|Forest Service packer returns with mule team that supplies Patrol Mountain Lookout|
In just over seven hours I was headed out for a Montana Wilderness Association hike up Patrol Mountain (elevation 8,015 feet) in the Front.
|At the summit ridge to Patrol Mountain fire lookout cabin|
Florida is not my thing, although I do appreciate the beauty of its beaches. I just don't much care for the heat and the humidity.
While it hit the 90s in Great Falls on Monday it was a bit cooler and much less humid in the mountains.
It's great to be back.
I was looking simply to stretch my legs and Patrol Mountain offers that with a 2,800 feet elevation gain over a 10 mile hike.
|Patrol Mountain lookout Samantha Chapman in her element|
I've visited her several times during those years; once to do a story on her and her sister, who was the lookout at Prairie Reef in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area at the time, and last year when she showed me the way along the ridge line she patrols.
|Crossing a cold, fast Straight Creek|
Although I've climbed this mountain at least 10 times I don't tire of these views.
If the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act is approved by Congress this Patrol Mountain trail becomes part of the Scapegoat Wilderness, joining the area to the west and south.
There's really no reason why it shouldn't .
|MWA hikers approach the fire patrol cabin after negotiating the headwall trail|