21 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain • 2 nights
I'll have to add to this later. All I can say for now is that this was an amazing parade of lakes, valleys, mountains, waterfalls, meadows, trout, and general fantastic-ness that I will guarantee a return to this area to do a more thorough exploration. You really get everything you could hope for in this hike. Want to fish? You can hardly get your caddis on the water before you're pulling in another delicious golden trout. Want to see wildlife? You'd better want to (keep in mind that it is serious grizzly country, so making some noise on the trail is a must, though may scare off other critters as well). Want to see hundreds of varieties of wildflowers (like pink and purple paintbrush or white and yellow columbine)? How about dense forests on your way to alpine tundra? Maybe you want to swim? How about find morel mushrooms? Honestly, the only wish you'll have ungranted in this area is a break from the hordes of mosquitos (they don't really respond to 100% deet repellant). What an amazing trip - not to mention that you have to drive through Yellowstone and/or the Beartooth Highway just to get to the trailhead.