Signs are posted, this one has an orange flag because its in the middle of a meadow and when the snow gets deep, it would be hard to see.
This pine tree is growing smack in the middle of a rock. Talk about a survivor.
One of the many "barriers" that must be skirted before climbing to the peak. When the trail peters out, and you're standing above the abyss on loose scree, turn around. You missed the turn off, seldom marked, and found on the other side of the wall.
Today I bit off a lot. On trail by 7 a.m a light mist was falling, the sky was overcast, a little sucker hole appearing momentarily, and I was headed for a mountain top 10 miles away.
I've heard about this peak, the sketchy last miles, the scree so loose grown men will cry. Now I see why. There were times I totally lost the trail, finding myself looking out over the abyss. Finally, I came to my senses, turned around, looked over the boulder wall I thought was put there to keep me from sliding off. Nope, it was put there to hide the real trail, a tight set of switch backs easily missed when they take off beneath a lone pine, squeezing behind a set of boulders or just appear out of no where.
By noon I'd decided to rest, sitting atop the final ridge, glancing up to the Knob which makes the summit. Or so I'm told. Two guys arrived, they weren't sure either what the official summit was. I hoped there would be a sign telling us we'd arrived.
I was testing a new pair of boots I'd bought in West Yellowstone. They are Merrell, the continuum series, a leather boot of sorts, high top and yet so light weight I actually bought them. There is a minature tag that says Waterproof on them. We'll see. I'll let you know.
The one thing I was disappointed with is the inserts. Its a shame a person has to buy decent inserts for a $100 boot and swap them out.. The tread is great on this hiking boot and they weren't hot on this 19 mile hike. All in all, it seems to be a good fit for the mountains here.