Back on the Lodgepole Trail

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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What I did
Went for a Hike

Flag of United States  , Montana
Friday, August 26, 2011

This morning we decided we'd go to the other side of the lake and take a hike.  The trail was one we had discovered back in the seventies, when we were avid backcountry cross country skiers.  Lynn, Joe, Lisa and I really loved skiing up here and especially on this trail.  it goes from lake level, about 6300 feet up to 6700 feet, per the Droid.

We got onto the trail at about ten AM.  It's a steep four hundred feet or so to the top, where one can look both to the east and west along the power line.  The next ridge over, in the photo from the top, is where we would next encounter the power line cut.  The terrain on the trail is up and down, with few difficult areas.  It's used primarily by four-wheelers these days, so is quite smooth and easy to navigate.

The hill on the downside was called King Hill by Joe when he was a kid.  It was the first serious downhill section and he would go "all out" to get a good ride.  We all enjoyed it.  It was a full morning of skiing in those days, so we packed a lunch and water to sustain us.  We always had M&M Peanut candy, just in case anyone had need for a caloric boost.

Now the woods are much different.  There's a lot of "logging" going on and much destruction in the lower area.  It's a shame really, what with the pine beetle damage and the resultant "clean up".  

We stopped in the Lodgepole USFS Campground and had our lunch. It took us just under two hours to do the loop, with stops for photos, reminiscing and all.  It's about a three mile climb and descent.  We saw several birds and the tracks of moose on the dirt trail.  Lynn is getting pretty good at identifying the tracks.  Of course, it's much easer if the animals are still standing in them.  Go figure!

It's a beautiful day here as it is most days in our lives these days. Nothing like maintaining a positive attitude to brighten one's life.


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