Lupe and SPHP kept climbing along the ridgeline heading N and scrambling around the boulder fields trying to figure out which way was the easiest way to High Pass. Lupe and SPHP passed Island Lake, Night Lake, Flake Lake, Mutt & Jeff Lakes, Becker Lake and were all the way to Albino Lake by 11:15 AM. Mick was originally from England, but had married an American. The range runs east to west covering nearly one million acres of granite and forest. Lupe rests on the final ridge above beautiful Sky Pilot Lake in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana 7-17-13 Sky Pilot Lake (10,478 ft.) shines beautifully in the sunlight. Saturday, August 23. Once past the stream, Lupe and SPHP headed up and over the ridge to the S and down to Jasper Lake. June 28th, 2017 Beartooth Mountains Red Lodge, Montana The 28th: It can’t be said enough, thank you, Kat! SPHP had raingear in the backpack, but did not stop to put it on. There was one more ridge to the N, a bit lower, but which was hiding some land in a big cirque. The first thing that Lupe saw was the upper end of the big cirque beyond the ridge. Becker Lake- Beartooth Mountains. Your email address will not be published. However, it was getting late and the weather looked increasingly ominous. Better yet, the entire trail goes through simply gorgeous alpine territory. At nearly 15.5 hours, this was Lupe and SPHP’s longest day hike in the Beartooths on her 2013 Dingo Vacation, and the most spectacular. Eggs … Get ready for a challenging hike if you are not used to high elevations! Some dramatic towering jagged mountains including Sky Pilot Mountain (12,047 ft.) were in view beyond High Pass Lake. SPHP could now see what looked like a line of storms developing to the W, and some big clouds that looked a bit threatening to the N of the high ridge hiding Sky Pilot Lake. Lonesome Mountain is seen in the distance on the R. Lupe explores the forest near the trail. Lupe shouldn’t go very far down into the gigantic canyon to find Sky Pilot Lake, given the developing weather conditions. Next Adventure Prior Adventure, Lonesome Mountain in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana (8-3-14). The hail was only pea-sized, but still stung a bit. The surface of Jasper Lake danced with raindrops while lightning struck Lonesome Mountain on the other side of the lake. Lupe and SPHP headed a bit further to the NNE up to the end of the ridge. Golden Lake is one of those lakes with incredible views and world class Cutthroat Trout. With multiple peaks over 12,000 ft. elevation and hundreds of backcountry lakes, the Beartooth Wilderness/ mountain range is a premier destination for incredible high alpine lake fishing. High Pass is 10,800+ feet and Lupe had climbed several hundred feet higher than that. Now he and his wife live in Boulder, CO. Mick was very friendly and quite a character. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. We made the drive to Billings, Montana on the 6th and stayed at a friends house, we were up by 6am and on the road to the trail head. In the morning, SPHP spent some time looking at maps to consider possible alternate routes. Required fields are marked *. It shimmered with a gorgeous blue-green color when the sun shone on it. I was going home in the morning. The lightning was really the scariest thing. SPHP was very happy Lupe did get to see Sky Pilot Lake, which was very pretty and remote. The fire is now estimated to be 30 acres in size. Turning right here, the trail immediately leads to a lightning scarred tree, and then becomes just as well worn as the main trail. At first, Lupe and SPHP made very good time. More concerning, lightning was now not too far away, and there was frequent thunder. Lupe left the trail at the S end of Jasper Lake, and the ground became progressively rougher with more and more boulder fields. 2018 Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming & Beyond! Lupe seemed to feel the same way. It was so nice catching up with her. Becker Lake- Beartooth Mountains. Lupe and SPHP sat high up near the end of the little ridge looking at the great view of Sky Pilot Lake. We got to our spot, set up camp, made some food and went to bed right as it started to pour down rain. His nickname in the music industry was “puker” – not terribly charming, but related to the wild partying lifestyle he shared for a while with the rich and famous. Sometime around 1:00 AM, Lupe and SPHP sacked out in the tiny house. It shimmered with a gorgeous blue-green color when the sun shone on it. Since it was taking so long to traverse the endless boulder fields, SPHP didn’t want to go to the E to check out the other possibilities. The tension was simply too exhausting, on top of the lightning, hail and brutal hiking. Massive granite plateaus that are found well above timberline define the Beartooth Mountains, along with numerous small, alpine lakes. Following it, you head toward Mutt and Jeff Lakes. The fire is 3.5 miles north of the Beartooth Highway. ... the Stillwater drainage leads to the Lake … Lupe had fun exploring. Mick was very kind to Lupe, even giving her treats intended for his dog. The trip to Lightning Lake was unreal, the good company, breathtaking scenery, and beautiful fish, I would never want to go through that hike again but I know I'll be back next year. Don’t let this fool you; the hike is fantastic and feels incredibly remote. SPHP thought Lupe was too far W for it to be the right one, but although steep, it looked relatively easy to climb. After a last glance at Sky Pilot Lake, as fast as SPHP could manage, Lupe and SPHP scrambled back over to High Pass and High Pass Lake. Part of the S end of Becker Lake comes into view. Island Lake, Heart Lake, Beartooth Lake is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cody, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Many glaciers are also located in the Beartooth Mountains. Lupe got over High Pass and had just barely started down the S side of the pass when the storm hit with driving rain. Lupe kept coming to one false top after another. SPHP thought Sky Pilot Lake might be just beyond that ridge. On July 6th in 2015, my good buddy Chase Schott and I were putting our packs together for the long haul to lightning lake to catch Golden Trout. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks keep the lake stocked with Rainbow Trout, and while … Lupe got to spend the whole evening in there “roughing it” in the lap of luxury. It rained, but not hard. We started up the mountain, climbing over dead fall and every other obstacle you could imagine, every step the 80 pounds on my back got heavier and heavier, there was some parts that were so steep if you stood up straight you would fall backwards. A year later, Lupe returned to the Beartooth Mountains as part of her 2014 Dingo Vacation. Once up on the ridge, instead of heading N for Two Bits Lake again (which Lupe had reached just 3 days earlier), this time Lupe stayed farther W. She wound her way around to cross the stream which comes from Two Bits Lake just downstream of Triskele Lake. In Lightning Lake, emergence took 52 days at a mean temperature of 46° F. Fish were 1.2 inches when their yolk sacs were absorbed in September. It only took us a fraction of the time to get back to the trail versus going up, but when we hit the trail it poured down rain which made the last 5 miles pretty unpleasant! Snow Showers likely early in the Afternoon, then snow Showers late in the … Little Lightning is where the juvenile Trout stay until they are big enough to swim up the 100 yard creek to the big lake. While Echo Lake is located only a mile from this popular trail, hundreds of hikers pass by it on the way to nearby Duggan Lake, or Big Park Lake. Your email address will not be published. It was still raining, but not as hard. … At least the backpack provided some protection, too. The hail let up pretty soon. Relatively close by and most dramatic was Lonesome Mountain (11,399 ft.) back to the S. Nearby and for the first time, Lupe and SPHP could now see Donelson and Maryott Lakes below to the WNW. Hiking in the Beartooth Mountains is very popular. The path my … Lupe and SPHP had been there maybe 20 minutes or more when Lupe started hearing thunder in the distance. The closest one was the westernmost. Lanis’ moss and lichens photo of the day! SPHP hoped to see Sky Pilot Lake from this ridge, but was disappointed when it was not visible from there. It really is the easiest and most direct route to Sky Pilot Lake from Beartooth Hwy No. Every other cast we would catch fish on little lightning using dry flies and streamers. ABSAROKA – BEARTOOTH & CRAZY MOUNTAINS . We started up the mountain, climbing over dead fall and every other obstacle you could imagine, every step the 80 pounds on my back got heavier and heavier, there was some parts that were so steep if you stood up straight you would fall backwards. Current conditions, warnings and historical records. On 8-3-14 she climbed Lonesome Mountain, which she had passed by this day on the way to Sky Pilot Lake. Montana's Greatest Through-Hike ~Sean Jansen The Beaten Path is a 26-mile thru-hike, point-to-point trail that climbs its way up and over the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains. 255: Missouri Buttes & A Visit With Dave Covill, Lead Director of the Highpointers Foundation (5-27-20), Black Hills, WY Expedition No. The Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains loom above the north side from Mission Creek. SPHP was tired, but still felt amazingly good. the tooth trip Sep 30, 2020 Posted By Stephen King Media Publishing TEXT ID 21446a06 Online PDF Ebook Epub Library kandy day trip with tea factory from bentota surroundings all inclusive 3 reviews 17949 per adult more info quick view sri lanka travel in 08 nights 09 days 8 reviews Despite the need to hurry, it was slow going. Lupe and SPHP were happy. I mostly just laughed about it, but I was … Lupe and SPHP were utterly alone. The next morning we woke up and we were more then astonished by the view, we were truly in Gods country. There, nearby, but hundreds of feet below Lupe, was Sky Pilot Lake! If you're not sure you could do it then I would not try it, it was the hardest thing I have ever done! Sometime it would be fun to explore the high country around Donelson and Maryott Lakes. More disappointingly, Sky Pilot Lake was not visible. This big tree scarred by lightning was near the trail. SPHP saw an especially big rock nearby with a little bit of an overhang. We finally got above the lake at 10,000 feet, it put my mind at ease knowing we finally reached our destination. Lightning struck a plateau on a nearby mountain just above timberline, and with little to no fuel, it moved slowly for a few days. After 10 or 15 minutes, the rain let up quite a bit. Lupe was probably somewhere around 11,120+ feet. The largest unofficial record was a fish estimated at 14 pounds. SPHP certainly hoped it would be. 259 – Zimmer Ridge & Peak 6600 (11-28-20), Kings Peak, Uinta Range, the Utah State High Point – Part 2: To Gunsight Pass & the Summit! 2019 Dingo Vacation to the Yukon & Alaska Adventure Index, 2019 Dingo Vacations to the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming Adventure Index, 2018 Yukon, Northwest Territories & Alaska, 2018 Bighorn Mountains & Wind River Range of Wyoming. The route offers something for everyone. It was very rough country, but not a dangerous climb. The last two grueling miles we would gain 2500 vertical feet, no trail, climbing over dead fall, without any guidance other then our GPS. The new trip would involve taking a hybrid ATV/hiking journey to the Goose Lake area in the rugged Beartooth Mountains northwest of Yellowstone National Park – just within the boundary of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Soon it completely clouded up and started to sprinkle. There Lupe waited for the storm to pass. You’ll pass Emerald Lake on the way, and just beyond Mystic Lake is Island Lake, and beyond that Silver Lake. Fizzle Lake, Beartooth Mountains, Montana (7-15-13). Reluctantly, SPHP decided Lupe had better get going. The peaks nearby and the gigantic canyon to the NE below Sky Pilot Lake were most impressive too. While out of sight of Becker Lake, the trail passed by the W shore of this little pond. Finally, that afternoon we caught a few beautiful Golden Trout around 16/18 inches. It poured rain and hailed again, but the hail was so tiny it didn’t do anything. At times it quit entirely. 212. In the evening, Mick invited SPHP and Lupe in for a tour of his motor home. SPHP realized there wasn’t a lot of time to dawdle. Lightning Lake weather forecast updated daily. SPHP wished it hadn’t taken so long to get here, because it would have been great to go down to the shore of the lake and see it from there. Our companions are our wonderful friends Alan and Robert and their dog Travis. From Jasper Lake on, the going became much slower. The highpoint of Montana over an amazing climb. SPHP could see that there was a gigantic canyon ahead heading off to the NE. On 7-16-13, the day after Lupe’s long day spent looking for Fossil Lake (and actually reaching Fizzle Lake instead) in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, Lupe and SPHP spent an easy day in camp on the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River. Echo Lake is a picturesque mountain lake that is just off The Beaten Path, a common hiking trail in the Beartooth Mountains. Lupe was now exploring new country. The lake was like a perfect mirror of the cliffs and shale walls surrounding the lake, it was an unreal sight that I will remember forever. From Jasper Lake, Lupe headed NNW up a rocky ridge towards Two Bits Lake. Multiple Montana’s state record golden trout weighing around 5 pounds have been taken from Lightning Lake over the years. SPHP intended to start the trek Beartooth Lake campground, so Lupe and SPHP went there first. Lupe made it back to the G6 back at the Island Lake trailhead at 11:42 PM. Lupe and SPHP headed for it. Distance: 35.2 miles Submission: Brent Umphlett Difficulty: 4/5 Duration: 5 days Rating: 4/5 stars With no family reunion to plan our annual backpacking trip around this year (Covid-cancelled), my brother and I decided to leave our regular northwest Wyoming stomping grounds for Colorado's famed Weminuche Wilderness. When Lupe finally reached the top of the ridge, there was a grand view from the SE to the SW all the way around to the NW. For hours, Lupe continued to see lightning in the darkness far to the SE. From the sound of the thunder, lightning was close, but still a little ways away. Still, it was a good thing the hail didn’t get any bigger, or SPHP would have been pounded. Lupe rested and had some Taste of the Wild and water. For many this is a bucket list item. Boasting over 30 mountain peaks skyrocketing beyond 12,000 feet, cradling Montana’s highest peak.Over 300 alpine lakes, thousands of creeks, … The clouds broke up and the half moon was out. By 12:30 PM, Lupe and SPHP were back at camp at the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. It was 50°F. Although occasionally thunder and lightning threatened again, it was never as bad as at Jasper Lake and never again caused Lupe to seek cover. At the top was a huge view in almost every direction. After much consulting of the maps and gazing at the terrain to the N, SPHP could see 3 possible ways that might lead to High Pass. Since the familiar Island Lake campground and trailhead were only a few miles farther E on Beartooth Hwy No. It had also been the most dangerous, when Lupe and SPHP got caught in the storm up in High Pass at around 10,800 feet elevation. After our Billings goodbye, we did boring errand stuff like the post office, groceries, and an oil change. (7-23-20), Black Hills, WY Expedition No. Our planned route would involve a 17-mile hike up to the Beartooth Plateau and then a 5-mile off-trail traverse over an 11,000-foot peak to our target lake. Lupe and SPHP made it all the way down through the biggest boulder fields and crossed the stream below Triskele Lake again. It looked like it had really rained hard there. There were many high mountains in view. Later that morning before lunch we would stop by Little Lightning Lake. In the afternoon, a guy named Mick drove up in his motor home and camped by the river near Lupe’s camp. As far as SPHP could see to the W (and SPHP could see a long way from here! Unit Settings Measurement preferences are saved ... Today 25 Nov Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains. A few hundred feet below, Lupe and SPHP could see High Pass and High Pass Lake. SPHP spent hours visiting with Mick. A Basecamper takes his first solo on a 5-day, 31-mile trek through the High Uintas, but finds their way hampered by wildfire smoke. 257 – Inyan Kara (11-7-20), Pine Mountain, the Sweetwater County, Wyoming High Point (6-15-17). The first five miles went by quick with no idea about what was to come in the next two miles, we took a rest and filled up our water for the hard part. The topo map showed a glacier in the big cirque. So SPHP got rid of the water in the tiny house and put things in order. Length: 19.4 mi • Est. The backpack-ing portion of the trip lasts 6 nights, 7 days. He had been many places and had lots of stories to tell. (7-24-20), Kings Peak, Uinta Range, the Utah State High Point – Part 1: Henry’s Fork to Dollar Lake & Beyond! We began our hike to the lake around 9am, the first five miles we would gain about 1500 vertical feet, which was no problem. On the other side of the ridge was a series of little lakes and ponds scattered among the rocks and grassy areas. She took us in for three nights, fed us, and entertained us. 2017 mountain lakes guide leaky raft lake absaroka - beartooth & crazy mountains So Lupe went down to the lower ridge. (Photo by Rick and Susie Graetz) ... Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, this lofty terrain is scoured by wind and at times ferocious wea ther. It got so dark, SPHP had to start using the flashlight before Lupe was even back to Mutt & Jeff Lakes. Lupe and SPHP were ready to go find Sky Pilot Lake! The weather had been cool and overcast, which was great for hiking, but began to clear and became sunny as Lupe and SPHP worked around the E side of Jasper Lake. Right when we got into the mountains I began to get worried, the terrain was rugged and straight up and down, worse than the front. Trail: Emerald and Moon Lakes, Weminuche Wilderness, CO. Sometimes it rained harder again, but mostly it was relatively light. We finally got above the lake at 10,000 feet, it put my mind at ease knowing we finally … Slight chance of snow Showers late in the morning. The aptly named Treasure State’s sharply contoured, snowcapped Beartooth Mountains, and the lucid sweetwater of East Rosebud Creek, rambling alongside the pot-holed road as I pounded a rental car into the gorge where it and our trailhead originated, had me giddy like a pirate upon gold, prodding me onward on a journey of western discovery. He told some pretty wild tales about the music industry, places he had been, and people he knew. Lupe and SPHP scrambled onward. On 7-17-13, Lupe and SPHP woke up pretty early, refreshed from the easy prior day in camp spent visiting with Mick. This time though, the lightning was now close. There no more mishaps the rest of the way to the G6. 260 – Moonshine Gulch, Peak 6205 & Minnesota Ridge (12-8-20), Little Bald Mountain & Bear Rocks, Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming (8-6-20), Black Hills, SD Expedition No. Mutt is on the right, and Jeff is on the left- these two … There weren’t nearly so many “bad bugs” (mosquitoes) at camp, so SPHP started feeling more positive about staying in the Beartooths another couple of days. He had a start in the music industry in England, but spent most of his career as a welder in the USA. Category: Easy Day Hikes, Hiking Trails in the Beartooth Mountains. At the Island Lake campground, SPHP got water and Lupe was ready to go. Lupe and SPHP got going again. The trip to Lightning Lake is a difficult off-trail backpacking adventure to a high mountain lake in the Beartooth Mountains and one of the only lakes in Montana hosting beautiful golden trout. There was room for SPHP’s head under there too, but that was it. SPHP decided Lupe would just climb this closest big ridge, which was directly N of the ridge Lupe was on. Lupe Is Back In Action, Thanks to Emergency Veterinarian Dr. Erin Brown! As we ate a few large thunderheads moved in and we chose to quickly pack our lunches and head for the cover of trees and lower elevations. Want more Lupe adventures? Zephyr, a chocolate Lab, hikes along a trail near Diaphanous Lake on the Lake Plateau in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness on Aug. 31. It certainly didn’t look like there was a glacier any more. Beartooth Mountains−Martin Lake Basin 1 Another fabulous trip to the Beartooths, every bit the equal of our last trip along the “Beaten Path.” This one takes us to the High Lakes Region of the Beartooths—specifically, Martin Lake basin. At about 9,400 feet, there is no easy way to Lightning Lake. Sky Pilot Lake was a very beautiful lake! This large fish was trapped, stripped of eggs and released in Lightning Lake in 1975 by the author. Choose from Lupe’s 2013 Beartooths & Canadian Rockies Adventure Index, Dingo Vacations Adventure Index or Master Adventure Index. Even though Lupe had taken the trail from Island Lake twice before (once with Lanis in August, 2012 as far as Beauty and Becker Lakes, and a 2nd time just 3 days earlier on 7-14-13 as far as Two Bits Lake), Lupe and SPHP were perfectly happy to take this trail again. As Beartooth Hwy climbs to 10,350’ in Montana & 10,947’ in Wyoming—the highest highway elevation in both states—passengers are treated to views of alpine meadows, sparkling lakes & year-round snow on the Northern Rocky Mountains. 212, SPHP quickly gave up on a start from Beartooth Lake. It clouded up, but then blue sky came out again. The Beartooth Mountains, and the neighboring Absaroka Range, have a reputation for killer thunderstorms, blood-letting clouds of mosquitoes and marauding grizzly bears. Lupe and SPHP headed N past High Pass Lake up to a small ridge. Eventually the rain diminished to become just a light sprinkle. WillyWeather 67,336 . Fellow Angler: This booklet is intended to pass on information collected over many years about the fishery of the Absaroka-Beartooth high country lakes. But don’t worry, it’s not the last we’ll see of her. Soon Lupe and SPHP reached Jasper Lake. ), there were more storm clouds. Lightning Lake is truly Gods country. The scenery seemed even more beautiful, dramatic and wild in the storm. This fish was one of a few left in Lake at Falls in the Beartooth Mountains. Lupe had succeeded in finding it! He said he has had a tremendously fun life. It was all wonderful! Now we are off to Laura’s favorite … This little lake is one of my favorite places in the Beartooth Mountains and great camping is found on the lakes' north side. Mutt Lake. This 12,799 located in the Beartooth Mountain Range of Montana in the Rockies is one of the harder state highpoints to get due to the distance technical challenge of the last 200 feet of the summit block. Lupe and SPHP were way too high up and easy targets. SPHP still had it in mind that Lupe ought to at least try to reach Sky Pilot Lake before leaving the Beartooths. Echo Lake does offer something that these other two lakes don’t: the chance for solitude. Lupe needed to lose elevation as fast as possible. The next morning we woke up and caught a few more fish on Little Lightning Lake, packed up camp, and headed back down to the trail. Lake Mountain rises in the background. Lupe and SPHP crouched down beside a big boulder not far from the shore of Jasper Lake. My mom would point out helicopters flying over the lake, dipping down to load their buckets, and heading up toward the fire. Although there was a considerable amount of snow, it really didn’t look like much. Soon there was hail, too. The boulder fields really slowed progress down. Arriving at the big rock, SPHP got Lupe under the overhang and out of the hail. Or subscribe free to new Lupe adventures. But if you like hard work and truly secluding yourself from society then this is the place to go, the beauty of this place is second to none in my books. Everything we would need in our packs all weighing near 80 pounds, we had dehydrated food, water filters, sleeping bags and a the fly fishing gear we would need. - Ryan Millhollin. Lupe and SPHP hid there under the overhang for a few minutes while it hailed and SPHP got drenched. Multi-day. It was an amazing view. You must get to the West Fork Rock Creek trailhead located just outside Red Lodge, Montana. Lupe and SPHP were heading around the E side of Jasper Lake when the storm hit hard again. So easy and free! Lupe’s climb up to this N ridge was W of the best access to High Pass. Once down in the pass, the going was much easier. 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