|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|
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|
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!