any wildlife but we did see lots of fresh dear and elk droppings. I usually figure on about a 2 mile per hour average hiking speed including sightseeing stops so I am calling this one a 16 mile moderate hike regardless of what the other sites say. I'm guessing about a 1500 to 2000 vertical gain and loss on the trail because of the ups and downs. We did not see anyone at all until the last few miles on our return. Overall a nice trip. BOB
كُتب بتاريخ 3 أبريل 2014
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