Over the long 4th of July weekend of 2013, Tracy and I went to do a long backpack in the
Winds, starting at the Green River Lakes trailhead. When we got there, though, the weather
wasn't good, and the forecast was worse. We decided that rather than spend a long weekend
in thunderstorms, we would just spend the weekend exploring the northern Winds. So we
drove up and over Union Pass, exploring some of the roads and hiking some trails. The
weather was iffy all day, so we ended up driving into Dubois to spend the night. We got to see
fireworks from Dubois, which was nice. It wasn't as cool at the fireworks show a couple of
years earlier in Cooke City, but it was still better than expected.
a little steep, but it wasn't too bad. The lake, however, was really pretty, as was the waterfall
coming out of the lake. The lake was surrounded by cliffs, so it didn't look very easy to find a
way to the upper part of the lake. As a result, this lake made me start thinking seriously about
buying packrafts. It would be fun to explore further up lakes like this in the backcountry.
We made our way back down the mountain, and then drove towards Cooke City via the Chief
Joseph Highway. We explored roads along the highway, and tried to drive to Kirwin along the
Wood River outside of Meeteetse, but there was a river crossing on the road that was running
too high. We then drove into Red Lodge on the Beartooth Highway, and ultimately made our
way back into Cooke City for the night. The next morning we headed through Yellowstone,
doing some hiking in the Lamar Valley, before heading home.
We saw two badgers at two different places on this trip, which was cool, because we had
never seen badgers before. As always, I love the Absarokas and the Beartooths.