Trip Pictures

Fitzpatrick Wilderness

Torrey Creek

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Tracy in Absarokas

Near Chief Joseph

Highway

Absarokas

Absarokas

Absarokas

Badger

Badger

Black Bear

Black Bear

Lamar Valley Bison

Badger

Badger

North Winds

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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.

The next morning, we went hiking to Lake Louise (Google Map).  The hike up to the lake was

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.