Trail Shots: Furry and friendly guests

Craig Macholz descends to Lockwood Lake in the Mill Creek drainage. Credit: Justin Grigg



With many Montana runners taking part in a busy race weekend, those of us who weren't nearly had the mountains to ourselves.

Well, if you don't count the bears.

Here are this week's Trail Shots:

Just north of Hamilton, Craig Macholz and I ran 26 miles up Fred Burr Creek over a pass and down Mill Creek on Saturday. We were joined by Dana Bandy, who ran at the start and end, and drove between trailheads for us.

Not even half a mile into the Fred Burr Trail we scared a small black bear up a hill and also heard a crash through the trees below us. Later into the run, Craig and I found fresh tracks and scat on the trail.

After crossing into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, we also found too many downed trees to count, significantly slowing our progress, but in the end made it up and over the snowy pass.

The view from Red Mountain. Credit: Dakota Umbel
Dakota Umbel, Forrest Boughner and Jesse and Kailee Carnes found some snow, as well, on their run up Red Mountain north of Lincoln.

The four did some postholing and glissading at times, but were rewarded with views for miles into the Scapegoat Wilderness from the high point of the Lewis and Clark Range.

Coming back down from Sheep Mountain. Credit: Chad Strickland
Back in Missoula, Chad Strickland and others played host to Ambyr Bochmann, who is trail running her way across the United States. You can read more About Ambyr at her blog.

On Saturday, they ran 20 miles, up Sheep Mountain and back from Woods Gulch in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area.

They, too, found several downed trees - and scared a bear off the trail about halfway up.

On Sunday, Chad and Darren Bayer took Amber on an easier 10-mile loop over Mount Sentinel.

If you'd like to share a photo for Trail Shots, post it to the Montana Trail Crew Facebook page - enjoy the weekend!

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