Trail Shots: Turned back in Missions, clear in Rattlesnake

Up McDonald Peak in the Mission Mountains. Credit: Forrest Boughner


Welcome to Trail Shots, featuring photos of runners' adventures in Montana.

We'll be showing off where they went and what they saw on the way there. In this post, for example, there's still plenty of snow in the high country, but it's possible to get into the Missions, Bitterroot and Rattlesnake mountains.

If you'd like to share, you can post to the Montana Trail Crew Facebook page.

Photo of the week might have to go to Forrest Boughner, who made an attempt to reach McDonald Peak in the Mission Mountains with John Fiore on Sunday after they ran in the Pengelly races on Saturday.

Numerous avalanches forced them to turn back about 200 feet from the top.

Bass Lake thawing out. Credit: Katie Gibson

Katie Gibson is one of several runners who have been to Bass Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness recently. There was still some ice on the lake last week and a rock slide covered the trail about half a mile below it.

"It's passable, but it kinda looks like you're losing the trail for a few yards," she wrote.

Jonah Brown at Sheep Mountain. Credit: Steve Brown

Steve and Jonah Brown ran up Sheep Mountain recently, where they found several downed trees, snow and a "wildflower extravaganza."

A stop at the Twin Lakes overlook in the Rattlesnake Wilderness. Credit: Margie Menendez
On Tuesday, Margie Menendez was up to the Twin Lakes overlook, just below Stuart Peak in the Rattlesnake Wilderness.

The trail is clear of downed trees to the wilderness boundary, she reported. She also noted a black bear up there, so be aware.

With this week's hot weather, access to the high country should be getting easier. Enjoy the weekend!

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