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    Don Uhrig reviewed Blue Lake

    over 2 years ago

    The Crazy Mountains are called crazy because the weather changes so crazily - or so I've been told. The dates that I visited this location (September 8 and 9, 2014, were crazy. The weather was crisp but warm enough for short sleeve t-shirt, and the sun was shining. Set up camp at Half Moon campground. It was so late in the season the camping fee box was already sealed for the winter and the water pump handles were removed. (I had brought in my own water.) Overnight the temp dropped to freezing and a thick fog rolled in. I did the hike anyway with the trail still easy to follow in the fog (and I had a track laid out on my gps). I did get to Blue Lake, but I did not "see" it through the fog. The hike itself is very enjoyable. When I came back down the mountain I had a weather update that called for freezing sleet, so I sadly packed up camp a day early. I am going back in 2016... hoping to see the lake this time.

    Don Uhrig completed Blue Lake

    over 2 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Louise Lake National Recreation Trail

    over 2 years ago

    4-Stars because the road getting to the trailhead is really bad. The hike itself offers a variety of scenery with fantastic vistas. The trail is well maintained and the lake is a stunning sapphire blue.

    Don Uhrig completed Edith Baldy Basin Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Edith - Baldy Basin

    over 2 years ago

    A steep start, but once you get over that, the hike is still moderate, but spectacular. Reaching the ridge crest, you can veer off to Edith Peak, or continue on the trail. It drops down to Edith Lake. One end of the lake is a HUGE boulder field. Fun to go rock hopping, but I would not want to be there when another HOUSE SIZE boulder makes its way down from above.

    Don Uhrig reviewed Welcome Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    What a beautiful area. After parking in the limited spaces, cross a sturdy suspension bridge and get down to water level to enjoy the water. Hiking will take you back into the Welcome Creek area on a forest floor so soft it's springy.

    Don Uhrig completed Welcome Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Don Uhrig completed Hollow Top Lake

    over 2 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Hollow Top Lake

    over 2 years ago

    There are multiple ways to do this hike. I did a loop that totaled almost twelve miles. In early July of 2014 there was still some snow on the ground on the final approach to the lake. (Three weeks later it was gone.) Plan to start early in the summer to avoid the heat while you are going up. The lake will then be more enjoyable. Also, lots of horses use these trails, so there will be manure, horse flies, deer flies, and mosquitos. Plan accordingly.

    Don Uhrig completed Drinking Horse Mountain Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Drinking Horse Trail

    over 2 years ago

    It was drizzling the day I first went, but the trail was still solid. As an edge-of-town hike, it is popular, and I would even say overused. Nevertheless, this trail does have easy access and fantastic vistas.

    Don Uhrig reviewed Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail

    over 2 years ago

    A day-hike that is suitable for all skill levels, Morrell Falls lets you experience several different aspects of a forest. From tight-in trees, to marshy open areas. Starts out rather dry, then very moist as you approach the falls. Depending on time of year, the volume of water over the falls will vary. With high water in the spring, you can also count on the roads being muddy as well. Lastly - mosquitoes are HORRIBLE in June and July.

    Don Uhrig reviewed MacDonald Pass - Priest Pass Loop

    over 2 years ago

    I'm going to hit this trail again, the day I did it, there was so much deadfall it was a challenge. That's just an observation. Trees fall. It's all good. And it's close enough to Helena to be a good day-hike that doesn't necessarily consume the whole day.

    Don Uhrig reviewed Bear Trap Canyon

    over 2 years ago

    More of a stroll than a hike, there is very little elevation change on this trail. It is suitable for all skill levels. And because it's an out-and-back, one is under full control of the distance they wish to cover. Beautiful scenery. The sound of the river comes and goes as the trail alternates being close to and away from the water.

    Don Uhrig completed Bear Trap Canyon

    over 2 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Devils Glen

    over 2 years ago

    Beautiful scenery. This hike, without being difficult, takes you above the Dearborn River and all the way down to the waters edge at many points. It's incredible to see the crystal clear deep pools formed over hundreds of decades by the rushing water in spring.

    Don Uhrig completed Devils Glen

    over 2 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Boiling River

    almost 3 years ago

    If a person has the opportunity, a soak in the Boiling River is truly a good once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the parking area inside Yellowstone National Park, and just slightly south of the 45th Parallel, you take a short hike of one-half mile to the Boiling River. You do have to be very careful. The natural hot water can scald you easily. But when you are in the sweet spots where the hot water is blended with the Gardner River - it's a good thing.

    Don Uhrig completed Boiling River Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Flesher Pass Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    I like to snowshoe on Flesher Pass. The trails there are very friendly toward this activity and the views from this Continental Divide crossing are amazing.

    Don Uhrig completed Flesher Pass Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Mount Ascension

    almost 3 years ago

    For some reason I find Mount Ascension intimidating. I think it's because there are so many trails intersecting, etc. that it's not easy to map out a route. This is another edge-of-town hike in Helena where the trails are heavily used. This means a lot of trail breakdown that makes using them somewhat unpleasant.

    Don Uhrig completed Mount Ascension

    almost 3 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Lewis And Clark Caverns

    almost 3 years ago

    Yes, I did the caverns in December - when they are normally not open to the public. Each year in December, for limited dates and times, you can purchase special Candlelight Tours. What an amazing introduction to the Caverns. I've been back in summer months too. There are numerous trails in addition to doing just the cavern tour and I thoroughly enjoyed both.

    Don Uhrig completed Lewis and Clark Caverns

    almost 3 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Stemple Pass

    almost 3 years ago

    I use Stemple Pass for cross country skiing. There are a variety of trails, each with different difficulties and all with spectacular scenery.

    Don Uhrig completed Stemple Pass

    almost 3 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Rodney Ridge

    almost 3 years ago

    Rodney Ridge trail is one that can be done in a variety of lengths and as an edge-of-town hike is very easy to get to. (Except in winter, the road to the trailhead is very steep, and the parking area is equally steep. Ice on both of these means you should park your vehicle at the bottom of Rodney Street and walk up with traction devices on your boots.)

    Don Uhrig completed Rodney Ridge Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Trout Creek Canyon

    almost 3 years ago

    Trout Creek is really only active in the spring and early summer. Nevertheless, this hike up a canyon is really beautiful. Sunlight only hits the bottom of the canyon in the first mile or so which explains the dense mossy and earthy smell of the latter part of the canyon. I've done this hike in winter and fall. But I do avoid the dirt road in spring when it turns to MUD.

    Don Uhrig completed Trout Creek Canyon

    almost 3 years ago

    Don Uhrig reviewed Prairie Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    The Prairie Trail is one that can be used to add distance to sister trails on Mount Helena. It pretty much skirts the base of the mountain. It has open field areas as well as portions with good tree coverage.