|Coming off Patrol Mountain and into Honeymoon Basin|
This is a really fun hike on a great trail that begins at the Benchmark campground and covers 11.3 miles and more than 2,900 feet cumulative elevation gain --- with 2,500 of it coming in the last 3 miles after wide and cold Straight Creek is waded (bring good water shoes).
We hiked this in extremely hot weather (it was during a 90s stretch in Great Falls) that was further marred by smoke coming in from Oregon and Washington state fires.
It seems ironic that we have to deal with smoke this summer since we've had such wet weather to this point. There is still plenty of snow in the high country and it is beautifully green in the meadows.
|My two left boots|
After the hike I had a flat front tire and we limped back home with a spare.
The day before this climb we went to Missoula and did a guided float of the Alberton Gorge, a first for me. Katie hadn't floated it since college.
We cut over to Augusta and stayed at the Bunkhouse Hotel, an old two-story boarding house that is being refurbished. We had a comfortable night.