Montana

I served two seasons with Montana State Parks AmeriCorps from 2015-16 and explored northwestern Montana.

Essentials for being in Montana 

    Ten Steps to Hiking in Grizzly Country-mental aspects and techniques for going solo
    Backpacking… for Science!— volunteer on goat and loon surveys in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

     Snyder Lake- first hike in Glacier
     Avalanche Lake
     Mount Brown Lookout- meeting a mountain goat
     Huckleberry Lookout
     Highline Trail- from the Loop to Logan Pass
     The Most Beautiful Place- Poia Lake and Red Gap Pass, start of the Reynolds Fire
     Would you camp here?- out and back to Lake Ellen Wilson
     My first grizzly- on the Highline Trail from Logan Pass
     Swiftcurrent Lookout- mountain goat survey for Glacier's Citizen Science Program
     Sperry Glacier
     Harrison Lake- solo overnight, swimming moose
     Kintla to Bowman, Part 1- backpacking near beautiful (if smoky) lakes
     Kintla to Bowman, Part 2- close encounter with grizzly bears
     Grinnell Glacier- see the glaciers before they melt on this popular trail
     Gunsight Pass- classic overnight backpacking trip in Glacier
     Park Creek in Glacier- fall color in a quiet area of the park
   
     Snyder Lake- early season with Jan
     Rainy Day in Glacier- quiet along the Avalanche Trail
     Snyder Ridge Jungle Gym- unmaintained trail with few views, but at least no crowds
     Quartz Loop- overnight backpacking doing loon surveys
     Overnight at Elizabeth Lake- loon and mountain goat surveys from the Belly River
     CDT: Oldman Lake- along the Continental Divide Trail with Pathfinder
     CDT: Pitamakin and Triple Divide Pass- with Pathfinder
     Rainy Harrison Lake- an overnight on the quiet side of Glacier

Jewel Basin and the Swan Range

     Finding balance in the Jewel- Camp Misery to Birch Lake
     Solo in the Jewel- dayhiking in the snow
     Around Twin Lakes in the Jewel
     First Solo Overnight in Montana- Crater Notch Trail to In-Thlam-Keh Lake
     Second Solo- Crater Notch Trail to Alpine Lake and Big Hawk Lake
     Dayhike to Wildcat Lake- Strawberry Lake trailhead to Wildcat Lake
     Confessions of an Introvert- Columbia Mountain to Lamoose Lake
     Major Shakedown Hike- somewhere in the Swan

     Early season in the Swan- Wolf Creek
     Broken Leg Anniversary- celebrating 2 years since my stress fracture with an overnight
     The thing about Montana- overnight up the Bond Creek Trail to Crevice Lake

     View of the Swan- reflections about my two years hiking in the Swan

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