Archive for July 2013

Montana’s Beartooth Mountains – Installment 3   4 comments

After setting up camp and staying put, cooking dinner in the meadow, cleaning up and getting to bed, we all woke up leisurely and packed our sleeping bags, hammocks and tents back up.

While we were eating I asked my dad how he slept. “Fine” he said, “Except for that bear I saw last night.”

We all got wide-eyed and pressed him for details. He had been dozing and had to get up to water the flowers, so to speak. He unzipped the tent fly and started walking out of the wood toward the meadow where we’d made dinner. He looked up and fifty feet ahead of him a “huge damn bear” was sniffing around our cook spot under the full moon. He said it had to have been a grizzly because of its size, as big as a cow.

He backed up slowly and the bear took no notice of him, or if it had, it didn’t pay him any mind.

A bit of envy and some relief flowed through me upon hearing this. Bears are something you don’t want to see because of the perceived danger, but I still wish I’d seen the bear.

His story was supported a bit later when Ranger Jenny May came back around to check on things and break up the fire ring in the non-campsite we’d used. My dad told her about the bear-sighting and she said “Yep, that same bear was sniffing around my tent last night.” One night out and we’d already run into a grizzly.

Our second day on the trail brought another long hike from Rainbow Lake up to Dewey Lake. From Rainbow to Lake-at-Falls we’d had a pretty nice hike. Our party had been somewhat rejuvenated by the night of sleep and warm breakfast. But as the day wore on we pushed forward past Impasse Falls, past Twin Outlets Lake and on up to Dewey. The scenery along this stretch gets better and better and it would have been great to fish for Golden Trout in Twin Outlets and take a hike down underneath Impasse Falls. But, the day stretched out and we needed to make it to Dewey.

We finally made it, finding a good camping spot up on a knob. The boys caught more fish for dinner, this time Cutthroats, and we all made it to bed an hour earlier than we had the night before.

Another incredible day on the trail, with many waterfalls and amazing snowfields dotting the peaks.

Enjoy the photos!

 

Ready for another hike on the East Rosebud Trail

Ready for another hike on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Bode on the East Rosebud Trail

Bode on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Scenery above Rainbow Lake on the East Rosebud Trail

Scenery above Rainbow Lake on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Rainbow Lake from above on the East Rosebud Trail

Rainbow Lake from above on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Pushing up the East Rosebud Trail toward Lake-At-Falls

Pushing up the East Rosebud Trail toward Lake-At-Falls

 

Water falls at Lake-At-Falls

Water falls at Lake-At-Falls

 

Bode and Heron Duel on a bridge over a creek on the East Rosebud Trail

Bode and Heron Duel on a bridge over a creek on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Bode and Heron Duel on a bridge over a creek on the East Rosebud Trail

Bode and Heron Duel on a bridge over a creek on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Snowfields feed East Rosebud Creek

Snowfields feed East Rosebud Creek

 

Heron on the East Rosebud Trail

Heron on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Sharp peaks along the East Rosebud Trail

Sharp peaks along the East Rosebud Trail

 

Tom on the East Rosebud Trail

Tom on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Stephen on the East Rosebud Trail

Stephen on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Beautiful peaks along the East Rosebud Trail

Beautiful peaks along the East Rosebud Trail

 

More water falling down to East Rosebud Creek

More water falling down to East Rosebud Creek

 

Bode and Heron resting on their way up to Dewey Lake

Bode and Heron resting on their way up to Dewey Lake

 

Impasse Falls of East Rosebud Creek

Impasse Falls of East Rosebud Creek

 

 

 

 

Impasse Falls of East Rosebud Creek

Impasse Falls of East Rosebud Creek

 

Hiking along Impasse Falls on the East Rosebud Trail

Hiking along Impasse Falls on the East Rosebud Trail

 

A cataract of water falls below Twin Outlets Lake, East Rosebud Trail

A cataract of water falls below Twin Outlets Lake, East Rosebud Trail

 

Lovely Twin Outlets Lake on the East Rosebud Trail

Lovely Twin Outlets Lake on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Meadow Flowers begin to appear en masse on the East Rosebud Trail

Meadow Flowers begin to appear en masse on the East Rosebud Trail

 

Bode and Heron prepare to catch dinner at Dewey Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Bode and Heron prepare to catch dinner at Dewey Lake, East Rosebud Trail

 

Cutthroat supper from Dewey Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Cutthroat supper from Dewey Lake, East Rosebud Trail

 

Bode and Heron fish Dewey Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Bode and Heron fish Dewey Lake, East Rosebud Trail

 

Stephen's first-ever Cutthroat Trout, Dewey Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Stephen’s first-ever Cutthroat Trout, Dewey Lake, East Rosebud Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Montana’s Beartooth Mountains – Installment 2   2 comments

Here are pictures of our hike from East Rosebud Lake up to Rainbow Lake.

What had seemed reasonable at 9am that morning turned into a death march as the sun fell toward the west. The hike from  the trail head to the campsites on the west side of Rainbow Lake is eight miles. There is some significant elevation gain, nearly 2,000 feet, from East Rosebud Lake up to Rainbow Lake. Much of the upward climb is tempered by descents on the backsides of ridges, so actual elevation gain and lost is perhaps 3,000 feet.

But, we were all struck by the beauty around us and amazed that we were in such a place. The trail between East Rosebud Lake and Elk Lake is lined with berries. We had some ripe raspberries, but for those of you who might go in a week or two, you’ll have a real treat! Just watch out for bears munching berries right along with you.

We arrived, finally, at the far end of Rainbow Lake where a sign says “Remember, you must not camp within 200 feet of the water”, or some such thing. Well, we went right for a site that looked to have been a camping spot since the beginning of time, with nice trees from which to hang our hammocks, a fire pit, and water access.

Meanwhile the boys caught Rainbow Trout for supper, including a few large fish. Bode’s was eaten, and Heron’s was returned to the water. They were thrilled! Real Trout Fisherman!

Having set up camp in this lovely spot and contending with a little alpine sickness and serious fatigue, fish were cleaned and dinner was prepared in the meadow some distance from our sleeping area.

Ranger Jenny May stopped by to say hello and said “I’ll bet you guys know what I’m going to tell you…” We had no clue. Really. We were tired and could think of no rule we’d broken.

“You’re too close to the water and you’ll have to move your camp” she said. We all hung our heads and perhaps shed a few tears. Stephen and I proceeded to gather up our bags and begin hauling them into the woods. But Wes came to the rescue, saying that “you’re an EMT, you have to recognize that we could really get into trouble if we don’t get fed and get to bed.”

Somehow he convinced Jenny May to let us stay put. Amazing.

Enjoy the pics.

Heron and Bode on the East Rosebud Trail

Heron and Bode on the East Rosebud Trail

Wes, Heron, Tom, and Stephen on the East Rosebud Trail

Wes, Heron, Tom, and Stephen on the East Rosebud Trail

East Rosebud Creek tumbles downhill

East Rosebud Creek tumbles downhill

Heron, Bode, and Stephen on East Rosebud Trail

Heron, Bode, and Stephen on East Rosebud Trail

Incredible Alpine Scenery, East Rosebud Trail

Incredible Alpine Scenery, East Rosebud Trail

Flowers bloom where a forest once stood on the East Rosebud Trail

Flowers bloom where a forest once stood on the East Rosebud Trail

Beautiful Fruits, East Rosebud Trail

Beautiful Fruits, East Rosebud Trail

Twisted spires, East Rosebud Trail

Twisted spires, East Rosebud Trail

Heron rests at Elk Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Heron rests at Elk Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Sheer walls on the East Rosebud Trail

Sheer walls on the East Rosebud Trail

Wes and Bode on the East Rosebud Trail

Wes and Bode on the East Rosebud Trail

Stephen Rose on the East Rosebud Trail

Stephen Rose on the East Rosebud Trail

East Rosebud Creek

East Rosebud Creek

Onward and upward, East Rosebud Trail

Onward and upward, East Rosebud Trail

East Rosebud Creek

East Rosebud Creek

Heron on the East Rosebud Trail

Heron on the East Rosebud Trail

Tom resting on the East Rosebud Trail

Tom resting on the East Rosebud Trail

Heron near a pool on East Rosebud Creek

Heron near a pool on East Rosebud Creek

Heron on the East Rosebud Trail

Heron on the East Rosebud Trail

Tom, Wes, and Stephen take a breather on the East Rosebud Trail

Tom, Wes, and Stephen take a breather on the East Rosebud Trail

Incredible waterfalls were everywhere on the East Rosebud Trail

Incredible waterfalls were everywhere on the East Rosebud Trail

A pool on East Rosebud Creek. Trout were rising...

A pool on East Rosebud Creek. Trout were rising…

Bode with a fly on East Rosebud Creek

Bode with a fly on East Rosebud Creek

Rimrock Lake on the East Rosebud Trail

Rimrock Lake on the East Rosebud Trail

Heron on the bridge over East Rosebud Creek, below Rimrock Lake

Heron on the bridge over East Rosebud Creek, below Rimrock Lake

Bode resting on the Rimrock Lake Bridge, East Rosebud Trail

Bode resting on the Rimrock Lake Bridge, East Rosebud Trail

Hiking the "Rimrock" above Rimrock Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Hiking the “Rimrock” above Rimrock Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Bode hiking above Rimrock Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Bode hiking above Rimrock Lake, East Rosebud Trail

A high falls above Rainbow Lake, East Rosebud Trail

A high falls above Rainbow Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Heron and Bode with their Rainbow Trout from Rainbow Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Heron and Bode with their Rainbow Trout from Rainbow Lake, East Rosebud Trail

Montana’s Beartooth Mountains   3 comments

On July 19th, Stephen Rose, Wes Anderson, Stephen’s son Heron and my son Bode all loaded up in Madison and headed west to Montana. We overnighted near Sturgis, SD, then pushed through Billings to Roscoe, MT and on to the trailhead at East Rosebud Lake.

We then hiked 26 miles over the Beartooths to a trailhead on the west side of the range near Cooke City. The experience was incredible, challenging, and a lot of fun.

Afterward we toured Yellowstone and the Tetons while enjoying real beds and a hot tub.

Below, some pictures from our trip. These will come in installments each day, so stay tuned for images from our grand adventure.

Enjoy!

Sunset in South Dakota

Sunset in South Dakota

 

Heron in SD

Heron in SD

 

Big Bucks in SD

Big Bucks in SD

 

The view from East Rosebud Lake, MT

The view from East Rosebud Lake, MT

 

Bode and Heron on the eve of our hike

Bode and Heron on the eve of our hike

 

Wes Anderson, Dad, stands before the Beartooths

Wes Anderson, Dad, stands before the Beartooths

 

Stephen Rose admiring East Rosebud Creek

Stephen Rose admiring East Rosebud Creek

 

Our troupe hikes upward and Westward

Our troupe hikes upward and Westward