|We were luck to find this oasis of shade and water on this hot hike|
Each way would have involved the Dearborn River on this scorching summer afternoon.
|Dearborn River in tight canyon|
Over about 18 miles of hiking we consumed four quarts of water each and still came out thirsty.
There was an occasional, random cloud that gave us some shelter.
|Dave Ashley cools down|
While we didn't do the off-trail exploratory into Falls Creek, we could see a very direct route in up Skull Gulch and on to Monitor Mountain.
Had we been sensible we would have stayed on the Dearborn River bottom where it was somewhat cooler.
Several weeks ago I walked into this Dearborn country, but only as far as Devil's Glen, which is a gorgeous area where the river is forced through a tight canyon and rushes in bursts through chutes and over waterfalls.
|Steamboat promontory above the Dearborn|
|Obligatory wilderness sign photo|
Our goal was the Continental Divide and we figured the Blacktail Creek trail would get us there the quickest. We crossed the river and proceeded up that trail which climbs about 2,000 feet in less than three miles into an open area above the Landers Fork with Red, Pyramid, Olson, Galusha and Crow peaks within view. This is Scapegoat interior country, yet the trail sits on ridgeline that connects to the West Fork of Falls Creek trail.
To the north, Steamboat Mountain's long ridgeline dominates the view.