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    Matthew Wilson reviewed Bear Trap Canyon

    about 1 year ago

    Hiked into Bear Trap with the little sister on the 5/2/17. The plan was to backpack into the first campsite(about 3-4 miles in), set up camp, and then day hike back down to the slow and low parts of the river for some fly fishing. Unfortunately for us, we picked a day to hike in where a group of several Conservation Corp members were putting in some serious work on the trail (along the fishable parts of the river), and given the hard work they were doing we didn't want to be continually interrupting by fishing through them repeatedly. So we ended up just setting camp, exploring the immediate area, and enjoying the scenery. We did see a lot of bear sign along the trail, but fortunately had no encounters. The nighttime got pretty cool, given the time of year and how close to the river we'd set up camp. Easy hike in though, and the scenery is pretty nice the whole way.

    Matthew Wilson completed Boulder Hot Springs

    over 1 year ago

    Matthew Wilson saved Lady of the Lake Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Sawtooth Lake

    almost 2 years ago

    Hiked in for a night with my little sister last week, and had a great time. Fish were jumping like crazy when we arrived, unfortunately the wind picked up shortly after and made fly fishing difficult at best. Lake was beautiful and the hike was easy.

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Leigh Lake

    about 2 years ago

    This hike is really quite beautiful. We parked our car on the road a few miles down from the the trailhead, where the last turn is, because thats where the road started to look washed out. From there, we hiked a little under 2 miles to the trailhead to begin our hike. In hindsight, I wish we'd just risked driving to the trailhead because despite being of such short length, this hike is actually pretty strenuous. Its an almost constant steep uphill climb, with some sections in the latter half of the hike being so steep as to require using your hands as well to continue moving forward. We went on May 7th, and the lake and area immediately surrounding it still had a pretty thick layer of snow atop it. Personally, I felt the waterfall on the way up, shortly before the lake, was more worthy of the effort than the lake was. The hike was beautiful, and definitely worth trying, so long as you know the steep grade requires quite a bit slower pace than most of us probably usually hike with, and that being a short distance does not mean "it can't be that bad". Also be bear aware, as we came across bear scat right on the trail, and saw several bear tracks.

    Matthew Wilson completed Leigh Lake

    about 2 years ago

    Matthew Wilson saved Hollow Top Lake

    over 2 years ago

    Matthew Wilson saved Blue Lake

    over 2 years ago

    Matthew Wilson saved Holland Lake and Falls

    over 2 years ago

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Elkhorn and Crow Peaks

    over 2 years ago

    Geocache box at Elkhorn peak was getting full, so friends and I hiked up to the peak with a larger box and then transferred everything over, took the old smaller box over to Crow peak and left it there since the box on crow peak was way too small for what was in it. Great hike, glad to check Crow Peak off my list. For those hiking to Elkhorn and wondering if Crow peak is worth the effort, it absolutely is! Just make sure you don't do so late in the year like us, it took us 2 hours to get between Elkhorn and Crow, and another 2 hours back because the rocks that are already so treacherous to climb were also rimed with frost and loose snow. Not a good combination, took alot of nasty falls. Came out with nothing broken, but would not try again this late in the year.

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Elkhorn and Crow Peaks

    almost 3 years ago

    Went a few days ago,without the dog this time, and made it to the top of the peak. Signed the log book and added some stuff to the geocache box. Didn't bring my camera which is unfortunate because the views from the top of the peak is beyond exhilarating. Able to see Helena Valley, Townsend Valley, Whitehall Valley and the Elk park area near Butte. You have a completely breathtaking view of every mountain range within 100 miles. Enjoyed lunch and a celebratory beer atop the peak before heading down. Plan on doing it again with the camera.

    Matthew Wilson saved Sacajawea Peak

    almost 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson followed Don Uhrig

    almost 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Sawtooth Lake

    almost 3 years ago

    This was such a wonderful hike. Backpacked into the lake and stayed the night on 8/11, and loved it. The hike is rated at moderate, but I'd say the first 2.5 miles are easy, and the last 1.5 miles is easy with moderate sections. The lake itself is beautiful, and has a great population of brook trout that will bite any lure that provides action. I noticed they will not bite anything sitting idle though, so cast and reel, cast and reel. If you plan on camping, hit the far end of the left side of the lake, there is an excellent large camp spot with fire ring thats tucked into a nice copse of pines. This camp spot is also only a few hundred yards from the open grassy area that has the remnants of the 1959 plane crash, which is worth checking out. Definitely a hike I intend to do again, and would be the hike I chose if I was introducing a friend to backpacking, as the easy hike, great scenery, and great fishing make it a perfect introductory backpacking trip.

    Matthew Wilson completed Sawtooth Lake

    almost 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Lewis and Clark Caverns

    almost 3 years ago

    Very cool place to check out. Definitely want to be in relatively good shape though, as it requires alot of stooping, bending, and climbing that could be rough for someone with knee or back problems. The caverns have a ton of beautiful limestone columns, stalagmites, stalagtites etc. The tour guides have always been friendly and informative, and are great about telling stories and answering any questions. Keep an eye out for the bats that frequent the cave.

    Matthew Wilson completed Lewis and Clark Caverns

    almost 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail

    about 3 years ago

    This trail was my first multi-day backpacking trip, and I could not of picked a better hike for it. I hiked into Heart lake on Tuesday morning, and the 4 mile hike was really easy, though there are a few steep spots as you get closer to Heart Lake. The hike up actually took me quite awhile, but only because there were so many sights to enjoy, I kept stopping to take photos. When I got to Heart lake, I picked the first empty spot I came to, but I'd recommend heading around the left side of the lake to get one of the spots on the other side, as they are much more secluded and shaded. I based out of Heart Lake for the 3 days I was there, and day hiked to Hidden Lake, Stateline ridge, and Pearl Lake, and I'd recommend others do so as well, since there are pretty steep switchbacks that must be traversed to get to any of the above areas. Stateline ridge is a great place to hike if you want to find the mountain goats that frequent the area, and Heart and Pearl lake have a good population of trout for those who'd like to fish. Met 3 other groups of hikers, and a group on horseback and all were very friendly. All lin all, definitely a hike I'd recommend and one I intend to repeat several times.

    Matthew Wilson completed Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Elkhorn and Crow Peaks

    about 3 years ago

    Hiked the trail again and finally made it to the peaks. Was a beautiful hike, and made it to the base of the peaks with the dog in about 3 hours. Both the dog and I attempted to ascend the last few hundred yards up to the peak, but were defeated by rocks repeatedly rolling under our feet, so we turned back in the interest of not having broken ankles. Glad to be able to check this one off finally, I've hiked it a few times but had never made it to the peaks.

    Just a word of advice to those hiking up here, hike slowly and give yourself time to acclimate once you get near the peaks. My hike down was pretty miserable due to altitude sickness, having to stop numerous times to catch my breath, puke, or sit down till I stopped being shaky.

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Crow Creek Falls

    about 3 years ago

    First, a few useful things to know about this hike.
    If you decide to do this hike, I recommend driving there in a 4wd. If you are taking a car, like me, you want a car with good clearance and good tires. This is really rather important, as several stretches of the road between Radersburg and the trail head are very rocky, and many of those rocks are big and sharp. I made it in a car just fine, but I'd of felt better in a truck or SUV.
    Second, If your going in the morning, wear shorts or pants that you don't mind hiking in while they are wet. There is alot of foliage along both sides of the narrow trail, and the dew from them left my pants soaked a mile in. Now for my review
    Beautiful hike, and aside from a few short uphill stretches, the hike to the falls is remarkably easy. It starts off with a nice gentle switchback that leads down to a bridge and creek crossing, and from there follows the creek for a few miles. Crow Creek itself is incredibly scenic, and the trail along the creek is filled with wildflowers of all kinds. About 2 miles in, you should refill your water from the creek as your gonna hit a short steep stretch that leads you into a small plain thats filled with wildflowers and butterflies, and you won't hit the creek again until the falls. This is a good place to take a break, as you will have to start hiking gradually uphill from here. Once you hit the tree line, its a gradual uphill hike. Before long you'll hit a fork in the trail, you want to take the left fork as the right leads to the eagle park station. After this, its more gradual uphill until you hit a set of steep switchbacks that lead down to the falls. The falls themselves are an INCREDIBLE view, and more than compensate for the pain in the ass drive to the trailhead. There is also places to set up backpacking tents and fire pits next to the falls, so you can backpack in and camp there, or just have lunch. Either way, you are gonna want to take a lengthy break at the falls to rest up because hiking those switchbacks back up SUCKS haha. After that though its all easy back to the trail head.

    Matthew Wilson completed Crow Creek Falls

    about 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson followed Beth Barlow

    about 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson saved Grotto Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson saved Storm Castle Peak

    about 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson followed rachel smith

    about 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Park Lake Campground

    about 3 years ago

    Long drive from Clancy, takes about 40 minutes, but goes through beautiful country and gives many opportunities for viewing wildlife. I often see elk, deer, moose and bear on the drive up. The lake itself is not very big, but has a very active population of grayling that are a blast to fish. Just remember to catch and release, as grayling cannot be kept in that district. There are some hiking trails around the lake too, but most are clogged pretty severely with deadfall. Enjoyable spot to camp and fish.

    Matthew Wilson completed Park Lake Campground

    about 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson reviewed Boulder Hot Springs

    about 3 years ago

    Grew up in Boulder and this place has amazing potential. Unfortunately, the current owners prevent it from ever reaching it. They refuse to do any kind of upkeep with the building, so it appears to be in shambles. The rooms are austere and simple, with no modern "luxuries". The place has an incredibly beautiful old bar and ballroom that could be a popular attraction if renovated and utilized, but they choose to use those rooms to hold seances. Yes seances. The hot pools and steam room have appeared dirty every time I've been there, and the outside pool has so many "rules" that you may as well hang out inside and read the paper. Food is bland, organic dishes that do not encourage an appetite. I'd apologize for such a negative review if I didn't live in Boulder, and like so many others here, see so much wasted potential.

    Matthew Wilson followed jennifer ryan

    about 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson saved Leigh Lake

    about 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson saved Mystic Lake Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Matthew Wilson saved Lake Como Loop Trail

    about 3 years ago