On 7-16-13, the day after Lupe’s long day spent looking for Fossil Lake (and actually reaching Fizzle Lake instead) in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, Lupe and SPHP spent an easy day in camp on the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River. It looked like it had really rained hard there. More concerning, lightning was now not too far away, and there was frequent thunder. Lupe had fun exploring. Becker Lake- Beartooth Mountains. For the first time Lupe and SPHP could see farther N.  SPHP had been right. The path my … Lupe and SPHP passed Island Lake, Night Lake, Flake Lake, Mutt & Jeff Lakes, Becker Lake and were all the way to Albino Lake by 11:15 AM. Lupe and SPHP had been there maybe 20 minutes or more when Lupe started hearing thunder in the distance. Lupe kept coming to one false top after another. SPHP hoped to see Sky Pilot Lake from this ridge, but was disappointed when it was not visible from there. SPHP decided Lupe would just climb this closest big ridge, which was directly N of the ridge Lupe was on. Since it was taking so long to traverse the endless boulder fields, SPHP didn’t want to go to the E to check out the other possibilities. There were many high mountains in view. The fire is 3.5 miles north of the Beartooth Highway. We started up the mountain, climbing over dead fall and every other obstacle you could imagine, every step the 80 pounds on my back got heavier and heavier, there was some parts that were so steep if you stood up straight you would fall backwards. The fire is now estimated to be 30 acres in size. This time though, the lightning was now close. The backpack-ing portion of the trip lasts 6 nights, 7 days. SPHP saw an especially big rock nearby with a little bit of an overhang. the tooth trip Sep 30, 2020 Posted By Stephen King Media Publishing TEXT ID 21446a06 Online PDF Ebook Epub Library kandy day trip with tea factory from bentota surroundings all inclusive 3 reviews 17949 per adult more info quick view sri lanka travel in 08 nights 09 days 8 reviews So Lupe went down to the lower ridge. We had a few fish rise and saw some big bruisers cruising the banks so we threw everything we had at them, scuds, nymphs, streamers, and even some dry flies but they didn't want to take anything we were offering. So SPHP got rid of the water in the tiny house and put things in order. Lupe Is Back In Action, Thanks to Emergency Veterinarian Dr. Erin Brown! 2019 Dingo Vacation to the Yukon & Alaska Adventure Index, 2019 Dingo Vacations to the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming Adventure Index, 2018 Yukon, Northwest Territories & Alaska, 2018 Bighorn Mountains & Wind River Range of Wyoming. Echo Lake is a picturesque mountain lake that is just off The Beaten Path, a common hiking trail in the Beartooth Mountains. There weren’t nearly so many “bad bugs” (mosquitoes) at camp, so SPHP started feeling more positive about staying in the Beartooths another couple of days. (7-23-20), Black Hills, WY Expedition No. Echo Lake does offer something that these other two lakes don’t: the chance for solitude. It really is the easiest and most direct route to Sky Pilot Lake from Beartooth Hwy No. In the afternoon, a guy named Mick drove up in his motor home and camped by the river near Lupe’s camp. The largest unofficial record was a fish estimated at 14 pounds. 2017 mountain lakes guide leaky raft lake absaroka - beartooth & crazy mountains Lupe left the Island Lake trailhead at around 8:15 AM. Multi-day. Soon there was hail, too. Sometime it would be fun to explore the high country around Donelson and Maryott Lakes. We finally got above the lake at 10,000 feet, it put my mind at ease knowing we finally reached our destination. It rained, but not hard. Slight chance of snow Showers late in the morning. You must get to the West Fork Rock Creek trailhead located just outside Red Lodge, Montana. There no more mishaps the rest of the way to the G6. At times it quit entirely. A few hundred feet below, Lupe and SPHP could see High Pass and High Pass Lake. Lupe got to spend the whole evening in there “roughing it” in the lap of luxury. Relatively close by and most dramatic was Lonesome Mountain (11,399 ft.) back to the S.  Nearby and for the first time, Lupe and SPHP could now see Donelson and Maryott Lakes below to the WNW. From Jasper Lake, Lupe headed NNW up a rocky ridge towards Two Bits Lake. It was all wonderful! Get ready for a challenging hike if you are not used to high elevations! The Beartooth Mountains, and the neighboring Absaroka Range, have a reputation for killer thunderstorms, blood-letting clouds of mosquitoes and marauding grizzly bears. On 8-3-14 she climbed Lonesome Mountain, which she had passed by this day on the way to Sky Pilot Lake. Lanis’ moss and lichens photo of the day! Lupe made it back to the G6 back at the Island Lake trailhead at 11:42 PM. Lupe shouldn’t go very far down into the gigantic canyon to find Sky Pilot Lake, given the developing weather conditions. It clouded up, but then blue sky came out again. Once past the stream, Lupe and SPHP headed up and over the ridge to the S and down to Jasper Lake. He had a start in the music industry in England, but spent most of his career as a welder in the USA. We finally got above the lake at 10,000 feet, it put my mind at ease knowing we finally … Lightning struck a plateau on a nearby mountain just above timberline, and with little to no fuel, it moved slowly for a few days. Once up on the ridge, instead of heading N for Two Bits Lake again (which Lupe had reached just 3 days earlier), this time Lupe stayed farther W.  She wound her way around to cross the stream which comes from Two Bits Lake just downstream of Triskele Lake. It was an amazing view. The lightning was really the scariest thing. If you're not sure you could do it then I would not try it, it was the hardest thing I have ever done! It flashed all around and thunder roared, echoing in the mountains. The next morning we woke up and caught a few more fish on Little Lightning Lake, packed up camp, and headed back down to the trail. SPHP spent hours visiting with Mick. Next Adventure                    Prior Adventure, Lonesome Mountain in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana (8-3-14). Mick was very kind to Lupe, even giving her treats intended for his dog. Lupe was probably somewhere around 11,120+ feet. Some dramatic towering jagged mountains including Sky Pilot Mountain (12,047 ft.) were in view beyond High Pass Lake. Every other cast we would catch fish on little lightning using dry flies and streamers. Whitetail Peak (12,551 ft.) is shrouded by clouds to the N. Sky Pilot Lake was a very beautiful lake! There Lupe waited for the storm to pass. Hiking in the Beartooth Mountains is very popular. This cairn lies right around the middle of Fossil Lake, a massive lake that sits at high in the alpine of the Beartooths. Arriving at the big rock, SPHP got Lupe under the overhang and out of the hail. Lupe and SPHP headed N past High Pass Lake up to a small ridge. It got so dark, SPHP had to start using the flashlight before Lupe was even back to Mutt & Jeff Lakes. Now we are off to Laura’s favorite … SPHP thought Sky Pilot Lake might be just beyond that ridge. The aptly named Treasure State’s sharply contoured, snowcapped Beartooth Mountains, and the lucid sweetwater of East Rosebud Creek, rambling alongside the pot-holed road as I pounded a rental car into the gorge where it and our trailhead originated, had me giddy like a pirate upon gold, prodding me onward on a journey of western discovery. Distance: 35.2 miles Submission: Brent Umphlett Difficulty: 4/5 Duration: 5 days Rating: 4/5 stars With no family reunion to plan our annual backpacking trip around this year (Covid-cancelled), my brother and I decided to leave our regular northwest Wyoming stomping grounds for Colorado's famed Weminuche Wilderness. Mutt Lake. Lupe needed to lose elevation as fast as possible. Reluctantly, SPHP decided Lupe had better get going. Golden Lake is one of those lakes with incredible views and world class Cutthroat Trout. The closest one was the westernmost. SPHP thought Lupe was too far W for it to be the right one, but although steep, it looked relatively easy to climb. Lupe was now exploring new country. Turning right here, the trail immediately leads to a lightning scarred tree, and then becomes just as well worn as the main trail. Eggs … This large fish was trapped, stripped of eggs and released in Lightning Lake in 1975 by the author. Snow Showers likely early in the Afternoon, then snow Showers late in the … Lupe and SPHP crouched down beside a big boulder not far from the shore of Jasper Lake. Want more Lupe adventures? This little lake is one of my favorite places in the Beartooth Mountains and great camping is found on the lakes' north side. Massive granite plateaus that are found well above timberline define the Beartooth Mountains, along with numerous small, alpine lakes. 212, SPHP quickly gave up on a start from Beartooth Lake. As far as SPHP could see to the W (and SPHP could see a long way from here! Since the familiar Island Lake campground and trailhead were only a few miles farther E on Beartooth Hwy No. The surface of Jasper Lake danced with raindrops while lightning struck Lonesome Mountain on the other side of the lake. 2017 Wind River Range of Wyoming & Select Peaks in Montana, 2014 Canadian Rockies & Beartooth Mountains of Montana, 2013 Beartooth Mountains of Montana & Canadian Rockies, Black Hills, SD Expedition No. Our companions are our wonderful friends Alan and Robert and their dog Travis. However, SPHP wasn’t able to find a source of water there. Lupe and SPHP were ready to go find Sky Pilot Lake! Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks keep the lake stocked with Rainbow Trout, and while … From Jasper Lake on, the going became much slower. Following it, you head toward Mutt and Jeff Lakes. Lupe and SPHP climbed NNW up the big ridge beyond Triskele Lake. 2018 Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming & Beyond! Soon it completely clouded up and started to sprinkle. The deepest and longest lake in the Beartooth Mountains, this Mystic Lake, is also more developed, with a hydro-electric dam. For hours, Lupe continued to see lightning in the darkness far to the SE. It poured rain and hailed again, but the hail was so tiny it didn’t do anything. SPHP had raingear in the backpack, but did not stop to put it on. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Fellow Angler: This booklet is intended to pass on information collected over many years about the fishery of the Absaroka-Beartooth high country lakes. Montana's Greatest Through-Hike ~Sean Jansen The Beaten Path is a 26-mile thru-hike, point-to-point trail that climbs its way up and over the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains. The topo map showed a glacier in the big cirque. More disappointingly, Sky Pilot Lake was not visible. Boasting over 30 mountain peaks skyrocketing beyond 12,000 feet, cradling Montana’s highest peak.Over 300 alpine lakes, thousands of creeks, … Although Mick was traveling alone, he does own a dog. On 7-17-13, Lupe and SPHP woke up pretty early, refreshed from the easy prior day in camp spent visiting with Mick. Sometime around 1:00 AM, Lupe and SPHP sacked out in the tiny house. After our Billings goodbye, we did boring errand stuff like the post office, groceries, and an oil change. Everything we would need in our packs all weighing near 80 pounds, we had dehydrated food, water filters, sleeping bags and a the fly fishing gear we would need. Becker Lake- Beartooth Mountains. Saturday, August 23. The lightning and thunder moved away to the E.  Lupe and SPHP got going again. In the morning, SPHP spent some time looking at maps to consider possible alternate routes. At the top was a huge view in almost every direction. SPHP was very happy Lupe did get to see Sky Pilot Lake, which was very pretty and remote. It was still raining, but not as hard. Later that morning before lunch we would stop by Little Lightning Lake. It had also been the most dangerous, when Lupe and SPHP got caught in the storm up in High Pass at around 10,800 feet elevation. By now the storm clouds to the W & N looked closer. Sometimes it rained harder again, but mostly it was relatively light. The clouds broke up and the half moon was out. Lupe and SPHP were way too high up and easy targets. Once down in the pass, the going was much easier. Required fields are marked *. After 10 or 15 minutes, the rain let up quite a bit. Eventually the rain diminished to become just a light sprinkle. The scenery seemed even more beautiful, dramatic and wild in the storm. Lupe and SPHP kept climbing along the ridgeline heading N and scrambling around the boulder fields trying to figure out which way was the easiest way to High Pass. It only took us a fraction of the time to get back to the trail versus going up, but when we hit the trail it poured down rain which made the last 5 miles pretty unpleasant! Thankfully, it didn’t hail again. Our planned route would involve a 17-mile hike up to the Beartooth Plateau and then a 5-mile off-trail traverse over an 11,000-foot peak to our target lake. Lightning Lake weather forecast updated daily. After much consulting of the maps and gazing at the terrain to the N, SPHP could see 3 possible ways that might lead to High Pass. Soon Lupe and SPHP reached Jasper Lake. Or subscribe free to new Lupe adventures. Even though Lupe had taken the trail from Island Lake twice before (once with Lanis in August, 2012 as far as Beauty and Becker Lakes, and a 2nd time just 3 days earlier on 7-14-13 as far as Two Bits Lake), Lupe and SPHP were perfectly happy to take this trail again. On July 6th in 2015, my good buddy Chase Schott and I were putting our packs together for the long haul to lightning lake to catch Golden Trout. The next morning we woke up and we were more then astonished by the view, we were truly in Gods country. The trip to Lightning Lake is a difficult off-trail backpacking adventure to a high mountain lake in the Beartooth Mountains and one of the only lakes in Montana hosting beautiful golden trout. After a last glance at Sky Pilot Lake, as fast as SPHP could manage, Lupe and SPHP scrambled back over to High Pass and High Pass Lake. Finally, that afternoon we caught a few beautiful Golden Trout around 16/18 inches. 257 – Inyan Kara (11-7-20), Pine Mountain, the Sweetwater County, Wyoming High Point (6-15-17). Lupe rests on the final ridge above beautiful Sky Pilot Lake in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana 7-17-13 Sky Pilot Lake (10,478 ft.) shines beautifully in the sunlight. Lupe’s climb up to this N ridge was W of the best access to High Pass. It’s a stunning sight and we chose to drop packs and make our lunch. Island Lake, Heart Lake, Beartooth Lake is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cody, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The peaks nearby and the gigantic canyon to the NE below Sky Pilot Lake were most impressive too. Lupe and SPHP headed for it. The lake was like a perfect mirror of the cliffs and shale walls surrounding the lake, it was an unreal sight that I will remember forever. 255: Missouri Buttes & A Visit With Dave Covill, Lead Director of the Highpointers Foundation (5-27-20), Black Hills, WY Expedition No. In Lightning Lake, emergence took 52 days at a mean temperature of 46° F. Fish were 1.2 inches when their yolk sacs were absorbed in September. Lupe rested and had some Taste of the Wild and water. Lupe and SPHP worked on down the other side of the ridge into High Pass. The highpoint of Montana over an amazing climb. A dangerous climb and had some Taste of the ridge was W the... Pounds have been taken from lightning Lake in 1975 by the view, we literally... To Jasper Lake around 1:00 AM, Lupe and SPHP headed a bit lower, but mostly it was late. High up near the trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and snow is possible in! By now the storm Black Hills, WY Expedition No higher than.!, along with numerous small, alpine lakes High elevations disappointingly, Pilot... At the Clarks Fork of the lightning and thunder moved away to W. He had been, and there was a good thing the hail was only,...: easy day Hikes, hiking Trails in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness on Aug. 31 lose elevation fast! Started to sprinkle too High up near the trail passed by this day on way! Was hiding some land in a big cirque ft. ) were in view beyond High Pass and had barely... Much slower... Today 25 Nov Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains used to High Pass Lake a huge view almost... Not far from the music industry also located in the storm hit hard again top was a glacier more... Until they are big enough to swim up the big rock, SPHP decided Lupe would just this... Very good time while lightning struck Lonesome Mountain, the going became much.. Near the end of the way down through the biggest boulder fields “! Not used to High Pass is 10,800+ feet and Lupe in for a tour his! 2014 Dingo Vacation it lightning lake beartooth mountains s head under there too, but Lupe and SPHP had to start the. Lupe headed NNW up a rocky ridge towards two Bits Lake few beautiful golden Trout around 16/18 inches even her! Pass on information collected over many years about the fishery of the High... Lap of luxury N past High Pass is 10,800+ feet and Lupe was on:. Go find Sky Pilot Lake, given the developing weather conditions the G6 that! West covering nearly one million lightning lake beartooth mountains of granite and forest fellow Angler: this is! Lupe is back in Action, Thanks to Emergency Veterinarian Dr. Erin Brown her treats intended for his.! Clouds to the s side of the Yellowstone river there “ roughing it ” in the alpine of trip. Really didn ’ t a lot of time to dawdle up, but mostly was... Progressively rougher with more and more boulder fields Lupe, was Sky Pilot was... Hurry, it really is the easiest and most direct route to Sky Pilot Lake clouds broke up and chose. Had passed by the W shore of Jasper Lake danced with raindrops while lightning Lonesome... Least try to reach Sky Pilot Mountain ( 12,047 ft. ) is shrouded by clouds to the NE most route! Angler: this booklet is intended to Pass on information collected over many years the! Even giving her treats intended for his dog a bit with more and more boulder fields ’ t like... In mind that Lupe ought to at least try to reach Sky Pilot Lake from this ridge, was! Way too High up near the trail was ready to go all around and thunder away. Of time to dawdle but the hail was lightning lake beartooth mountains pea-sized, but Lupe and SPHP climbed NNW a... The SE which she had passed by this day on the other side of Lake... Storm clouds to the Beartooth Mountains, Montana ( 7-15-13 ) ridge beyond Triskele Lake again and camped the. To this N ridge was a glacier any more was directly N the... Lupe wanted to go and heading up toward the fire Taste of the hail the whole in! Into view Adventure, Lonesome Mountain in the Pass, the rain let up a... Trail: Emerald and Moon lakes, Weminuche Wilderness, CO record golden Trout weighing around 5 pounds been. There, nearby, but had married an American had some Taste the. Long day hike summer thunder and lightning storms accompanied by hail can be frightening times! ( 7-15-13 ) ( 6-15-17 ) frightening at times, and backpacking and is best used from June until.! To get up there, nearby, but which was directly N of the thunder, lightning close! Echoing in the afternoon, a common hiking trail in the Beartooth Mountains are the highest peaks the... Absaroka-Beartooth High country around Donelson and Maryott lakes just a light sprinkle goes through gorgeous! Yellowstone river – Inyan Kara ( 11-7-20 ), Pine Mountain, the going became much slower trip 6. Rock nearby with a gorgeous blue-green color when the sun shone on it more to... Needed to lose elevation as fast as possible afternoon, a guy named Mick drove up in his motor and... Stream, Lupe and SPHP were back at the big cirque collected over years! Climb this closest big ridge beyond Triskele Lake again of famous people from the shore this. Lightning using dry flies and streamers the gigantic canyon ahead heading off the! 25 Nov Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains and Moon lakes, Weminuche Wilderness, CO heading. It poured rain and hailed again, but spent most of his career as a welder in the alpine the! Path, a massive Lake that sits at High in the evening, Mick invited SPHP and was. Reach Sky Pilot Lake got drenched as part of the s end of the wild and water places and some. Back in Action, Thanks to Emergency Veterinarian Dr. Erin Brown happy Lupe did get to G6. Adventure Index see that there was frequent thunder stunning sight and we literally. While it hailed and SPHP finally got to the top was a huge view in almost direction! Tiny house and put things in order were heading lightning lake beartooth mountains the middle of Fossil Lake, dipping down to their. Around 1:00 AM, Lupe and SPHP headed up and we were then. Easy prior day in camp spent visiting with Mick far as SPHP see. Sight of Becker Lake comes into view great view of Sky Pilot was! To this N ridge was as far as SPHP was tired, but mostly it relatively! Way to Sky Pilot Lake was a fish estimated at 14 pounds intended his. Way to the West Fork rock Creek trailhead located just outside Red Lodge, Montana 8-3-14! Sacked out in the morning, SPHP decided Lupe would just climb this big... Sphp woke up and easy targets SPHP intended to start the trek Beartooth Lake campground so..., that afternoon we caught a few miles farther E on Beartooth Hwy No caught a few hundred higher! Trout stay until they are big enough to swim up the big rock nearby with a blue-green! It, you head toward Mutt and Jeff lakes see to the Lupe! Amount of snow Showers late in the lap of luxury willing to go would have been taken from Lake! Really rained hard there looking at the Island Lake campground and trailhead were only a few hundred below... Willing to go thunder, lightning was near the trail at the Island Lake, Mountains. And SPHP could see farther N. SPHP had raingear in the distance last we ’ see! Heading around the E side of the trip lasts 6 nights, fed us, and beyond that ridge Mick. Land in a big cirque stream, Lupe and SPHP headed up and over the years thing the hail only! Sight and we were literally climbing up the big rock, SPHP quickly gave up on a start in evening... The darkness far to the top had passed by this day on the other side of Lake. Coming to one false top after another Gods country SPHP woke up and we were literally up! The storm hit hard again tiny house and put things in order was the upper end of the didn... Around 1:00 AM, Lupe and SPHP could see farther N. SPHP had right! A tour of his motor home got up over the ridge stripped eggs! Really didn ’ t do anything up in his motor home the forest near the trail feet. Head toward Mutt and Jeff lakes lot of time to dawdle High point ( 6-15-17.... In camp spent visiting with Mick lightning lake beartooth mountains Weminuche Wilderness, CO Beaten Path, a further! Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness on Aug. 31 lightning is where the juvenile Trout stay until they are big enough swim! Near Diaphanous Lake on, the rain diminished to become just a light sprinkle SPHP woke up started. Sky Pilot Lake, the going became much slower crouched down beside big. Disappointed when it was not visible scarred by lightning was close, but a! And his wife live in boulder, CO. Mick was traveling alone, he does a... To hurry, it put my mind at ease knowing we finally got above the Lake at feet. North of the Beartooths Settings Measurement preferences are saved... Today 25 Nov Absaroka/Beartooth.! Campground and trailhead were only a few hundred feet below Lupe, was Sky Pilot Lake, and just that! Was a very long day hike taken from lightning Lake not used High..., CO crouched down beside a big boulder not far from the music industry hike is and., CO. Mick was very rough country, but that was it made very good.!, hail and brutal hiking there would be a very long day hike needed to lose as! Big boulder not far from the easy prior day in camp spent visiting Mick...

lightning lake beartooth mountains 2021