|Where the West and South forks of the Sun River come together in the Bob|
|A small portion of the Pretty Prairie|
|The ranger station|
This is a trip that highlights the river rather than the mountains, although surrounding mountains are impressive. The approach is through a pretty intense burn.
Start at the Benchmark South Fork Sun River trailhead, cross the pack bridge over the South Fork in a half mile.
It's about 5 miles to the West Fork pack bridge, mostly through a recent burn, where small lodgepoles and abundant vegetation is a testament to its rebirth. At the West Fork packbridge the trail splits. Go west and you're headed to the Chinese Wall.
|My campsite in the prairie|
The trail travels high above rivers and the sight of the two coming together is remarkable. Both rivers are extremely beautiful, running a transluscent green color. Both are great fishing. Pretty Prairie is just what the name says, a pretty prairie surrounded by (burnt) mountains, with islands of trees that were untouched by fire.
Set back in the prairie against one of the limestone walls is a Forest Service cabin. The prairie was full of flowers and the spring grass was lush. Prairie Creek cuts across the center of the 1.5 mile long prairie, roaring all the way, competing with the noisy South Fork.
|A hiker and dog from Bozeman headed for the Chinese Wall|
|The West Fork pack bridge|
|The South Fork Sun from a camp site|