The weekend of 7 Aug 09, Tracy and I took a 3 day weekend to the Absaroka-Beartooth
Wilderness in Montana and Wyoming. We planned to do two nights on the trail, but the
weather forecast was calling for severe thunderstorms. Well, actually, NOAA was calling for
severe thunderstorms...everyone else was just calling for scattered thunderstorms. I put my
faith in the National Weather Service...which turned out to be the wrong choice. I have
decided that the NWS says there will be a 50% of severe thunderstorms, while everyone else
will say there is a 50% of storms. It seems that the NWS is more doom and gloom than the
other sites. So I've now decided to trust the Weather Channel and Weather Underground
more than the NWS. Anyway, because of the forecast, we decided to dayhike on Friday. We
but the lake was pretty. I didn't catch anything, but we enjoyed a nice day...with no storms at
We stayed in Cooke City again on Friday night, then got up on Saturday and headed to the
Beartooth Creek Trail, and then headed cross-country near Ewe Lake, and pitched camp near
Ewe Lake. We then headed up to Lonesome Lake because I wanted to hike into Montana.
The hike to Lonesome Lake was completely cross-country, and it was absolutely beautiful. We
didn't see anyone all day long, and that made it even better. It snowed on us a couple of
times, and eventually we headed back to camp. It got pretty cold that night, but we were fine.
The next day we hiked a loop by Beauty Lake back to the truck. Again, we didn't see a soul
before getting back near the trailhead.
The Beartooths are absolutely wonderful. They're a lot like the Winds, but the rocks are white
granite as much as the Winds. However, the mountains seem to lend themselves to hiking
cross-country better than the Winds, just because they seems less steep up on the Beartooth
Plateau. Tracy and I both decided we would like to come back here and spend a week just
hiking around...it is really incredibly pretty.