Needless to say, the trail wasn't very busy. ;)
Awesome wintry views on our hike up Bass Creek today. :)
The stormy winter weather has been a bit snowy and quite windy lately, especially in the mountains, and is now headed toward below zero temps for the next few nights again. We definitely felt the cold moving in on us as we hiked back out today.
Needless to say, the trail wasn't very busy. ;)
Love this view of the Sapphire Mountains from the refuge! Somehow we ended up missing the sunshine the other day when we went for our walk on the Kenai Trail. We happened to get there in between the earlier and later sunny moments of the day.
Oh well. Sun or clouds, I like to get out there for the views and fresh air. :)
It was a beautiful day last week to get out for a little mountain hike with a friend from work. A common spot with a glorious winter view that never ceases to amaze me! :)
I recently realized that of all my years of hiking into Blodgett Canyon in all seasons with various types of weather, (including a backpack trip and an off-trail side trek to the horsehead arch), that I don't have any posts of Blodgett on my blog yet. That's crazy!!
I have so many mountain adventures that I've never gotten around to sorting pics for and posting, but will hopefully eventually get caught up. Anyway, for now, this winter hike from about a year ago will give you a glimpse into Blodgett Canyon. :)
Blodgett has some pretty nice views on the drive in to the trailhead.
A bit of snow at the trailhead. Winter isn't leaving anytime soon. :)
I was surprised to find the parking lot had been plowed.
It hasn't always been the case in past winters.
Plenty of views to be seen from the trail.
Trudging through snow is to be expected on winter mountain hikes.
The farther in you go, the deeper it gets. Plenty of snow fun! ;)
I always love views of the craggy cliffs!
Either the snow was moving in on us, or we were moving into it? I think a combination, as the weather was definitely changing as we headed further into the canyon!
I love the special atmosphere of inclement weather.
It definitely pays to not be just a fair-weather hiker anymore. :)
More snow ahead, as some of the usual mountain views are obscured here now.
We were expecting snowy weather and are prepared, so we carry on. :)
The sun lowering over the southern ridge. Days are still short this time of year.
Blodgett Creek at the bridge, looking west further into the canyon.
Views obscured by the snow.
Blodgett Creek at the bridge, looking east towards the valley.
The sun's brightness was diminished by the snow, but not entirely hidden.
The snow was getting thicker as we got to our turnaround point for the day.
Zoomed in view of the Horsehead Arch. Barely visible with the snow, but interesting. Better pics of this in other posts to come from some of my fair-weather hikes. :)
The bridge at 3 miles in,
allowing for an easy crossing of the creek as the trail crosses to the other side.
Starting to see more as the snow begins to clear out.
After snowing pretty heavily on us for a time coming back out,
(I tucked my camera safely away for a bit),
the storm passed over and turned into a partial blue-sky day.
The weather can definitely change very quickly "out here". :)
Quite different from earlier. The weather changes our views dramatically!
More of the distant mountains are beginning to reappear.
Flathead Buttress, Shoshone Spire, and Nez Perce Spire.
From the bottom of the canyon, these look like the top of the ridge,
but when you see them from above at Blodgett Overlook,
you realize they are only about halfway up!
I think I want to make an attempt to get up there someday. Adding it to my list! :)
Well, I finally succeeded in getting one of my Blodgett hikes added to my blog.
Hope you enjoyed the pics ... keep your eyes out for more to come. :)
We squeezed in another quick little hike between some errands we had to do the other day down south. The weather forecast was partly sunny, so Lake Como it was. :)
The snow covered trail was pretty good, so no traction devices were needed.
The peaks have an extra touch of beauty with snow!
I love hiking with my family! :)
One of the Como Peaks, visible from the north side trail.
We get some sunshine and views of the lake here and there between the trees.
Fair-weather hiker? Not anymore. I enjoy getting "out here" anytime of the year! :)
Gotta stop and take in the amazing scenery along the way! :)
Beautiful mountainous views surround the lake.
The glorious beauty of God's creation never ceases to amaze me! It makes my day to hang out at places like this. It refreshes me from the inside out! :)
Just a little foolin' around at the lake. :)
Hope you enjoyed this post... I'll see you again in the next one.
Be sure to leave me a comment, as I do enjoy reading them.
Happy day to you! :)
Nice view looking east on our quick little hike up Sawtooth yesterday.
We had errands to do first, so we missed the warmest part of the day and didn't have much time left, but we still had a bit of fun getting out there. :)
Some days, weeks, months ... can just seem so extra busy at times.
So one of my daughters and I decided to pop over to Lake Como for a bit after an appointment today. We didn't have a lot of time, but we took advantage of the chance we got to add a little sunshine and outdoor enjoyment to our day.
Look for the little moments. :)
Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted! It's not been for a lack of things to share, as I've still been getting in some exciting and challenging hikes and backpack trips. It's just been a very busy summer and fall in so many different ways! Hoping to get back to regularly sharing more mountain adventures with you again soon. As for now, here's a couple of pics from today's quick little hike in between errands. Sometimes you just gotta squeeze in what you can, when you can. Get out and do a little something fun! :)
North Lost Horse Canyon. Bitterroot Mountains. July 2022.
We finally set out for a hike up North Lost Horse to see what we could see from the ground. (We've overlooked this canyon from above on previous hikes up to Kidney Lake Crags and the top of East Camas Peak.) We weren't sure how far we'd be able to get, as we were expecting the trail to not be very well maintained and to eventually peter out.
The trail had some serious incline for a little ways in the beginning, but was in decent condition at that point. As the elevation gain lessened, the trail became quite overgrown and rough. We eventually had lunch in a rock field, filtered more water at the creek, and turned around when we got tired of bushwacking our way through the jungle with no destination in sight.
While not my ideal hike, nor one I would tend to recommend, we did have some nice views and got in a couple hours of fun exercise while marking another trail off my list. :)
Awesome views! :)
Water and rock. :)
Heading back down, down, down ... after we came up, up, up. :)
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