Lupe made it back to the G6 back at the Island Lake trailhead at 11:42 PM. SPHP certainly hoped it would be. Becker Lake- Beartooth Mountains. It was all wonderful! Your email address will not be published. 2018 Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming & Beyond! Sometime around 1:00 AM, Lupe and SPHP sacked out in the tiny house. This time though, the lightning was now close. NOAA weather radar, satellite and synoptic charts. Lightning Lake weather forecast updated daily. For the first time Lupe and SPHP could see farther N.  SPHP had been right. The hike there is easy enough, the trail is well … Multiple Montana’s state record golden trout weighing around 5 pounds have been taken from Lightning Lake over the years. Massive granite plateaus that are found well above timberline define the Beartooth Mountains, along with numerous small, alpine lakes. 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. Despite the need to hurry, it was slow going. Want more Lupe adventures? 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. From the sound of the thunder, lightning was close, but still a little ways away. 212, SPHP quickly gave up on a start from Beartooth Lake. At the Island Lake campground, SPHP got water and Lupe was ready to go. 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. 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. 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. Mick was originally from England, but had married an American. 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. In the evening, Mick invited SPHP and Lupe in for a tour of his motor home. On 8-3-14 she climbed Lonesome Mountain, which she had passed by this day on the way to Sky Pilot Lake. Lupe and SPHP crouched down beside a big boulder not far from the shore of Jasper Lake. SPHP had raingear in the backpack, but did not stop to put it on. 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. 259 – Zimmer Ridge & Peak 6600 (11-28-20), Kings Peak, Uinta Range, the Utah State High Point – Part 2: To Gunsight Pass & the Summit! Lupe and SPHP got going again. Finally, that afternoon we caught a few beautiful Golden Trout around 16/18 inches. 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. Mick knows lots of famous people from the music industry. 2017 mountain lakes guide leaky raft lake absaroka - beartooth & crazy mountains Still, it was a good thing the hail didn’t get any bigger, or SPHP would have been pounded. It clouded up, but then blue sky came out again. 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. Some dramatic towering jagged mountains including Sky Pilot Mountain (12,047 ft.) were in view beyond High Pass Lake. 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. Boasting over 30 mountain peaks skyrocketing beyond 12,000 feet, cradling Montana’s highest peak.Over 300 alpine lakes, thousands of creeks, … It rained, but not hard. However, it was getting late and the weather looked increasingly ominous. Lupe and SPHP had been there maybe 20 minutes or more when Lupe started hearing thunder in the distance. Lupe Is Back In Action, Thanks to Emergency Veterinarian Dr. Erin Brown! You’ll pass Emerald Lake on the way, and just beyond Mystic Lake is Island Lake, and beyond that Silver Lake. There were many high mountains in view. Lupe and SPHP climbed NNW up the big ridge beyond Triskele Lake. He told some pretty wild tales about the music industry, places he had been, and people he knew. Summer thunder and lightning storms accompanied by hail can be frightening at times, and snow is possible even in July and August. Golden Lake is one of those lakes with incredible views and world class Cutthroat Trout. Sky Pilot Lake was a very beautiful lake! Your email address will not be published. It was still raining, but not as hard. Sometimes it rained harder again, but mostly it was relatively light. Mick was very kind to Lupe, even giving her treats intended for his dog. Or subscribe free to new Lupe adventures. Unit Settings Measurement preferences are saved ... Today 25 Nov Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains. The fire is now estimated to be 30 acres in size. 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. He had a start in the music industry in England, but spent most of his career as a welder in the USA. On the other side of the ridge was a series of little lakes and ponds scattered among the rocks and grassy areas. By 12:30 PM, Lupe and SPHP were back at camp at the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. High Pass is 10,800+ feet and Lupe had climbed several hundred feet higher than that. There Lupe waited for the storm to pass. More concerning, lightning was now not too far away, and there was frequent thunder. Lupe needed to lose elevation as fast as possible. SPHP decided Lupe would just climb this closest big ridge, which was directly N of the ridge Lupe was on. It certainly didn’t look like there was a glacier any more. Once down in the pass, the going was much easier. The hail was only pea-sized, but still stung a bit. We began our hike to the lake around 9am, the first five miles we would gain about 1500 vertical feet, which was no problem. 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. Eggs … 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. (7-23-20), Black Hills, WY Expedition No. There, nearby, but hundreds of feet below Lupe, was Sky Pilot Lake! June 28th, 2017 Beartooth Mountains Red Lodge, Montana The 28th: It can’t be said enough, thank you, Kat! Zephyr, a chocolate Lab, hikes along a trail near Diaphanous Lake on the Lake Plateau in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness on Aug. 31. So easy and free! This cairn lies right around the middle of Fossil Lake, a massive lake that sits at high in the alpine of the Beartooths. The Beartooth Mountains, and the neighboring Absaroka Range, have a reputation for killer thunderstorms, blood-letting clouds of mosquitoes and marauding grizzly bears. The peaks nearby and the gigantic canyon to the NE below Sky Pilot Lake were most impressive too. Lupe and SPHP hid there under the overhang for a few minutes while it hailed and SPHP got drenched. Once past the stream, Lupe and SPHP headed up and over the ridge to the S and down to Jasper Lake. It was 50°F. 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. The surface of Jasper Lake danced with raindrops while lightning struck Lonesome Mountain on the other side of the lake. 212. So SPHP got rid of the water in the tiny house and put things in order. Although there was a considerable amount of snow, it really didn’t look like much. There was room for SPHP’s head under there too, but that was it. Lupe and SPHP were ready to go find Sky Pilot Lake! Get ready for a challenging hike if you are not used to high elevations! The fire is 3.5 miles north of the Beartooth Highway. This last ridge was as far as SPHP was willing to go. You must get to the West Fork Rock Creek trailhead located just outside Red Lodge, Montana. Lupe seemed to feel the same way. My mom would point out helicopters flying over the lake, dipping down to load their buckets, and heading up toward the fire. Lupe and SPHP headed for it. Better yet, the entire trail goes through simply gorgeous alpine territory. Lupe left the Island Lake trailhead at around 8:15 AM. Lightning Lake is truly Gods country. The range runs east to west covering nearly one million acres of granite and forest. Lupe and SPHP were utterly alone. WillyWeather 67,336 . Echo Lake does offer something that these other two lakes don’t: the chance for solitude. It poured rain and hailed again, but the hail was so tiny it didn’t do anything. At times it quit entirely. 2017 Wind River Range of Wyoming & Select Peaks in Montana, 2014 Canadian Rockies & Beartooth Mountains of Montana, 2013 Beartooth Mountains of Montana & Canadian Rockies, Black Hills, SD Expedition No. The path my … At least the backpack provided some protection, too. The Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains loom above the north side from Mission Creek. 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. The route offers something for everyone. Part of the S end of Becker Lake comes into view. 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. Next Adventure                    Prior Adventure, Lonesome Mountain in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana (8-3-14). 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. In the afternoon, a guy named Mick drove up in his motor home and camped by the river near Lupe’s camp. We were literally climbing up the mountain at some points! Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks keep the lake stocked with Rainbow Trout, and while … (Photo by Rick and Susie Graetz) ... Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, this lofty terrain is scoured by wind and at times ferocious wea ther. SPHP thought Lupe was too far W for it to be the right one, but although steep, it looked relatively easy to climb. 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. Required fields are marked *. Thankfully, it didn’t hail again. Eventually the rain diminished to become just a light sprinkle. 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. Lupe had fun exploring. Receive notifications of new Lupe adventures by email. On 7-17-13, Lupe and SPHP woke up pretty early, refreshed from the easy prior day in camp spent visiting with Mick. The closest one was the westernmost. Arriving at the big rock, SPHP got Lupe under the overhang and out of the hail. So Lupe went down to the lower ridge. Reluctantly, SPHP decided Lupe had better get going. While out of sight of Becker Lake, the trail passed by the W shore of this little pond. Choose from Lupe’s 2013 Beartooths & Canadian Rockies Adventure Index, Dingo Vacations Adventure Index or Master Adventure Index. At first, Lupe and SPHP made very good time. Lupe rested and had some Taste of the Wild and water. 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. It got so dark, SPHP had to start using the flashlight before Lupe was even back to Mutt & Jeff Lakes. SPHP still had it in mind that Lupe ought to at least try to reach Sky Pilot Lake before leaving the Beartooths. The deepest and longest lake in the Beartooth Mountains, this Mystic Lake, is also more developed, with a hydro-electric dam. 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. However, SPHP wasn’t able to find a source of water there. Since the familiar Island Lake campground and trailhead were only a few miles farther E on Beartooth Hwy No. 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. Lupe and SPHP headed a bit further to the NNE up to the end of the ridge. 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. She took us in for three nights, fed us, and entertained us. 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. 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. As far as SPHP could see to the W (and SPHP could see a long way from here! 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