|Me on top the false summit|
I was in Bozeman for Humanities Montana meeting and decided to walk up the ridge line of the Bridger Mountains on my way out of town.
The last time I was in the Bridgers was Labor Day weekend 2006 when I climbed Sacajawea, the range's highest peak and wandered north along the crest, picking up Hardscrabble along the way.
|Runners along the ridge line.|
With all the smoke, and not much in view on the horizons, I opted for signing the summit and foregoing the rest of the ridge walk. I had seen about as much I was going to see on this hike.
I started this climb at the Bozeman "M" parking lot. The "M" is an 832 foot, half-mile climb. A trail proceeds from there steeply up to the Bridger divide.
The divide is punctuated by limestone walls that rise in long ridges. The well-worn trail follows at the base.
|Fall ground color|
I was struck by the number of runners on this trail. Very fit young people running, not hiking shoes.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much I could see from the top because of the smoke. I could barely make out the MSU Fieldhouse below. The mountains I should have been able to see ---- Tobacco Roots, Madisons, Absarokees --- were obscured.
I'll be back.