Our main hike on this trip was up the Blodgett Canyon, which is
located just West of Hamilton Montana. Scenic views and a couple
waterfalls within the first few miles make it popular with day
hikers from the area.
There are lots of raspberries and blue berries along the
trail but many of them weren't ripe when we went through,
especially at higher elevations. I also took a few pictures
of flowers and berries that are beautiful but inedible.
At the top end of Blodgett Canyon is a lake named...
Blodgett Lake. It is a beautiful crystal clear lake that was stocked
with trout in 2002 and 2007. Many locals said it offered
good fishing but we didn't see any on the bright warm
afternoon we visited.
Blodgett Lake Panorama
I took a side hike up the Blodgett Canyon Overlook trail
which climbs up 1200 feet in a half mile. The first 10
switchbacks aren't so bad but the last 9 are quite steep.
All that work does pay off with great views of the area.
We didn't see as much wildlife as last year
but Mike got pictures of a female blue grouse and a black
bear while I only managed a couple squirrels and hand
full of Ant Lions,
or at least their larva's traps...
Afterwards we headed West to Wallace Idaho and hiked
on the Pulaski Tunnel trail to the abandoned mine shaft
where famed early forest ranger
saved the lives of most of his wildfire crew when trying
to fight the "Big Blowup" of 1910. He's also famous in
back country circles for inventing the Pulaski tool,
which is a combination axe and adze/hoe.
On the way home we camped in the Bighorn Mountains near the
South Fork Mountain Lodge. I took a couple pictures of
their trail-ride horses and at sunset I got pictures of
the local creek.
And lastly the obligatory group shot and a few pictures
of Mike I captured in different sections of the trail.
Last Updated: 7/27/2013 - Anthony Anderberg - firstname.lastname@example.org